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
A terrific read - and you must continue on to the next 2 books in the series. The detail and descriptions are essential to the 3 stories and most enjoyable. If you don't like details then stick to abridged books. So well written and original. Loved them. Do yourself a favour and get these books.
Good book, really interesting characters and a somehow a nice change for the setting to be Skandinavian.
The character of Lisbet Salander is original and compelling.
A wee bit slow to start (1st hour or so) but well worth a little perseverance
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
I enjoyed listening to Saul Reichlin's interpretative reading of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." With such a deep voice he has been able to sketch Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, the two main characters in the book, in your mind.
Larsson paints a dark story, with the underlying theme of men abusing women. (The original Swedish title of the books can be translated as "Men hating women.") While Salander, a hacker, is a woman refusing to become a victim, Blomkvist, a journalist, is introduced as a hero keeping the moral high ground.
The way that Larsson uses sex in the story, made me wonder at times if Blomkvist shouldn't resort under the men abusing women? Take the sex, at least some of it, out of the book, and it becomes an interesting dark thriller.
This book was a little hard to get into during the first 2hrs because it spoke of political things I am not too familiar with. However I stuck with it and it all begain to tie in together. This is a really good novel, the narrator is exceptional. I very rarely listen to male narrator, but with this author and this narrator I can't wait to download the second novel in this trilogy. Enjoy, I know I did.
I was initially disappointed not to be able to get the version read by Simon Vance, but this narrator was also superb. Well written (though perhaps a bit longer than it needed to be) and beautifully read by Saul Reichlin.
I just listened to the audio book. What an experience! You have got to start using your i Pod to listen to books.
Reading this book versus listening to it would probably be like drinking soy milk instead of partaking of the real stuff.
It gets even worse when you try to condense 18 hours into a couple of hours. A couple of times I thought the book was ending at a climatic part and was saying "Wow what a book" to myself only to find out there were several more hours to listen too. My reaction was - there is nothing the author could decently add to this story - only to find out a few hours later there definitely was.
I don't know how a movie can do justice to the book. The comparison has got to get worse.
A movie would be like listening to Beethoven's ninth on a toy accordion instead of with a symphony orchestra.
Started off like a slow moving train. Then it developed in the most excellent why. Real beaut characters, with strong personalities and determination. A champion listen. Well done Steig. Well done Saul Reichlin.
As one can see from the numerous reviews preceding mine, this book is clearly a page-turner (even when there are no pages involved). This review offers praise for Saul Reichlin, who in my opinion should be narrating just about every book out there. His amazing reading catches the moods and voices of the various characters, and even without "he said" and "she said," it's clear who is speaking and the emotion behind the words. Five stars for both the book and Saul Reichlin's excellent reading.
I have almost completed the trilogy now and I find that I am delaying getting to the end. That is how I know how enjoyable it has been to listen to these books. The story is remarkable and the narration is excellent. One of the best audible books ever!
I enjoyed listening to this intriguing but dark story. The author did a great job of creating characters that were intriguing and interesting. The narrator kept the flow of the story going and did well at differentiating the characters. On occasion, because of the sheer number of Characters with unfamiliar Swedish names, I struggled to keep track of who was who. Regardless of this fact I found this book to be a real thriller. It kept me on the edge of my seat until the end and left me wanting to pick up the next book in the trilogy.
As another reviewer wrote, this book is a great novel, not just a great crime novel. Dickensian in it's scale, and beautifully written. There are faults, but these are only too eagerly forgiven in such a great book. Books like this come along rarely. I cannot fathom how anyone could give this book ONE star, that is wierd, I dread to think what sort of books those people like, why not two or three... but one?!! Get past the first hour, concentrate a bit and it will reward! wonderful. IMHO
I hesitated to download this book because of one negative review but was swayed by others that indicated that it was brilliant once you get into it. I agree with the latter. I had to concentrate at the outset to understand the many threads that the author weaves but I was soon hooked! It's not a book I could listen to while doing something else as I tended to lose the plot and had to go back but I found it compulsive listening. I can't wait to hear the next book in the series.
"The best I've ever listened to"
I've listened to dozens of audiobooks over the last couple of years, especially thriller / crime stuff. I've never been moved to write a review before but this is simply in a class of its own - totally spell-binding and superbly narrated. The fact that it's the first in a trilogy is the icing on the cake although it's desperately sad that the wonderful response has come after the author's death. Believe me it simply doesn't get any better than this.
