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.
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.
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.
"A Murder Mystery with a Twist"
At last, the unabridged version of this brilliant book (the first in the Millennium trilogy)is available to download. A disgraced Stockholm journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, is asked to investigate the disappearance (in 1966) of an industrialist's niece. Aided by the 'mentally incompetent' 20-something, Lisbeth Salander (the eponymous Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the journalist descends into the nightmare underbelly of Swedish society, Saul Reichlin (better known for his narration of David Hewson's Nic Costa novels) does his usual expert job. This has got to be one of the best downloads of 2009.
"Best of the trilogy"
This is the first and in my opinion the best of the trilogy. This story can stand alone from the two subsequent works, books two and three are in effect two halves of one story.
The character, Lisbeth Sallander is very interesting and as we peel the layers, she becomes more complex. The story line is well thought out and the ending is anything but obvious. Very good listen.
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
I bought this title knowing very little about except that it was a best seller. I have to say I was not disappointed in the least. From the start the book held me and I got to the stage that the converging story lines had me gripped.
The narration was excellent and the voice was easy and pleasant to listen to. The only niggle was towards the end there was an interuption which 'told you to turn the casette over' but apart from that a quality product I would and have recommended to friends and family.
A great book with lots of fantastic characters and a twist at the end. Well worth a listen and well read by Saul. The only criticism is that it was just a little too long with the end seeming to prolong the story unnecessarily.
"A brilliant listen from start to finish!"
I purchased this on a whim after hearing about it shortly after the books were published. It's a brilliant book, modern, diverse, well written and brilliantly narrated. Excellent! I would only ward off those that have weak stomachs as some parts are quite graphic!
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Absolutely awesome! Great to listen to when you do fitness or other activities! 5 stars from me!
A new, exciting, original and absolutely brilliant first novel, the first in the Millennium Trilogy. I just can't understand anyone giving this less than 5 stars. One of the most gripping novels of the decade for sure. Yes, the names are long and awkward for us Brits, but that's only a minor point. I found it absolutely gripping and downloaded the other two books straight after, which just get better and better. It's a real shame Mr. Larsson isn't around to provide us more. Superbly read by Saul Reichlin too. Top notch
Slow start but when the story gets going you can't stop listening. I listened to this while walking my dog, she got some very long walks! can wait to listen to the next one.
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.
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