This book started off very slow, and I thought that I was not going to continue listening. However, about a quarter way through I found myself engrossed in it. I loved the characters, especially Lizbeth, I loved her grit. I recommend this book, am glad I did not give up.
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.
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
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!
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.
I loved this book! Except for a brief bit of background at the beginning of the book I never found it to be boring during it's 15 hours. Hated to have it end. This and The Thirteenth Tale are two of the best books I've enjoyed in a long time.
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What I loved: The mystery/thriller part of this book was fascinating, engaging, and quite a ride. I had a hard time figuring out who did it and why. When I found out, it was a great journey to the end, which is far away at that point in the book.
What I liked: Most of the characters were really well thought out. Each one flushed out just enough by the author that you could understand their motivations and personalities. You weren't sitting there at any point going "no way he/she would have done that". Some of the characters are quite shocking though, so be prepared for that.
What I thought was "sorta ok": The financial part of the story was not all that thrilling, at least from my point of view. It was kind of like 2 books in one, like it was hard to decide which one the author really wanted to write. I could have done without "LS" rape scene, it was a little too graphic for me but it was a significant reason she does a lot of things.
What I didn't like: Nothing really. Thought the beginning dragged a bit (first 5 chapters or so) but you quickly forget that as the story starts rolling.
Why I gave it a 4: This was a really well rounded story with intriguing plots, storylines, and characters. There were definite "edge of your seat moments" followed by "let me devour the information presented moments". Had the beginning been a bit more catchy and the financial storyline been a little less detailed, it would have gotten a 5.
I spent a couple years in Sweden and speak fluent Swedish, so when I read the raving reviews I really looked forward to reading this one. This is a mystery in name only... the real mystery is why none of the reviews mention the fact that it is explicit and disturbing. I am a well adjusted and happily married adult, but I found the sexual scenes and the overall attitude towards sex to be destructive and degrading. It wasn't just a scene or two, it was a common element.
I could only take so much. I filed this one in my
Probably nothing. The story line was way too political. Definitely not what I was looking for.
Extremely boring. Could not get into this book no matter how hard I tried. Very hard to follow.
Not sure.... someone without the boring English accent?
I didn't finish it. It was too violent. The language was horrific, who talks like that????? I hate when authors use shock value rather than talent.