Lisbeth Salander is the most intriguing and fascinating lead character I've come across in a long time. She reminded me of a tiny female Charles Bronson, and the revenge she extracted from the various evildoers who crossed her path was always inventive and hideously delicious. Enough cannot be said of the skill of the narrator, who made it twice as compelling in his competent hands. While the narrative fall apart a little for me at the end (I had several "Yeah, right!" moments) by then I was so completely absorbed that it didn't matter. I think I'll go back and listen to Tattoo again.
I got this book based on all the positive listener reviews, which are usually reliable. Not so this time. It was a real slog. I expect a book about vampires to at least be exciting and goosebump-inducing. This seemed to be a series of dreary conversations by not very interesting people, and with all the jumping forward and backward in time I found my mind drifting often. And I didn't care enough about the story to rewind and listen again. The DaVinci Code was not great literature by a long shot, but at least it was a virtual page-turner. This book was dull dull dull.
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