"Couldn't stop listening...."
I bought this book based on the recommendations above, and am extremely pleased I did. It is a great story and I found myself grabbing every opportunity to listen to it. The poor old dog nearly got her legs walked off so that I had the excuse to find out what happens next! Lizbet Salander is a great character, complex but compelling. The narration was just perfect and the slight oddities that occurred sometimes in what was obviously a translated text in fact rather complimented the whole Scandinavian atmosphere.
I was lucky that just as I finished this book the follow-up, The Girl Who Played with Fire was published at Audible, so I could immediately resubmerge myself in more dark doings.....
"Good slow burner that keeps smouldering"
I'm not sure there's a lot to add that won't have been said about the book already, but of the audiobook version; I found the narrator very good with a steady pace, good enunciation and good pronunciations of the Swedish names and places, however I found his slightly ?breathy?, almost overly feminine rendition of all the female characters a little irksome, especially Lisbeth. But then he does have a gruff voice and anything other than breathy may be difficult to associate with a female character.
That said, I found it thoroughly enjoyable and I?m certainly looking forward to the next instalment.
Also found the Audible App for my Android phone really good. I discovered I didn?t have to download ? the stuff onto my laptop I seemed to need in terms of software, and I definitely don?t need iTunes (works fine on Windows Media Player). I also was really chuffed that the Enhanced version of the files worked on my Android as the improved sound quality is noticeable.
"Stick with it!"
Initially this does not seem a good book to listen to (as opposed to read) because it is written with almost forensic detail, and this is particularly noticeable at the beginning which is very much concerned with the business world. (I notice some readers on Amazon also say it's initially hard going). Also there seems to be an endless list of characters, and names of places and people are Swedish, and it felt overwhelming. BUT stick with it at least to Part 2. This is truly one of the best thrillers I have some across in ages. It veers from one genre to another, the plot twists and turns, the characters are brilliant and it throws up continual surprises, confounding my expectations. By the end I realised how important the initial detail is, and my patience was rewarded. I grew to love the detailed descriptions and my enjoyment was particularly helped by the reader, Saul Reichlin, who made all the characters come alive, and kept the pacing under control which at times became unbearbly exciting, as true story telling should be.
More than all this, it is a deeply moral book, which throws up various dilemmas, which I found very involving and which added yet another layer of interest to the book for me. I love the two main protagoginsts so much that I felt like I had lost friends when I came to the end. Two books in the trilogy to go. How long can I wait to start the next one?
"A splendid start to a trilogy of books"
I hadn't realized that this book was the first book in the Millennium trilogy by the author and started by listening to his second book (The Girl Who Played with Fire), which I enjoyed but was a bit confused by for the first couple of hours of the recording. Had I listened to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I would have fared much better as it introduces all the characters and describes in detail events that are alluded to in the second book. This first book in the series is an exciting story and I was gripped from the start and kept wanting to return to the recording to find out what happened next, even though I'd listened to book two and had some inkling of what had happened earlier. Although there are many characters and several threads in the narrative I was able to keep track of who was whom and where they fitted in to the story. This was greatly helped by the incomparably fine narrator, Saul Reichlin, who gives life to the characters by altering his voice so that you believe that you are listening as a man in his 80s or a teenage girl. I can't wait for book three.
Great book more in depth than the film Swedish one that is. Best film and book that I have watched and read for years
Fantastic, it's slow to get into the story, particularly if you have the film in mind, but I was gripped throughout. Couldn't stop listening.
Great story-telling / narration.
Lisbet - for her courage.
All of it - his use of his voice and his pronunciation was so clear, yet reflected the Swedish origins of the author and the characters - absolutely the best!
My imagination - sadly - does not extend this far....
In view of some of the adverse comments Saul Reichlin is receiving for the 4th Millennium book, I would just like to say that Saul narrated all the original trilogy books that I listened to and I thought he was absolutely marvelous! Saul's precise use of the English translation, while reflecting the Swedish origin of the books (and his pronunciation of the Swedish names!) was exemplary!! I am not easily given to such compliments! I can only think that those people who have criticised Saul for his narration of the latest book must have listened to other narrators for the original series... Saul is a great narrator and I have been an Audible listener for several years!!
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