I like the trilogy very much - very strong story, intelligent, politically insightful, plenty of twists and turns, and interesting characters. The version I downloaded didn't ask me to change tapes (as mentioned by other reviewers) so that problem appears to have been addressed. I think that the book(s) could have been edited in a way that pruned out some of the extraneous detail, which was most conspicuous in the frequent irrelevant lists - what someone bought, what they did when they got home, what clothes they put on and in what order... These struck me as clunky and the kinds of things that might be noted in the margin if you were directing a movie, but I just kept thinking 'yeah, yeah, get on with the story'. I always purchase unabridged books because I want to hear the story as the writer intended, but in this instance I'd be curious to hear the abridged version - perhaps it preserves the detail required to tell the story in full but without all the padding?
I bought this by mistake. I bought two previous ones done by Simon Vance and they are awesome. This one is worse than Simon Vance. Two reasons
1. Sound quality is pretty bad. Literary, you can hear noise, fairly irritating.
2. Too much detail added which are omitted in the Kindle edition.
If Saul Reichlin read the same edition as Simon Vance in the same recording quality, then it could be awesome audio book.
I feel sorry for my friends "reading" these books. the Swedish names and places are difficult. Listening to Saul read these books to me was like listening to beautiful music. His wonderful English and beautiful Swedish pronunciation made the books more interesting.
The story however was FANTASTIC!!! I sat and listened to the last 4 hrs twice in a row. It is such a shame to think it will be the end. It would have been fun looking forward to the next adventure of Blomqvist and Salander.
A great read. I was sorry when this trilogy finished. It kept me Intrigued to the end. What a pity there are no more books by this author.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
This was as good as Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- maybe even better. I am so ad that Stieg Larsson will not be able to produce any more books! Blomqvist and Salander were very well-developed characters. Could not stop til I reached the end. Bravo.
One of those books where the movie IS actually better..I loved Book 1 and was dying to read this one now I just want all that time back!!
Stieg Larsson is obsessed with giving you exact directions to every location including side streets and street names ..Also,is a biography necessary for EVERY character? An audiobook brings home to you many things you may not register when reading a book but seriously when every other chapter ends with "he/she was asleep in _ seconds/minutes,you want to strangle someone...
The movie fortunately cuts through the manure and actually gives you whats relevant and I lived it way better than the book..
This 3rd book in the trilogy more than lives upto the 1st and 2nd books which were also Excellent!! I hadnt heard of Stieg Larsson until reading this series - very sad to find out these were his only treasures before his untimely passing. I am hoping that someone can and will take up the strong characters Lizbeth and Blomkist and continue the story telling - what a loss if they should fade away without further adventures. The 3 books in this series are definitely a must read.
I don't normally gush about books, but this trilogy had me completely hooked from beginning to end. This last book is the longest of all three and I wish it could have been longer. What an incredibly accomplished ending to an intricate and unique story. While I thought the books were brilliant, my spouse found the first one boring and sluggish and stopped with that one. However, I enjoyed the "slow" parts of Larsson's writing and found it really built character and setting, but I'm sure there are people that will find it painfully dull in places. I would say the first book is the most action-packed, and they get less action oriented from there and more, uh, informative I guess. Again though, I loved all three. Oh, and Saul Reichlin is fantastic as a reader! He's like listening to a good friend tell you a great story.
After listening to the first two books it was an automatic purchase to buy the third in the series. Lisbeth Salandar is a great character, and it is the strength of the characters that make this book. Yes, some of the pacing is too slow, and no we don't really need so much background of bit-players, but this was Larsson's style; don't read it if you just want instant gratification. But if you put the time in, you'll be rewarded. Saul Reichlin is a brillant narrator, and handles the wide range of characters, accents and genders very well. As with the two preceding novels, this is a great listen.