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
Early on is a bit tedious as the scene is set, I think it could have been painted with broader strokes with detailed work added slowly, but that's just me possibly. It does get a bit long winded at times and at others it had us champing at the bit, hoping the traffic was bad on the way to work, so that we could hear a bit more!
Definitely give it a try, we enjoyed it.
I hate people telling me I'll enjoy books, especially book critics. All I can say is, I loved Birdsong, I love most of Stephen King because of how well he writes, loved We Need to Talk About Kevin but virtually nothing hyped on the Mann Booker or other Shortlists for the last 5 years has got more than a 5/6 out of 10 out of me, but I really enjoyed this.
Other reviewers have complained about the slow start. I didn't find this. It was offered in digestible bites, each interesting in its own way, and quickly all of what we'd been told became relevant.
There is much description, throughout, of rooms (bookshelves, furniture, views from the windows) etc, and of what people had for breakfast, and how many times they made coffee... Bear with it, it's not individually that long, and it gives a certain richness. What I did find disconcerting was that the pace of the book, which was workmanlike and I'd got used to and was enjoying, suddenly accelerated through the roof half way through the book, and I was having to interrupt my daily (and business) life because I couldn't bear to pull the earplugs out! This is a book with many strands, (almost) all of which are followed through diligently. Very satisfying for (dare I say, with apologies) the intelligent reader. Ah, last paragraph though! - (redolence of House at Pooh Corner). Buy the next one! (Have already, can't wait!!)
Postscript: I'm told this is the first in the 'Millennium' trilogy. The 'Millennium' bits of the book were, without question, the least interesting. I can't summon any interest in keeping a magazine (Millennium) running where I have absolutely no interest in the people running it (and that includes Mikael Blomqvist, a hero with character, but singularly without personality (and in that respect how perfect casting is Daniel Craig for the film version!), and his paramour co-editor). Hope Millennium remains a background item in the next books. (You know who I want to see....That Girl!!)
"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
I thoroughly enjoyed both the story & the reading voice. I want to go on, now to read/hear more about the fascinating young woman & the journalist, both together & separately.
The ending was, I thought, weak, leaving all three characters, but especially Lisbet, acting out of character. Maybe in order to leave the door open for a further book, or two!
I can't wait!
"Know what your getting into"
Good audio quality, and a great introduction to the trilogy, which has some really great writing. Unfortunately speaking for myself the subject matter was a bit too graphically described. My own fault I should have researched the title further before purchasing, but if I just say that according to Wikipedia a direct translation of its native title is "Men who hate women" then you probably have the grasp of it.
"tough start but stick with it"
I found this book very difficult to get into, but it is truely a great listen, highly addictive and compelling,
struggled to put down, I listen to mine walking the dog, poor girl, I can honestly say we have never walked so far, so often, great listen, good story, highly recommended.
the author had me hooked.
"Spoiled by Price"
I liked the book and the Narrator is fairly good, This is my first purchase on Audible and was annoyed to see that consistently ITunes is offering the same books for a much much cheaper price and that they don’t charge for part one AND part two of books. I would like to keep using Audible but not at these prices.
"It doesn't get better than this"
Not only is the story absolutely brilliant, it is also so well read. You know when you read a great book and you feel sad when it comes to an end and that you feel as though you may never read another story as good, well that is true of this series of books, they are all brilliant.
"So worth it"
I wanted to get this book after hearing about the film, I now don't want to get the film as I think it will be a let down. The book is very involving and you can follow the twists and turns but are still surprised at the crucial points. One point that both shocked me and made me laugh was in the last section you are told to remove tape 19 and turn it over and press play. (some editing required I think) I recommend this to anybody with time to spend getting lost and entertained.
A journalist newly convicted of libel is hired by a wealthy man to discover what happened to his beloved niece. Every year the man receives a birthday card from her, despite him believing her dead. The journalist digs up more than he bargains for; and must globetrot with his new assistant - said girl with the dragon tattoo - to solve the crime. Pretty brutal listening at times but worth it.
"I just don't get the hype"
I don't like giving up before the end of a book, it feels odd. Yet that's what I had to do with this. I don't know if maybe I've listened to a different book from everyone who has given it 5 stars or my friends who persuaded me to get it. I found the characters dull and badly realised. What plot there was I found boring.
I found myself not caring about the central premise of whither the girl was dead or alive, I couldn't bring myself to become interested in the mystery that was our central character Salander (Mysterious hacker girl in boots with unknown origins, well one or two things but I wont spoil it for anyone prepared to listen beyond the first file).
Audible, can I have my credit back, or at the very least the 8 hours I listened to.
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