A page turner to the end. Like an accident you can't turn away from. Horrible violence. Graphic abuse. Written by someone who knows these characters and their world through and through. I know it is part of a series and I will give the next two books a pass. One harrowing read is enough for me.
What a great suprise, if you can get thru the first 45 minutes, and keep track of the characters, and their Swedish names you will be rewarded with a great story with: mystery, murder, a wealthy complex dsyfunctional family,and intriguing smart lead characters interaction. If you are looking for a quick read..don't get this one...it needs to be savored
I have become so tired of the same ol' sociopaths/pathology gore/old boys' squadrooms and guns, guns, guns. Here the characters are interesting, plot complex and writing intriguing enough to keep me up at night and get me looking forward to the next book. I recommend it for anyone looking for something a bit different
Amazing book, amazing narrator. A great way to spend 15 hours of your life. Just be willing to let the story happen as it does. Definitely an adult book; could be disturbing to some individuals: but oh, what a ride.
Quick explanation for those jumping into this cold: The author was a writer and activist in Sweden who envisioned and wrote a series of novels in his spare time. He published three of what was supposed to be a ten part series, then died, with the outlines of several more novels in his notes.
This is important because some things happen in this novel which set up events in later novels. I found this out listening to the second novel, when some of the seemingly gratuitous events in the first novel came into play.
This is a smart novel with interesting characters and unusual mysteries, set in Sweden. The settings alone make it interesting. The central mysteries themselves are not well executed in this book, but there are underlying themes involving gender, mental illness, governmental abuse and freedoms, that make it a smarter novel than the mystery alone does. Overall, it reads like a good first novel, complete with rookie mistakes, by a writer with something to say.
The narration is excellent, though some of the names blended together in my American ear, and some of the novel dragged or got confusing when the author described something he expected his Scandanivian audience to know. It pulls it all together by the end to create a richer story than the average thriller serial novel.
Some of it may disturb sensitive American ears, though. Just to warn you. Don't listen with your kids. Some scenes are a bit sexually blunt.
The mystery is exciting. Nothing however compares to the characters. Blomkvist is someone you love and hate but you hope gets everything right and great in the end. Lisbeth is infectious, she gets under your skin and she is just someone you want to know. She is a genius character that will be remembered with other great characters. I finished listening to the first book and I went right out and bought the 2nd and 3rd because there was no doubt I wouldn't love them. And I did.
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This was a very enjoyable listen, well crafted story,interesting characters, and a top notch reader. This book illustrates one of the reasons I love audible. The beginning of the story is a bit slow and I suspect if I had been presented with the wealth of Sweedish proper nouns I would have quit. However, when the names are read to you and properly pronounced instead it is a great new experience. I will definitely follow up on this tilogy.
I loved this story! While it did start out slow, it became riveting! For a good commute thriller/mystery, you can't go wrong.
In the tradition of great Swedish mysteries, Stieg Larson does a lovely job with this book. Calm, direct, unemotional, and fascinating, this book delivers. Great narrator as well.
It's always a bit disturbing to read comments about books which the reviewers didn't actually listen to. In the case of this highly compelling, intelligently written novel, some just didn't like a character or two, or didn't like the theme, or the slow unveiling of the plot. Why give a low rating to a book you didn't actually listen to? I'd have a lot more respect for their opinions if they'd actually had the patience to complete the novel.
On the other hand, many of us found ourselves unable to turn off our iPods, drawn in by the terrific character development, the descriptions, the realistically portrayed situations. I am anxious for the sequel, coming soon.