This book has it all; great characters, interesting story, numerous twists, and satisfying ending. Looking forward to the second and third books in this series. I wish Stieg Larsson was still around to write more. He was a unique talent who didn't get to see us enjoy the fruits of his labor.
Also, can't say enough about Reg Keeland's translation. He managed to make it easy enough for non-Swedes to understand while keeping the atmosphere intact.
Simon Vance is excellent as always.
This book is many mysteries in one. The characters are fascinating and the reader perfect. I actually listened to it twice. The second time was even better as I knew who all the characters were. Looking forward to listening to Book 2 in the series.
This novel is not an easy one to categorize. A combination of murder mystery, love story, family saga, character study, and financial crime novel is not commonplace. But even then, the sum is greater than any of those parts. It is pretty original and takes some surprising turns, but I found it to be readily accessible. Overall I found it to be a highly enjoyable read.
I even enjoyed the quirky (at least from an American point of view) food and cultural Swedish references throughout - though of course this is what the rest of the world puts up with all the time as they read best-selling American authors.
This is definitely not a book for children (or young teens) but I believe it is a worthwhile read for adults looking for something not quite as formulaic as we are used to. It does start off a bit slow (though still entertaining) but halfway through it picks up steam til the very end.
Great story, well written and it gets better as you listen. The narrator does an incredible
job building up the story and the characters. I Can’t wait to listen to the sequel.
The style of writing was difficult to follow at first. It was slow and seemed to lack direction - was I wrong. By the last 5 hours I could not stop listening. I found the book so enjoyable I downloaded the next book in the trilogy. Also this was the first narrative by Simon Vance I actually enjoyed.
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To say this book starts slow, would be kind. It starts out very slow. I downloaded the book in May and just finished it. Each time I tried to listen to more of it, another book came along and I quickly jumped books, but then, I'd try it again while looking for a new book. Along with a friend of mine that said stick with it, it's just about going to get good. For me that started at disc 7, you may want to go abridged on this book. the rest of the book was an interesting murder, killer, sex, mystery. I am now at a cross road, what book to listen to next, do I jump into book 2, if I do it will be abridged