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.
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.
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.
"A gripping story brilliantly told"
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.
The build up as Bloomkvist and Salandar unravel the mystery keeps you on your toes.
It makes you feel tense, relieved and makes you wince at times as you get involved with the characters.
"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.
"Audio books at their best, a real humdinger"
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.
Too many to choose from really maybe the ending stole it for me.
Simply superb delivery, a master at work!
Yes found it hard when I had to stop listening and couldn't wait to get back to it.
If you want to start listening to audiobooks there is no better place to start
yes as it was so good
The writers style and narraters delivery
I prefer audio book to reading.Take the dog for a walk with headphones on
Once the scene had been set it became more and more addictive
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
"Stick with it"
Near the top
All of it
Just kept me on edge throughout
Looking forward to the next one
"A different form of entertainment."
enthralling, quirky and thrilling
Lisbeth Salander, who is such a different main character. Funny, dangerous and relentless all rolled into one.
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.
A stunning thriller! Intelligent, complex and with a gripping plot line.
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.
"Despite the hype, a really good book!"
Mostly good performance. Sometimes voices got a little confused, and loathed the Australian accents.
Way better and more insightful than the movie. (Hardly a surprise!)
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.
I'm a big fan of Ian Hanmore, but I don't think his Scottish accent would work on this. Maybe Stephen Fry?
I didn't get far enough into it to know the answer to this.
Not really, I think the above should tell you how I feel about this book. A waste of a credit for me.
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