Loved it! Mikael and Lisbeth aren't super heroes with extraordinary powers, although, Lisbeth's "talents" are a little frightening. They are ordinary people digging in the dirt of the rich and powerful, what they find could have happened anywhere...scarey thought. I thought Simon Vance was great with his ability to give each character a very distinct personality with just a voice. I am looking forward to the next book!
I did not love this book right from the get go, it was a slow start, but I definitely got much better deeper into the story. My daughter read this book and kept telling me to stick with it that it gets much better and I'm glad I did. now I'm ready for book two.
The first time I started this book, I listened to the first few chapters and gave up. Somehow I just couldnt get into it. However, after a few months I decided to give it another try, and I am very glad I did.
I listened to this unabridge version over two days, whilst undertaking some chores - this was the perfect story to get me through my housework. I have listened to many Audible books over the years, and this is one of the best I have downloaded. The 'swedish' backdrop combined with engaging characters helped to make this book interesting and different. I finished this book about an hour ago, & I have just logged on to download the next story written by this author...I cant give a better recommendation than that.
While I truly enjoyed both the majority of writing (and narration) there are a couple of graphic rape scenes that seem to be unnecessarily included, and overly detailed. It actually made me slightly sick. The worst part is that outside of these few minutes the mystery, action, and writing style are superb. Without those graphic scenes it would have been 4 or 5 stars.
Greg in San Jose
Larsson is clearly a talented writer, and, I believe, could have made this story fascinating without the religio/sexual brutalities he chose as a major part of his focus. The more I read the less I want to fill my mind with that kind of crap, even if skill fully presented. I bought into the hype and bought the book - I was disappointed in the end.
How can you say any more superlatives that have not already be said about this trilogy, except to add your voice? AND Simon Vance is a fantastic reader, perfect for this series. I will look for other books he has narrated. I am so sorry Stieg Larsson died before he could see the global love for his creations.
Boss's wife recommended but I was skeptical. Title sounded unappealing but Mrs. Boss is well read so I gave it a shot. Very, very good. Can't wait to read the others.
I had 2 very different people recommend this book to me so i figured it HAD to be good. It was very hard to get into at the beginning since there was so much family history presented before I could even get a feel for the main characters. I felt the need to just push through the beginning because I knew there had to be something else. The story on the whole was very well written and kept my interest until 3 quarters of the way through, at which point I found the book incredibly vulgar. I am a woman in my late 20s and do not consider myself conservative in my thoughts but was utterly disgusted with the book.
I first read the book a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Listening to the book is like visiting with an old friend. I find the characters to be well defined and consistent throughout the novel. I completed my listen today and am immediately purchasing the next two volumes.
The plot, characters and execution of this book are great, but I really would have preferred an Abridged version. There are only so many descriptors I can take before it feels like a Ba-taan Death March through a Thesaurus.