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
It is very hard to write a concise review of this book, as there is so much one could say about its strengths and weaknesses. Vast sections were extremely tedious, yet other, longer, sections were riveting and deeply engaging. I agree with an earlier reviewer's opinion that the novel could have done with a bit more editing. Some of the exposition is difficult to get through, and can be confusing at times. I say this as a reader who is not easily bored, and tends to enjoy the sorts of long realist novels most people find boring. Ultimately, once I got into the guts of this novel, I found it hard to put aside. I'd say the first hour or two, and the last couple hours of the audio version were not all that engaging, but I think there are a number of reasons for this, mostly personal. Others may find the Venestrom strain of the novel more interesting than I did.
The novel contains a good deal of fairly graphic sexual violence, and isn't for those who might be sensitive to this sort of thing. It is also very devoted to detail, so you will always know what the characters make themselves for lunch, for example. But I found this aspect of the novel interesting, and I think it enhanced the atmosphere and character development.
A very worthwhile audiobook. The narrator is phenomenal, and I appreciated that he captured the characters' voices and emotions without exaggeration or affectation. His narration increased the tension where appropriate, without being overwrought. Easily among the best audiobook narrators I've ever encountered.
You've read all the rave reviews; believe them! These books (The Trilogy) are fabulous.
But let me praise the narrator, Saul Reichlin. He brought the books to life in a wonderful way. He made it easy to distinguish between the characters, despite a variety of accents (Swedish, Irish, Australian, Russian, etc.) and he did it without making them into caricatures.
As I discussed the books with friends, I would mention a name and they would often say "is that how you pronounce it?". Mr. Reichlin not only made these books a pleasure to listen to, he made me confident pronouncing more-than-difficult Swedish names and places!
Buy the book, and enjoy.
I loved this book, although it was long and a bit hard to get into at the beginning. Lisbeth Salander is one of the most unique heroines of modern fiction.
What I liked about this book was the character development and the many subplots, which created another world. The characters seem real - they aren't perfect and have character flaws and strengths like real people. I really enjoyed Saul Reichlin's narration too.
Currently on the second book, and just downloaded the third today. Thanks audible, for not waiting for the 'book' to be released in 2010, when it is already available in English in the UK.
Sorry to say that Stieg Larsson is no longer with us but he left a wonderful legacy to the world of these three novels.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
One of the best books I have listened too. The first time I have rated a book 5. The narrator was excellent as well
I found this book quite boring to begin with, but was totally hooked by half way through. Funny, had I read the actual book, I would have given up early. Being audio, I just kept listening and the story was well worth it. If you like a good mystery give it a go.
I won't add to comments about the novel (which is riveting!) but I would like to compliment the narrator Saul Reichlin. His narration is outstanding. His pronunciation of the names, the individualisation of the characters, the pacing of the narrative, are all brilliantly realised. The tone of his voice is warm and pleasing to listen to.
Book takes a while to get into but then takes hold with it suspense and intrigue. The narrator is brilliant and keeps hold of the audience with his pace. Pronunciation of Swedish names is authentic.
I loved this book! It started off slowly but the tension built slowly and steadily throughout. There were unsuspected plot twists and intrigue by the bucket-load. The Swedish names took a little getting used to but the narrator did a great job. I will be getting Steig Larsson's other books - I can't wait to read the next instalment.
"Absolute garbage, waste of a credit"
This was a truly awful book and made worse by being at least three times longer than it needed to be. That's not an off-handed measurement, either; that is based on the author's tendency to repeat plot devices, dialogue and descriptions at least three times, in only slightly different ways. Did you miss a detail about the old man's remembrances of "that day" on the bridge? Don't worry, he'll go over it two more times. Unsure how our hero really feels about his neighbor? You'll have it memorized after it is described again and again and... again. It is either an obvious attempt to bulk out word count to meet a publisher's demands or an abrogation of any editorial responsibilities-- no, it's actually both. As for the story itself, it is a painfully thin plot with an obvious ending and the characters have all the depth of a Hannah Barbera cartoon. Yes, I got the whole real-life back story thing and all sympathies to the victimized woman, but that is no reason to inflict this garbage on us. I'm giving the Performance 2-stars because of this reader's valiant attempt to rescue something of value from the dross. Thank god this endurance test is over.
"Okay but not great"
I thought it was a good story well narrated but I boring at times. I was looking forward to the book finishing to be honest.
I'm glad I didn't get put off by the film - this book is a gripping read although not for the faint hearted.
"Exciting, kept me ravenous for more."
Desperately disappointed that I have finished the book. The characters were strongly defined, the story gripping and skilfully written. Brilliantly read.
"Fantastic nordic thriller"
Couldn't stop listening to this book. Beautifully narrated. A slow start for the first two chapters then it really takes off. In fact on the strength of those chapters I was going to give up, but am glad I didn't. Complex plot with some gory bits, but it's the characters who make it.
"One of the best books I've ever read"
There is nothing I didn't like about this story, the writing or the narration. All excellent. Stieg Larsson was a genius. I could not have expected to have loved it so much. Brilliantly written, captivating, detailed and told so we'll by the narrator too. Excellent. Can't wait to get stuck into the other 2 books.
"A Taut Mystery with Dark & Complex Characters"
Aside from the compelling story and shocking revelations, my favorite parts of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' were the quirky and well realised characters. Stieg Larsson created the perfect character in Lisbeth Salander, who exacted revenge on all the twisted and grotesque men, who take delight in brutally attacking women. She manages to subvert this generic mystery into a deeply satisfying revenge story.
Absolutely. I am going to read more mystery novels from now on, as this book is in my top 10 reads of all time. The problem is, how can any other mystery novels live up to this benchmark.
Stieg Larsson was a master of the mystery genre. His exploration of the rich and elite family in Sweden was absolutely intriguing. The story was compelling, with a well-woven plot that transports you into the rural country of Sweden. It's was intricately plotted, often darkly humorous, and rich with ironies.
Nothing, he had a smooth, warm voice, and could move between male and female characters quite effortlessly. That really is a unique skill, and helps to draw the reader deeper into the story. I highly recommend listening to any stories narrated by Saul Reichlin.
"Hard work and confusing"
Too much too soon - the book starts off referring to people and places and events that I just couldn't keep up with. It is like the book starts in the middle and I was totally lost, and despite persevering I just didn't understand what was going on - and neither did I care in the end. I was bored and frustrated. Probably just me as this is a best seller, but the book was so bad I wouldn't even entertain watching the movie now.
No Not at all
I didn't like the narrator, it was like listening to a bored librarian speak. I felt he didn't bring the book alive for me.
The entire book would never have made it to print!
Please don't let my comments put you off the book - try it for yourself you might love it.
Brilliant, Mystery & Twists
Very in depth at times, but does not make the story boring.
Brought this as a daily special. Since listening I have purchased the next two books which are great also.
"Exciting.Really enjoyable and involving."
Definitely worth listening to more than once. Brilliant. Top story, grate narrating and good twists.
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