I suppose I'm with the other reviewers who said this book wasn't exactly what the media hyped it up to be. I guess my assumption was that this would be a straight-forward murder-mystery with all the applicable twists and turns, but it wasn't. Actually, I found this book to be surprisingly intellectual (over my head at times, but the author makes catching up fairly easy w/o being obvious) and riveting. The story is involved to say the least- it's obvious that the author put a lot of time and thought into the characters and story that haunt this book, and his efforts don't go unnoticed as he pulls the reader in and really forces you/me/the reader to identify with the who, what and why of this novel. The book starts off slow (all the books in this series follow the same pattern) but keep reading and I promise you, you won't be disappointed.
Honestly, I think the narrator (Simon Vance) bumps this audiobook from a 4-star rating to a 5-star rating; the voices he does are subtle but effective and his inflection is spot-on. If you like this installment, I encourage you to listen to the next two- you won't regret it.
I did really enjoy the book, but it had a lot of financial information that would get too in depth at times. Hang in there until about chapter 8.
It was naturally a little slow with getting to know the characters, most of them a little unusual. But you got to know the off beat ones and to understand them some what. I never knew what was going to happen next, or who the good and bad guys were, for a while. But I got to know them all pretty well by the end. There were some very nasty individuals, and some really good ones. The story grabbed me and made me want to know more.
It's been quite a while since I've read anything that kept me coming back at all hours to continue, and it's one of the few heavily promoted publications that I feel has really lived up to the media hype. What a really great read. I can hardly wait to move on to "The Girl Who Played with Fire."
Great, a great start to the trilogy. Good narrator. I think it's the strongest of the series of three. Once you start you can't stop, but number 1 is the superior.
Please don???t categorize these books as "violence against women." They're thrillers, like Vince Flynn's series or John Sandford's. Theirs aren't exactly tame, but no one takes one or two scenes of Flynn???s and Sandford???s books and brands the entire book based on those paragraphs. Trust me, if there are any violent sections, they are brief and necessary.
I don't watch much or any TV, nor do I listen to or like any books or movies one would rate anything stronger than PG or PG-13. Silence of the Lambs, The Exorcist? R u kidding?? and I am 50+. I haven't stopped listening to this entire series since I downloaded all 3 books two months ago, literally. I am normally a significant Audible customer: I haven't purchased another book since then. They are probably wondering where I went. Well, I went into Lisbeth Salander-land.
To be balanced, some of the story is a little far fetched, for example, she is a self-taught extreme hacker. You just have to go with it, and love it about her.
I don???t know why I never ???read??? these books before. I think it was the Hornet and the Bee-Keeper connotation. I can only encourage you to read all three in order. p.s. This is the first review I have written on Audible.
I really liked this book and it was well worth the time I invested in it. The characters were intersting and complex. The story flowed on many levels with multiple plots unfolding at once. I look forward to the "hornets nest" and hope it lives up to its predecessor.
This book was great. I'm really sick of coming on here and seeing people complain about "Sex, violence, rape, gayness, nakedness"
GROW THE HECK UP! This stuff goes on in the world and it happens more than you'd like to imagine. You can sit in your safe little bubbles all you like but the world is a violent, sexual, intense place. Don't knock talented authors for not being afraid to write about things that make you "uncomfortable". It's supposed to make you feel that way. Go read children's books if you want happy little stories with no violence, sex, death, or depth. The rest of us like to be excited, afraid, disgusted and afraid when it comes to fiction. Emotions you don't feel in your average day... You people should research the books you buy before you buy them... the internet is here for a reason.
I love this book. The narration was perfect and the characters come alive. The story is interesting and has some really tense moments that keep you guessing about what going to happen next. i thoroughly suggest it.
The good: I couldn't stop listening to or talking about this first book of the Millenium trilogy. I've mentioned and recommended this book to everyone I come across. Thrilling action. Interesting characters. Believeable and enthralling subject matter. I absolutely couldn't WAIT to see the movie! I highly recommend watching the movie after you finish this first book, before you start the second one. Don't ruin it for yourself, though, finish the whole book before watching. Seeing the characters in action made the second book even better (and it was also INCREDIBLE!!). I listen to audiobooks during my commute instead of the radio and I find myself driving more slowly so I can get more story per drive! It's even saved me gas money by slowing me down, lol. At just over 17 hours, there's a lot of content here, and worth every minute. A++++ The bad: I couldn't stop listening to it !!!! It was so good, it kind of took over my life for a few weeks. I found myself sitting in my car for a half hour after I got to my destination. Ha ha ha. Really, my only negative comments are 1) the book was obviously written in Swedish for Swedish people to read. The only reason I say that's a negative aspect is that there are tons of references to local politics and geography which had me a little lost since I was driving for the majority of the book and found it difficult to keep the names and places straight without the benefit of google maps. I did a lot of rewinding and re-listening to parts, which made made a big difference in my comprehension. As I said to my mom when she was reading the hardcopy - try not to get lost in the numerous details and just concentrate on the people and the plot. Once she did, she flew right through and, like me, loved it! 2) There is much mature subject matter, and is probably not a great choice for the delicate psyche. A+++++++++++++