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.
Another silly but enjoyable bestseller - but only after I put it to 2X speed on my iPod. Even then, I had to check several times that it was still on that setting. We should have been told what the value of Kroner is in real money.
Loves the hunt for books almost more than the reading itself! Romance, Christian and Mysteries. Best book ever read: Girl with the Dragon tattoo.
Well researched! Makes you want to visit Sweden. The title makes you expect something quite different though. Cant wait for the next book in the trilogy.
It could be that it's just not my "kind" of book, but I did not enjoy this story. The 'twist' was fairly obvious, I thought, from early on, as was the 'who'. I found the way that the narrator pronounced place names and character names distracting, and it took me out of the story regularly. I didn't think much of Bloomkvist and had trouble empathising with him. I often found myself starting to let daydreams get in the way as I listened and was constantly rewinding so I could hear what I'd missed. The book is well written and although I can't quite understand the cult status of this book, the characters certainly are well presented and fully thought out. They all felt very 'real'. I guess "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" just wasn't my cup of tea.