When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
©2008 Reg Keeland; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
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.
I listened to this book while on several all day car trips. I was consistently disappointed to reach my destination because it meant I had to stop listening.
No complaints other than I wish the author hadn't died!
A great story. It seemed to take a while to gain momentum but then it was compelling listening. My only criticism is that it stopped abruptly.I wanted to hear what happened to Lisbeth.
This was the first time I had "read" an audio book and will certainly not be the last. I had started reading the paper version and found it hard-going but I wanted to finish it because of the glowing reports in the press. I listened to it, enjoyed the experience and the story was fascinating. I will get the next in the series next month.
"Audio books at their best, a real humdinger"
The characters are real when hearing their voices so menacingly delivered by an amazing storyteller. Better then reading a book and not being able to hear the emotions.
Too many to choose from really maybe the ending stole it for me.
Simply superb delivery, a master at work!
Yes found it hard when I had to stop listening and couldn't wait to get back to it.
If you want to start listening to audiobooks there is no better place to start
yes as it was so good
The writers style and narraters delivery
I prefer audio book to reading.Take the dog for a walk with headphones on
Once the scene had been set it became more and more addictive
Normally I listen to non fiction or autobiographical.Decided on this novel by chance but have absolutely loved all three in the trilogy.Disappointed when I got back to the house with the dog and had to pause.Couldn't wait to start listening again the next time.Highly recommended
"Stick with it"
Near the top
All of it
Just kept me on edge throughout
Looking forward to the next one
"A different form of entertainment."
enthralling, quirky and thrilling
Lisbeth Salander, who is such a different main character. Funny, dangerous and relentless all rolled into one.
The main difference I found is the voices/accents used for the different characters. I don't tend to do this when reading to myself.
A stunning thriller! Intelligent, complex and with a gripping plot line.
Having read the book and seen both movie versions, I didn't really know what to expect. It took a while to get used to someone reading a book to me, but was then hooked.
"Despite the hype, a really good book!"
Mostly good performance. Sometimes voices got a little confused, and loathed the Australian accents.
Way better and more insightful than the movie. (Hardly a surprise!)
A long book that kept me interested from start to finish
I liked all of them but Salender is my favourite
Probably my favourite audiobook
Since my father read the Jungle book to ages 5 I have loved listening to a good story.I am listening for a second time just as good if not better
"Couldn't stop listening"
Yes I would listen again and I will - the narrator loves this story and passes on his enthusiasm with the way he acts each of the parts.
"Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-not bad but not brill"
Not sure it's was confusing that author kept referring to characters by their surname would have been easier to identify character by their christian name, also was disappointed by ending
Ok most characters could be identified but others weren't
Identify characters by Christian name would makes listening to book easier to follow
"Sublime Scandinavian Noir Thriller"
I'm a multi-tasker and have to drive long distances. Driving and 'reading' at the same time; fantastic.
The single mindedness of the damaged female protagonist was so well written, at no point did it fall into cliche. I've never read a more honest female character written by a man.
The narration was the only thing that let it down a little. I chose this version because it was unabridged, but the narrator while clear, was a little staccato. As an Australian, his impersonation of an 'Australian accent' for Harriet bordered on offensive; a caricatured Aussie accent you'd struggle to find in Australia past the 1950's and in comedians 'taking the piss' out of working class people.
It is akin to an American voicing a Prince Charles Character with Sir Alan Sugar's accent...because that's a 'British accent' right?!
The sexual violence overtones of the book were important and compelling; the theme of the Salander character being perceived as weak by her perpetrator because of her physical size and her unwanted dependence on guardianship because she doesn't fit the the social 'norm' is something many people can relate to. The admission of the extent of the abuse of women in such a relatively equitable society as Sweden was brave, particularly again, by a male author.
Loved it! Can't wait to 'read-while-driving' the rest of the series!
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