Good book, really interesting characters and a somehow a nice change for the setting to be Skandinavian.
The character of Lisbet Salander is original and compelling.
A wee bit slow to start (1st hour or so) but well worth a little perseverance
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
I enjoyed listening to Saul Reichlin's interpretative reading of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." With such a deep voice he has been able to sketch Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, the two main characters in the book, in your mind.
Larsson paints a dark story, with the underlying theme of men abusing women. (The original Swedish title of the books can be translated as "Men hating women.") While Salander, a hacker, is a woman refusing to become a victim, Blomkvist, a journalist, is introduced as a hero keeping the moral high ground.
The way that Larsson uses sex in the story, made me wonder at times if Blomkvist shouldn't resort under the men abusing women? Take the sex, at least some of it, out of the book, and it becomes an interesting dark thriller.
This book was a little hard to get into during the first 2hrs because it spoke of political things I am not too familiar with. However I stuck with it and it all begain to tie in together. This is a really good novel, the narrator is exceptional. I very rarely listen to male narrator, but with this author and this narrator I can't wait to download the second novel in this trilogy. Enjoy, I know I did.
I was initially disappointed not to be able to get the version read by Simon Vance, but this narrator was also superb. Well written (though perhaps a bit longer than it needed to be) and beautifully read by Saul Reichlin.
I just listened to the audio book. What an experience! You have got to start using your i Pod to listen to books.
Reading this book versus listening to it would probably be like drinking soy milk instead of partaking of the real stuff.
It gets even worse when you try to condense 18 hours into a couple of hours. A couple of times I thought the book was ending at a climatic part and was saying "Wow what a book" to myself only to find out there were several more hours to listen too. My reaction was - there is nothing the author could decently add to this story - only to find out a few hours later there definitely was.
I don't know how a movie can do justice to the book. The comparison has got to get worse.
A movie would be like listening to Beethoven's ninth on a toy accordion instead of with a symphony orchestra.
Started off like a slow moving train. Then it developed in the most excellent why. Real beaut characters, with strong personalities and determination. A champion listen. Well done Steig. Well done Saul Reichlin.
As one can see from the numerous reviews preceding mine, this book is clearly a page-turner (even when there are no pages involved). This review offers praise for Saul Reichlin, who in my opinion should be narrating just about every book out there. His amazing reading catches the moods and voices of the various characters, and even without "he said" and "she said," it's clear who is speaking and the emotion behind the words. Five stars for both the book and Saul Reichlin's excellent reading.
I have almost completed the trilogy now and I find that I am delaying getting to the end. That is how I know how enjoyable it has been to listen to these books. The story is remarkable and the narration is excellent. One of the best audible books ever!
I enjoyed listening to this intriguing but dark story. The author did a great job of creating characters that were intriguing and interesting. The narrator kept the flow of the story going and did well at differentiating the characters. On occasion, because of the sheer number of Characters with unfamiliar Swedish names, I struggled to keep track of who was who. Regardless of this fact I found this book to be a real thriller. It kept me on the edge of my seat until the end and left me wanting to pick up the next book in the trilogy.
Author, Consultant, Speaker
Working with people professionally I often find fictional characters shallow and hard to believe. I liked the people I met in this book. Lots of authentic dialogue.
My only wish, as with many other audio books, is that I could re listen to some sections without having to go back so far as leads and clues are disclosed.
Now to get the next book!