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
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.
"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!
"This was a bit gory"
Haunting, depraved, sad.
A little less minute detail as to clothing of the girl - I don't know why - I found that a bit spooky.
I enjoyed the mood of the girl but no particular scene. I found myself wishing desperately that she'd cut back on her cigarettes (and enjoy a little fresh air and exercise)...
I was a bit gutted when she did something at the end but I'd better not say what as it would be a "spoiler".
I only bought this because it was on the three for the price of two offers. I prefer "fact" to total fiction.
I loved the story but it began to feel a bit sexist at times. Maybe I'm a prude but the author seemed to go in for quite a bit of detail about clothing and then the sex acts and violence got a bit much.
Just utterly compelling
I've tried to look and compare Stieg Larsson buy you just can't. He was in a league of his own
The rest of "the girl who....." Trilogy
The Daniel Craig version of this film is not bad and keeps fairly true to the book.
A better description of book.Better narrator.
I would have a much better story line.Or at least something happening.
Big waist of credit.
"A very good story and well narrated"
A very good story, although the characters were a little too unbelieveable with some being just too cosy to be at all realistic. A very unpredictable story line makes this a compulsive read/listen and I really enjoyed the book.
"Narration makes a great book outstanding"
I've read the whole series some years ago, but can absolutely say that the excellent narration, realistic accents and atmosphere really makes this audiobook outstanding. Previously I struggled with the many names (both of people and places) and found the similarities confusing esp in book 3 - the narration eliminated this and I thoroughly enjoyed all three of the books.
"Great loved the whole trilogy"
Loved all three of these books from start to finish. Great writing and narration. The story draws you in with intrige and the need to know what happens to Salander, Highly recomend.
"One of the best books of this decade"
This book is utterly captivating and is a struggle to hit stop on, Lisbeth Salander is one of the most perfectly crafted characters I've ever read. The supporting characters also fit their rools perfectly and are crafted to just the right level. The reader isn't the best that there is for this book but not the worst one either.
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