This family saga of a missing loved one for 40 years is solved by two people whose paths cross in the most unlikely of circumstances. I feel this is a story within a story. Very moving. The characters are diverse, the story gripping, a mystery and sad tale until the end. Justice pervails. Highly recommend this book, then go see the movie.
A very well conceived story, engagingly read by Simon Vance. A friend warned me not to try to "figure it out" but I did predict a few of the key elements in the story. BUT, nonetheless, it did not detract, and I enjoyed the story to the end. The ending was bittersweet, but created a nice set up for the next book. P.S. If you like help keeping track of complicated plot elements, I recommend you go to Amazon and take a look at the family tree that is printed at the front of the book. I didn't need it, but it may help your understanding of the many Vanger family members in the story.
I managed to listen to the entire book. The narrator was excellent. The character development and plot were lame. The entire first half had no drive. I would not recommend it to anyone, but I am interested in looking into other books narrated by Simon Vance.
The beginning is needlessly detailed about the business dealings of the villians. However....if you can get past the first quarter of the novel without crying your eyes out and without becoming completely confused about who is who....Salander is addicting and you find yourself rooting for her. I only finished because I spent a credit on it. I actually had to listen to the first hour or so twice to get the characters straight. Reading it may have been less confusing. I'M BUYING THE SEQUEL I'M HOOKED NOW.
Loved listening to these books, I don't think I could have read them with all the Swedish names, roads, towns. The narrator is great with the dialog and the story is fast paced and engaging. I look so forward to taking my walk everyday now, it's always over too soon!
Although a BIT difficult to follow at first (names, places, and colloquialisms were unfamiliar and I tended to mix them up until I became used to them), this is a intelligent and unpredictable novel. It has truly powerful female characters with the main male character being intelligent but not without weaknesses too - his weaknesses make him all the more sympathetic and believable. I highly recommend this to the serious reader.