I really enjoyed this book and agreed with Mr. Eggerichs analysis of the crazy cycle and the fact that we all need to do whatever it takes to get off of it! I would have enjoyed reading the book, skimming the repetitive parts and re-reading the ah-ha moments...but it is not such a tedious listen that I wanted to stop. He has a pleasant voice and the message is spot-on. So, relax through the repetitive parts, realizing that you need to commit it to memory and apply it in your relationship. Everyone wants to be happy, your partner is not the enemy...love and respect them and they will reciprocate.
I am biased, I think Stephen King is a Master of his craft...so I expected to love this story and I certainly did. I have read everything Mr. King has written and admit my pleasure of being scared out of my wits has diminished with age, so this was even more enjoyable to listen to. There is no graphic violence, good mystery/ghost story, a love story and interesting characters. I didn't want the story to end. I think the only reason I didn't give it five stars across the board is that the ending was a bit predictable. But again, I admit, I liked the ending just fine. Narrators can really make or break it, so I was very pleased with Michael Kelly.
I have seen the original movie (dubbed in English) and was riveted. Honestly, I was afraid the book might be more graphic and violent than the movie, but it is not. It is a very intense story but unlike the movie, the author had the chance to explain the character's motivation and thoughts. I really could not stop listening and was so anxious for the story to move forward at times I was tempted to fast forward. The biggest draw back is the innane details about the Vanger Family history...of course, some if it is necessary to bring the story all together at the end. But it is way too much detail and distracts from the plot. I enjoyed the interplay between Salander and Blomkwist.
For anyone unsure about whether or not Fannie Flagg could be a great actress and author...be assured she is both! Her stories are more about the characters and their lives, rich with details and surprises that will delight the reader. I have read/listened to all of her books and this did not disappoint. It's a bit slow for the first few chapters and the main character is whining a bit too much about her lot in life, that we know nothing about early on. I was rewarded as the story unfolded and was introduced to the lives of her friends and the reasons for her self doubt and depression. She always weaves in some historical fiction and that really makes the story come alive for me. If you loved Fried Green Tomatos or any of her other stories, you will love this too. I am very pleased that Fannie Flagg reads her own work, she is wonderful narrator and author.
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