Listening to audio books is pure pleasure for me as I can listen while sitting quietly, while driving as well as when I have chores to do.
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!
I have just finished Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. What an unexpectedly delightful book, and what a relief there are two more books after this one. Lisbeth Salander is an unusual, but believable heroine. Saul Reichlin is a master narrator, and I will be searching for any other books he narrates.
Can't wait to see the film. Of course they are never as good as the book but this time I'll make an exception. At first I was a bit bored with the time taken to set up all the characters in this book but as the story progressed I got hooked - like so many others have. Very interesting leading female character. Not at all a conventional girl. To me she reads like a goth gen Y with aspergers and a good sex drive. Well worth the listen.
I would definitely recommend this book even if you don't usually read mystery novels. The author does a great job of setting the scene and the characters for which there are many. But even with so many characters the author has the ability to ensure that you can remember the most important.
The very main characters Norwegian Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Bloomkvists are brilliantly miles apart in appearance and age but a wonderful duo for characters so intriguing and likeable that you just keep you wanting to know more about them.
Lizbeth is an intriguing 25 year old and is a private detective of sorts. However her life will fascinate you as much as the mystery trying to be solved. Mikael a financial journalist and editor of a magazine, is also a fantastic main character, and also addictive in the sense that the author only lets you know so much about him. Mikael is very blunt and straightforward. He is characterised very male in his life style. Never fully settled yet has the life that many other males would dream off and the type of man that send some women nuts over.
The mystery itself starts almost like a who done it novel, with the exception that the suspects are on a island instead of house. But it is so much more then that. The main characters Mikael and Lizbeth really make this book what it is and the questioning psychology and interest in people's personality that the author demonstrates in the book is what sets this book apart.
This book is the first of a trilogy. I loved every moment of the book and cannot wait to read the next two...
Oh and just a quick note on the author. He wrote this book as a hobby each night after work and the author's books are not overrated and are addictive.
This was the type of book that I could not wait to get back to. The story kept me wondering right to the end. I did not figure it out. All the caracters are introduced and you think you have an idea as to how this will work but there are so many twists and turns you just never know. The book is quite descriptive of some aweful stuff so if you are sensitive to that it's probably better to read it so you can skim those things. However it was so well written, I'll "read" more by this author. Well read too!
This book is very entertaining and the leading lady just great. I know the book has a lot of devote fans and I have to say I am not one of them. For me, as the plot unveils it becomes just too unbelievable and I couldn't take it seriously anymore.
We listened to this mystery for 5 days on the road during our summer vacation. Perfect to keep your mind completely engrossed in a fascinating and disturbing story. There's a good reason why it has become so popular, and this type of 500 page book is perfectly suited and, in my opinion, better enjoyed as an audiobook than reading it. The narration is simply superb. Enjoy!
A terrific novel and well narrated. I loved it. I was kept enthralled right up to the last word. It was a fascinating story and I can't wait to go onto the next book in the trilogy. The reader Saul Reichlin reads it superbly. He has a pleasant voice with appropriate expression. Highly recommended.
I really enjoyed this book; loved the narration and was sorry to have it end. I can hardly wait to read the next one and see what else the characters have in store for us.