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.
I had stubbornly avoided reading this book for a long time, preferring to ignore all the hype surrounding it, but now having read it I am officially a huge fan of Stieg Larsson.
After a slow start which almost caused me to stop reading, it gathers pace and momentum, quickly becoming the kind of book that dominates your thoughts and time until you have finished it. It has so many twists and turns it continually surprises and pleases you. I would highly recommend this book, persevere and you are well rewarded.
"From the Woman with the e-pen"
This is the first third of a work never destined to be see by its' author in print. The book is entirely captivating as we are drawn in to the worlds of Lisbeth Salander and Mikhael Blomkvist. Those two characters are the magnets and glue which drive the action and keep us interested. In spite of yourself you will love and understand Salander who will turn into some sort of superhero before your eyes(or ears). The plot is complicated althought not confusing and I guarantee you will want to be Lisbeth before the end of the book and you just won't understand why. Go on. Dive in
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Larson sends you on a trip into an entirely different world culturally, geographically and generational transporting the listener to Sweden and beyond. He cleverly manipulates the story with a number of obvious endings which other authors would have left the listener with a hole in the stomach and feeling of a rushed ending.The book though leaves the scene set for the next episode. Twists and turns, the players are beautifully brought to life by Saul Reichlin. Significantly better then the film, I cannot wait to complete the next two episodes.
Excellent finish to the trilogy. A new set of baddies. Saul Reichlin was very good.
This book is very clever. Has got a lot of action and a love story as well. I could not wait to read more to see what's happening.
"Couldn't stop listening"
Such a fantastic story, I had to really concentrate at first to understand the names in Swedish, but after a while I really enjoyed listening as the tale twisted and turned and developed! A great sense of loss when it finished .... Thank there's 2 more to listen to......
"A shocker but well worth it."
Obviously I had heard about this book and the 2 movies that were made from the book, reviews had been great but there have been other books made to films that had a lot of hype and I simply thought were not worth it. When I first started this I thought this was one of them. I persevered and it was well worth it. The way it switch from the 2 main characters was brilliant. There were parts that made me grimace and made for an uncomfortable listen but the shocks, twists and turns are what make this book what it is. I normally do about an hour a day with audio books, but with this book I did 5 hours in a row at one point. Looking forward to the next 2.
"All 3 from the series!! A Must!"
The girl with the dragon tattoo, the girl who played with fire and the girl who kicked the hornets nest are absolutely phenomenal! I had even sat and listened ti the books of an evening as well as all day instead of any other entertainment. I listen to audio books while driving my lorry, was a fantastic series. Highly highly recommend!
"Slow to start, but gripping towards the end!"
A must read if you've enjoyed the film. A definite must read if you've never seen the film! A slow starting story that picks up pace and sweeps you along with it. Twisty and detailed, you can not fail to enjoy the work put into the characters, their interactions and the narrative that describes all the action precisely as you would imagine it.
"Hype completely justified"
I resisted either reading or listening to this book for a long time. Often books that are so hyped turn out to be disappointing. However, I just loved it. I much enjoy stories with great characterisation, and the characters here are so well-rounded and fascinating. I see that some people found it boring - not enough action. To my mind the character/action balance was absolutely perfect, as was the narration.
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