Business Physicist and Astronomer
First, I made the mistake of starting with the Girl Who Played with Fire. I was hours into it and did not like it at all. Then I read that the order was important---so, being a trooper, I went back in and bought this book.
WOW! It all made sense and I was hooked from the start. Now what I heard, and will re-hear, from the second book makes more sense and I can't wait to get started.
So, if you bought this one but not the first book, you'd better get the first. The order is very important in these books as they are very dependent.
Great listen. Couldn't stop.
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
This is my favorite audiobook to date, combining great book + great narration. The characters are complex and interesting, the plot is compelling, and the mystery gripping. I've already listened to it twice.
The narration is excellent, a British take on the different Swedish accents, including non-annoying nuances for characters' varying genders, ages, and social classes.
One word of advice: the first section is hard to follow. Mentally skim this part, especially when he explains the lawsuit against the protagonist, which is unnecessarily detailed. Hang in there and you will be rewarded!
I was hesitant about this book but decided to listen to it based on the reviews. The first two hours concerned me because the character development was slow but then after that it took off and I thought it was an excellent mystery. The narrator was fabulous, one of the best I've ever heard, crystal clear and good inflection. I will get the other two when they eventually come out on audible.
This is only the second time I have ever been tempted to stop an audio without completing it, but I hung in there. It actually gets very interesting if you can make it past the first 10 chapters.
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The first few hours of the book were a challenge. It didn't pull me in and I really wondered what all the excitement was about. Eventually I got hooked and enjoyed the ride. I will buy the next book in the series.
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.
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
Thought this was a very entertaining book and the reader is engaging. You will not find yourself losing track of what's gone before. However, there are two scenes (1 rape and 1 animal mutiliation) that are disturbing if you are not prepared for them emotionally. Be forewarned. But do not let that dissuade you from taking up this book.
This is one of those cases where I have trouble understanding criticisms, although if you don't accept the premise during the first hour of the story then it may not work for you. My opinion is that this book shows mastery at so many levels: sopphistication of plot and "mystery puzzles", credible high tech tricks, judicious use of criminal pshychology, two very likable characters, absence of dull spots, high level of meaningful detail, first rate narator. It is a tragedy the author died before this was published.