The story may be good but I can't concentrate or keep up with the story because the narration is so bad. The guy sounds the same for each character, even for the women character-just sounds like an old Englishman. This may be better if read.
How long can it take an author to set up a plot? How about half of the book. Fill it up with a plethora of characters, add some blah,blah,blah, throw in a gross sex scene. It was all I could do to start the second part of the story. I should know by now that if it's bad in the beginning it won't get any better.
I was so disappointed with this read, I couldn't finish it. I tried to force myself but it was too painfully overwritten, and I lost interest and focus completely.
I've listened to many mysteries, thrillers, etc., and keep looking for different authors to get away from the mainstream US "thriller" writers. Along with Henning Mankell this author actually writes a book without adhering to the basic US "script". The characters are wonderfully developed, and the plot twists keep you listening. Look for others like him and Mankell. You won't be disappointed.
I enjoyed this audio book, but didn't really love it like some of the other reviewers. I liked the characters - and I liked how it was written - very really, very complex. You felt like you got to know the main players and could empathize with a lot of their situations, whether those situations were real or not. And I thought the narrator was excellent. Funny hearing a British accent for a Swedish story. But, for me, it worked well. The only thing I didn't like about the story was the fact I felt it could've been an hour or maybe two shorter. It was loaded with details - sometimes too much - and I felt like it should've been wrapped up much sooner. That being said, I understand it's part of a 3-book trilogy and I will certainly download book 2.
Time and again I fall for hype. And this book is no exception to that rule. How this book became so popular is beyond my ability to comprehend. A basic murder mystery among a large cast of familial characters, so easy to figure out the resolution that it's laughable. I won't give it away, but if you didn't see it coming, you were probably in a somnambulist trance induced by listening to the book.
Moreover, if you have any thoughts whatsoever that this book is mainly about a girl with a dragon tattoo, set them aside. She is nothing but a supporting character to the main, Mikhail Blomkvist. And that is sad because she's got a lot of potential as an interesting character.
Finally, brace yourself for an inordinate amount of brand name-dropping. So much so that Larsson has managed to date this book with the use of brands that are no longer in existence. It's not surprising that the author had such a rough time of getting these novels published. Perhaps the last two in the series are better than the first, but I won't waste any more credits to find out.
All the above said, I do think this might make a pretty good movie. Why? Because movies have to "show" rather than "tell," and showing is just not Larsson's strong suite.
Have started this book over 4 times once on a boring road trip and couldn't get more than 2 hours into it. Boring, stilted and I cared little about any character after 2 hours. Reading other reviews regarding graphic rape and torture elements I am now glad I never got past the beginning.
I selected this book because of all of the excellent reviews. I was very disappointed with it. The story is not so much full of 'twists' but rather rambling and chaotic as if the Writer couldn't figure out which story line to follow. I found myself losing track of the story as it could never engage me fully enough. I had to relisten to sections because the story would lose my interest and it would take off in another tangent. The title is very misleading. The narrator was good but perhaps his own accent added to the chaotic nature of the story. I would pass on this book particularly for the price.
The author seemed a lot more concerned about detailing sexual exploits than telling a story. It was disgusting enough I stopped listening before the end which is something I almost never do.