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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Audiobook

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Publisher's Summary

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.

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

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    04-29-10
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    "My First Audiobook! I'm Hooked!!!"

    Quality was excellent. Very easy to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-19-09
    Nathan Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-19-09 Member Since 2010
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    "A great story: a bit too sexually obsessed for me"

    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...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Christchurch, New Zealand 07-20-09
    Christian Christchurch, New Zealand 07-20-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Did this ever go to an editor ??"

    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.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Oleg 09-15-10
    Oleg 09-15-10 Member Since 2005
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    "iPod 2X"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nadia Klerksdorp, South Africa 08-24-10
    Nadia Klerksdorp, South Africa 08-24-10

    Loves the hunt for books almost more than the reading itself! Romance, Christian and Mysteries. Best book ever read: Girl with the Dragon tattoo.

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    "Totally exciting!"

    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.

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    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 08-21-10
    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 08-21-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Not my kind of book"

    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.

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    Elizabeth Kelowna, BC, Canada 08-11-10
    Elizabeth Kelowna, BC, Canada 08-11-10
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    "Excellent Read/Listen!"

    Excellent Read/Listen.

    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!

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    06-19-10
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    "Suspenseful"

    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.

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    Arthur Rai ValleyNew Zealand 05-26-10
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    "Best trilogy I have ever read"

    Outstanding. Wish there were more books from Steig Larrsen.

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    Jenni RoodepoortSouth Africa 03-17-10
    Jenni RoodepoortSouth Africa 03-17-10
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    "My first audio book and what a great find"

    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.

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  • Steve
    11/30/14
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    "Audio books at their best, a real humdinger"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    Too many to choose from really maybe the ending stole it for me.


    What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

    Simply superb delivery, a master at work!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes found it hard when I had to stop listening and couldn't wait to get back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to start listening to audiobooks there is no better place to start

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    11/26/14
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    "brilliant book"
    Would you listen to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo again? Why?

    yes as it was so good


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writers style and narraters delivery


    What does Saul Reichlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I prefer audio book to reading.Take the dog for a walk with headphones on


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Once the scene had been set it became more and more addictive


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • carole
    peasmarsh, United Kingdom
    10/23/14
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    "Stick with it"
    Where does The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    All of it


    What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just kept me on edge throughout


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
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    10/3/14
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    "A different form of entertainment."
    If you could sum up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in three words, what would they be?

    enthralling, quirky and thrilling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lisbeth Salander, who is such a different main character. Funny, dangerous and relentless all rolled into one.


    What does Saul Reichlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A stunning thriller! Intelligent, complex and with a gripping plot line.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kate
    Stirling, Australia
    9/23/14
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    "Despite the hype, a really good book!"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Mostly good performance. Sometimes voices got a little confused, and loathed the Australian accents.


    Any additional comments?

    Way better and more insightful than the movie. (Hardly a surprise!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garry
    9/12/14
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    "Terrific!"
    What did you like most about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    A long book that kept me interested from start to finish


    What other book might you compare The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to, and why?

    Unique


    Which character – as performed by Saul Reichlin – was your favourite?

    I liked all of them but Salender is my favourite


    Any additional comments?

    Probably my favourite audiobook

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mary
    Dingwall, United Kingdom
    8/27/14
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    "brain twisting"
    What made the experience of listening to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo the most enjoyable?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    8/26/14
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Would you listen to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo again? Why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maggs
    Port Talbot
    7/29/14
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    "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-not bad but not brill"
    Would you try another book written by Stieg Larsson or narrated by Saul Reichlin?

    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


    What will your next listen be?

    Killing Hope


    What three words best describe Saul Reichlin’s performance?

    Ok most characters could be identified but others weren't


    Do you think The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Identify characters by Christian name would makes listening to book easier to follow

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr Ann-Maree Nobelius
    7/7/14
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    "Sublime Scandinavian Noir Thriller"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to be better than the print version?

    I'm a multi-tasker and have to drive long distances. Driving and 'reading' at the same time; fantastic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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?!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it! Can't wait to 'read-while-driving' the rest of the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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