Before you start reading my re-buff (at the beginning) be it known that I just purchased the next book in the trilogy and it is unabridged.
I had heard that this book was hard to get into. Thus, I purchased the abridged version. Thank God that I did because the first half, even abridged, really dragged. Why this was a European blockbuster best-seller is beyond me. Along with the VERY slow start, the Swedish names because they unfamiliar were difficult to keep straight and remember. A good book, yes, but a blockbuster is a stretch.
Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker with an amazing photographic memory and anti-social tendencies who has a dragon tattoo did not have an important part in the book until the second half. Even then, she was not a focal character. Thus, I do not understand the name of the book. If you are trying to quit smoking or drink coffee, don’t read this book. These two items are more focal that Lisbeth.
Get past the first half and you'll meet some really interesting characters and get into a good complex mystery. The book takes many twists. That is why I have purchased the next in the series.
Martin Wenner is probably the worst narrator that I have heard. He doesn’t even attempt women’s voices. It is a straight read. He is NOT the reader of the next book that I have purchased.
The writer kept you captivated the whole book.
Loved the narrator.
The book was very graphic but I couldn't stop listening and hoping for revenge.
I listened to it twice. So many details to the book - some missed the first listen. Excellently written book; ending not as predictably as so many are. Takes a while to really get
The plot did keep me interested. And there was a
I did like Wenner's performance. He read it it a way that sounded true to the fact of being written in Swedish and translated into spoken British-English, not spoken American-English. I actually read the book first myself. Was so hard to get into but loved it in the end. I listened to it because I wanted to hear it read with the right culture emphasis.
Wanted to listen all in one sitting but was not able to do so.
Can't wait to read/listen to next in the series.
As far as suspenseful books go, this is fairly well done. The last chapters tend to be a bit slow compared to the exciting build up in the middle of the book, but it is nice to have the loose ends tied up.
I really liked the narrator. I've discovered how important it is for an audio books to have a good narrator as I've downloaded a few that are just painful to listen to. Thankfully, Martin Wenner did a very nice job. His pacing was great and I'd be happy to listen to another book by him.
I loved the suspenseful plot. The book was a quick read, and I'm excited to read all three!
Yes. I love how each character had a mysterious side that kept you wanting more. I was surprised by the the way things turned out. It was not an obvious plot line.
His accent made the book feel authentic.
I'm usually not into the dark mysteries, but this was a great story. I didn't feel like the sexual scenes were overboard, because I thought the story was more focused on the murder mystery. I will say you need to be in the mood for something "darker" to enjoy this book.
The story itself was entertaining, but I feel I have to mention something about the narrator. After having listened to The Girl Who Played with Fire and comparing that narrator with Martin Wenner, I really wish Martin had done the voices for the other Larson books as well. In the other audio, the narrator made the protagonist sound so sleepy and dull it was a bit frustrating to put up with. I'm also glad that Wenner didn't go over the top to try to sound like a woman for the female voices.
I must be in the minority because these are all the rage in movies and what not. To me the story line is contrived (see how many twists and turns I can put in to fool you!) and hard to follow well. I listened to the whole thing but I wouldn't buy any sequels.