Fantastic. Loved all three in the series. At roughly 20 hours each, it seemed daunting. Not at all. The time flew by and I felt lost when the last one ended. The narrator was superb and played a large part in my enjoyment. The production quality was excellent, with very few instances when a new take was obvious. Money very well spent.
While it was a very good story and nicely narrated it was unfortunate that the split of the 3 parts where not given much consideration. I found it disturbing that the split was in a middle of a chapter and at the end of the last part there was a voice telling me "please turn the tape over". If these small but important details would be taken care of I would have given it a 5.
I'm a happy homeschool mama of 4 little kids ages 8 to 2 yrs.
I couldn't even finish it. I hear it has a great plot and gets quicker towards the end (it's slow in the beginning) but I couldn't get that far with all the sexually explict assaults etc.
Better to read than to listen...maybe. Many characters, many lengthy descriptions that may not be key to the plot, the characters or the story line may be distracting to the audio version. i am currently reading the second book in print form to compare the experience. There is no doubt that the main character is compelling, the reader brilliant, the plot interesting, but it is not the 5/5 that I expected it to be. Cut it in half!
So many great books, and so little time to meet them all..this is why I adore audio books, I take them with me everywhere: studio, garden etc.
Based on the reviews that I read I was looking forward to this book and whilst it was enjoyable enough I felt at the end that the whole thing was just slightly off key, and I won't be listening to it again. I did not feel that any of the characters really achieved their potential under the writer's hand although they came closest in the Lisbet character. The 'baddies' were just too bad, too black and white and I felt too, that the violence, grotesque as it was, was perhaps just a tad calculated to shock the reader.
Perhaps Larsson's style lost something in the translation, but I found that the language was pretty wooden as if he was just churning through and trying to get the story told without much consideration for style. The narrator was just fine and I would be happy to listen to him again, but not in a Larsson novel...
Initially this book was a bit difficult to settle with. The characters seemed a bit over the top along with the sadistic elements. The narrator's voice was also a little off putting, somewhat clipped and providing a swedish uncle with a bluff englishman's vocal tones but by the end I was cheering the the main character and keen to hear the next installment. Worth persevering!
Quality was excellent. Very easy to listen to.
I can see why this book has been popular. The characters and the plot are interesting. The Scandinavian flavor is nice too, if you're from North America and not used to it. The narration is "okay," but not great. I grew tired of the main character's endless and improbably sexual exploits, however, and they started to detract from the quality of the novel. It's not that the sex is graphic, because it is not. It's just so endless...
This is an enjoyable read, and the narrator is fantastic.
The book is charmingly Scandinavian - lots of snow, endless coffee, and liberal socialist attitudes - but boy could it do with some decent editorial input! The pointless back stories about completely irrelevant characters, the family trees tediously detailed... there would have been a lot of skimming in hard copy.