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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | [Stieg Larsson]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. 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.
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Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.

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

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    Joe Toronto, ON, Canada 08-01-09
    Joe Toronto, ON, Canada 08-01-09
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    "worthwhile"

    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.

    30 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Australia 03-28-10
    Joseph Australia 03-28-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Stieg is brilliant . . . But Saul delivers too"

    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.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie McKelvey Dauphin, Manitoba Canada 10-21-09
    Debbie McKelvey Dauphin, Manitoba Canada 10-21-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Fascinating and Addictive"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Dalkeith W. AustraliaAustralia 06-29-09
    Susan Dalkeith W. AustraliaAustralia 06-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Outstanding"

    Terrific story, terrific characters, terrific narrator. Could not put it down. Loved this book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 07-29-10
    Lia Sutton, Australia 07-29-10 Member Since 2009

    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!

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    One of the best books I have listened too. The first time I have rated a book 5. The narrator was excellent as well

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    D. DeVries Arizona 06-02-10
    D. DeVries Arizona 06-02-10 Member Since 2013

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    "fast paced"

    Fast paced, attention grabbing mystery that keeps you wondering till the very end,

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    Mary Lancefield, Australia 02-01-10
    Mary Lancefield, Australia 02-01-10 Member Since 2014
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    "hard to get into but worth the effort."

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Traralgon, VIC, Australia 05-29-10
    Teresa Traralgon, VIC, Australia 05-29-10
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    "intriguing story"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Benita Hutt City, New Zealand 02-22-10
    Benita Hutt City, New Zealand 02-22-10
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    "Fantastic Book"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Adelaide, South Australia 08-17-10
    Liz Adelaide, South Australia 08-17-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Black thriller brilliantly narrated"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    This was my first book on audible and an now well and truly hooked. The story was great,
    description very good, made you feel you were there, characters felt real and you felt with them. Don't miss out give it a try it is worth it.

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  • M. Ellis
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    I wish he would have written more. the characters have depth and personality. I wish someone else could expand the series and do it justice.

    I enjoyed the us film version but not as good as the book.

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  • J. Roberts
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    "A gripping story brilliantly told"
    Where does The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. I have listened to it twice and it was as gripping the second time. The narrator captures the tension in the story and keeps you addicted.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    The build up as Bloomkvist and Salandar unravel the mystery keeps you on your toes.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It makes you feel tense, relieved and makes you wince at times as you get involved with the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valerie
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    "So much better as an audiobook than a written book"

    Now I can see what all the fuss has been about. I was given a written copy after a friend had finished it but could not feel any enthusiasm for it but having listened to it I can now understand why she recommended it. The story revolves around a damaged girl who helps to unravel a web of lies and deceit enmeshing the journalist who has attempted to unmask a wealthy industrialist.
    Although I felt that it started fairly slowly it soon gathered pace. The characters are mostly sympathetic and I genuinely cared what happend to Lisbet and was saddened at her failure to achieve happiness and peace at the end of this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    11/30/14
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    "Audio books at their best, a real humdinger"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to be better than the print version?

    The characters are real when hearing their voices so menacingly delivered by an amazing storyteller. Better then reading a book and not being able to hear the emotions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    Too many to choose from really maybe the ending stole it for me.


    What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

    Simply superb delivery, a master at work!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes found it hard when I had to stop listening and couldn't wait to get back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to start listening to audiobooks there is no better place to start

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    11/26/14
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    "brilliant book"
    Would you listen to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo again? Why?

    yes as it was so good


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writers style and narraters delivery


    What does Saul Reichlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I prefer audio book to reading.Take the dog for a walk with headphones on


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Once the scene had been set it became more and more addictive


    Any additional comments?

    Normally I listen to non fiction or autobiographical.Decided on this novel by chance but have absolutely loved all three in the trilogy.Disappointed when I got back to the house with the dog and had to pause.Couldn't wait to start listening again the next time.Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • carole
    peasmarsh, United Kingdom
    10/23/14
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    "Stick with it"
    Where does The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    All of it


    What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just kept me on edge throughout


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
    UK
    10/3/14
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    "A different form of entertainment."
    If you could sum up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in three words, what would they be?

    enthralling, quirky and thrilling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lisbeth Salander, who is such a different main character. Funny, dangerous and relentless all rolled into one.


    What does Saul Reichlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The main difference I found is the voices/accents used for the different characters. I don't tend to do this when reading to myself.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A stunning thriller! Intelligent, complex and with a gripping plot line.


    Any additional comments?

    Having read the book and seen both movie versions, I didn't really know what to expect. It took a while to get used to someone reading a book to me, but was then hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kate
    Stirling, Australia
    9/23/14
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    "Despite the hype, a really good book!"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Mostly good performance. Sometimes voices got a little confused, and loathed the Australian accents.


    Any additional comments?

    Way better and more insightful than the movie. (Hardly a surprise!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal lover
    Wales UK
    9/15/14
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    "Disappointed"
    What did you like best about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? What did you like least?

    Nothing. I listened for half an hour and gave up, the narrators voice was boring making the story boring. After all the hype I was truly disappointed. Maybe a Kindle version would be better for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stieg Larsson again?

    No


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Saul Reichlin?

    I'm a big fan of Ian Hanmore, but I don't think his Scottish accent would work on this. Maybe Stephen Fry?


    Do you think The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I didn't get far enough into it to know the answer to this.


    Any additional comments?

    Not really, I think the above should tell you how I feel about this book. A waste of a credit for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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