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+++++++++++++
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is an excellently written novel with extremely engaging characters! The first book starts a little slowly, but hang in there! It is well worth it. There are some very violent and even brutal scenes in the book, but they are integral to the story and I find that the author relates these scenes well. Many modern authors, I feel, would have exploited these scenes for their shock value and described them far more graphically. These scenes may shake you somewhat, but they do not leave you feeling as though you need to take a shower afterward. I hope you know what I mean by that. Anyway, this was an excellent listen with fantastic narration. A worthy expenditure of a credit for sure!
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!