I have to say I was rather disappointed with this book. Much of that disappointment comes from too much expectation, given the reviews it received here. It is AT BEST ONLY AVERAGE. Excellent plot, average writing and no characters that I found the least bit likable. It started very slowly and never really gained much speed. How so many people could rate this with 5 stars is beyond me. I can only assume they don't listen to very many books. It's not bad, but it is certainly not exceptional.
I tried very hard to concentrate on the book on several occassions. However the book was so slow and boring I found my mind drifting to other subjects. Do not buy this book
This book is so good it hurts. The story is so engaging and told so well that one has to hold on, white knuckled, until the end.
This book is an extremely slow and torturous read. I kept waiting for the 'intrigue', 'suspense', and 'fascination' the others who reviewed this book commented on. There was an incredible amount of irrelevant and mundane information, dead-end and undeveloped characters, and an overwhelming use of annoyingly repetitive email correspondence dissertation. The 'spunky' girl whom some reviewers seemed to adore is an emotionally and mentally damaged autistic savant, and the protagonist is a sex crazed liberal journalist. Over all: horribly written, with poorly developed characters. Was this his first book? He definitely needs an editor.
I loved the book until the very last sentence. I was enthralled, entertained, enraptured--and then enraged. I don't think I'll read another of this author's books because I don't want to be disappointed again. I guess I want happy endings and this didn't deliver.
I'll be honest and state that I did not listen to part two of the book. By the time I was two-thirds of the way through part one I was bored silly. I kept persevering because this book had such good reviews. I kept telling myself that it would get better. Maybe it does. But, honestly, I was so bored that I couldn't stand it. And parts of it were a bit disgusting. I finally gave up. I just don't get the good reviews.
Don't waste your time and money. Unceasing genderism throughout like, by the time she was 18 she didn't know a single girl who had not been forced to a sex act against her will. Wow, not one, huh? Glad to know the author isn't perpetuating this mass victimology fantasizing that grows to the degree of delusion we have going on. Of course the very few "good guys" are emasculated externally and internally,unlike the women, of course. Author explains how her trustee has the power to make her his rape-slave. Even explains this nanny state trustee practice as if not rare... yet apparently our "intellectual" author is too unintelligent to conclude the nanny state itself is the root of the situation created. Tired, old anti-establishment crap like, walking to work a cop without any provocation strikes her and runs off when she raises her formatable Coke bottle to counterattack. Apparently a demonstration so far away as to not be seen was going on -but you know those constantly violent cops. A bit about how finacial journalists were pushing the company party lines instead of being objective and using some critical thinking, like crime or political journalists do -I haven't had a laugh like that from an audiobook in a while. Not a bad narration voice but the book itself is rubbish.
I loved how it kept feeding you pieces of the mystery. All of the characters were suspicious so you never knew who was guilty and who was just plain odd. Great heroine, loved her grit. The performance was also great, couldn't have picked a better narrator.
Yes, it kept your mind working trying to figure out the history of the main characters as well as the mystery.
Great narrative timing.
The Girl With The Dragon tattoo ...and the Heart of a Lion
I read the books in order, each one as good as good as the others. They are all must listens.
I would recommend this book, and I have...great story telling, captivating, you wonder what the point is and keep reading/listening.