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.
"You must listen to all three books"
The first book sets the scene for the next two books, "playing with fire" and "hornets nest".
Previous reviewers have said that the book is slow to start. I agree. I found it difficlut to know who were the villans and who were the good guys. But slowly it comes together and when it does, it is hard to put down. The next two books add to the excitement. The book is brilliant.
Get the unabridged versions. OK it is longer, but adds so much more to the story and builds the tension to maximum
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Awesome intelligent story, you cannot stop listening. A journalist and a troubled young female hacker works together on resolving a 40 year old mystery involving a disappearance, murders, Nazis and one hell of a dysfunctional family. Cannot wait to start the 2nd part of the triology.
This is the first of Stieg Larsson's trilogy. It is a fantastic story and brilliantly narrated by Saul Reichlin. It took a few hours for me to really get into it but after this I was totally hooked and couldn't wait to listne to the next part. I've only just finished it and I've already downloaded the sequel......I'm hooked!
"Superb murder plot"
Written by the sadly deceased Stieg Larsson who never got to see his books in print, the manuscripts being found only after his heart attack.
I wont repeat other reviews but wish to compliment the narrator Saul Reichlin for his excellent character interpretation. The listener is drawn with the feelings and moods of the protagonists during this superb murder mystery. Read this and you will certainly read Stieg Larsson's other titles.
"Not usually my cup of tea..."
...because I don't usually listen to/read thriller or mystery or crime fiction; and also there has been so much hype, it put me off! However, I was wrong, the hype was right, this was a slow-burn addictive listen. I listen to audio books while I work - I am an artisan crafter - and as this one revved up to the end, I found I was working more, so I could listen and also faster because it was so gripping.
The sexual, violent and disturbing content isn't that bad as it's in context. I gradually learned the characters names and the voices the narrator used were helpful. The narrator is an important factor in any listen. I liked his spare understated style, very appropriate both for the nerdy lists that Larsson uses so much and also for the often upsetting content - his voice made it seem part of the whole and not gratutious.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Outstanding story, I enjoyed it completely. Narrator did the great job.
"Fantastic Narrator! Fantastic Story!!"
Amazing story, amazing narrator. The narrator has one of those voices you could listen to forever! Soothing, yet interesting! Please use this narrator more!!
The story is fantastic!
"Good book and well narrated"
I had heard about this book for a while, I'm glad I had the opportunity to listen to it on audible, it was a well written book and well narrated. The story line was gripping to the end however, violent in some spots. After I had listened to it, I bought the sequels and the DVD's. I had no reason to deduct any stars and therefore I have given it the highest rating. If you enjoy a good suspense thriller I recommend.
"Real good book"
The previous reviews have said all that I would have said, except the bit about being a slow start. I found it captured my attention from the beginning. You can't help but love Lisbet.
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
An exhilarating, fascinating read and one which I couldn't wait to get back to every day. I would thoroughly recommend the Millenium Trilogy. I've always had this idealised view about Swedish society and in a way it was refreshing to discover that there are as many dark and demonic corners hiding there as in any other country. The best revelation for me though was the unexpected and unlikely anti heroine Lisbeth Salander and her fight against men's propensity to feel and enact violence towards women. Some of the statistics on violence voiced in the Millenium Trilogy against women were shocking but not surprising given the almost daily news we are fed of such atrocities. I felt this book and the others addressed some of the exasperation most of us feel when faced with such awful knowledge and the overwhelming sense of satisfaction when it was attacked head on was so deliciously addictive.
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