It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden...and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.
It's about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance...and about Lisbeth Salander, a 24-year-old, pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age, who assists Blomkvist with the investigation.
This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism - and an unexpected connection between themselves.
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"Cases rarely come much colder than the decades-old disappearance of teen heiress Harriet Vanger from her family's remote island retreat north of Stockholm, nor do fiction debuts hotter than this European bestseller . . . At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden's dirty not-so-little secrets, this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple." (Publishers Weekly)
"Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody psychodrama of a Bergman movie with the grisly pyrotechnics of a serial-killer thriller, then add an angry punk heroine and a down-on-his-luck investigative journalist, and you have the ingredients of Stieg Larsson's first novel." (The New York Times)
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a striking novel. Just when I was thinking there wasn't anything new on the horizon, along comes Stieg Larsson with this wonderfully unique story. I was completely absorbed." (Michael Connelly)
This book is so good it hurts. The story is so engaging and told so well that one has to hold on, white knuckled, until the end.
This book is an extremely slow and torturous read. I kept waiting for the 'intrigue', 'suspense', and 'fascination' the others who reviewed this book commented on. There was an incredible amount of irrelevant and mundane information, dead-end and undeveloped characters, and an overwhelming use of annoyingly repetitive email correspondence dissertation. The 'spunky' girl whom some reviewers seemed to adore is an emotionally and mentally damaged autistic savant, and the protagonist is a sex crazed liberal journalist. Over all: horribly written, with poorly developed characters. Was this his first book? He definitely needs an editor.
I loved the book until the very last sentence. I was enthralled, entertained, enraptured--and then enraged. I don't think I'll read another of this author's books because I don't want to be disappointed again. I guess I want happy endings and this didn't deliver.
I'll be honest and state that I did not listen to part two of the book. By the time I was two-thirds of the way through part one I was bored silly. I kept persevering because this book had such good reviews. I kept telling myself that it would get better. Maybe it does. But, honestly, I was so bored that I couldn't stand it. And parts of it were a bit disgusting. I finally gave up. I just don't get the good reviews.
Don't waste your time and money. Unceasing genderism throughout like, by the time she was 18 she didn't know a single girl who had not been forced to a sex act against her will. Wow, not one, huh? Glad to know the author isn't perpetuating this mass victimology fantasizing that grows to the degree of delusion we have going on. Of course the very few "good guys" are emasculated externally and internally,unlike the women, of course. Author explains how her trustee has the power to make her his rape-slave. Even explains this nanny state trustee practice as if not rare... yet apparently our "intellectual" author is too unintelligent to conclude the nanny state itself is the root of the situation created. Tired, old anti-establishment crap like, walking to work a cop without any provocation strikes her and runs off when she raises her formatable Coke bottle to counterattack. Apparently a demonstration so far away as to not be seen was going on -but you know those constantly violent cops. A bit about how finacial journalists were pushing the company party lines instead of being objective and using some critical thinking, like crime or political journalists do -I haven't had a laugh like that from an audiobook in a while. Not a bad narration voice but the book itself is rubbish.
I loved how it kept feeding you pieces of the mystery. All of the characters were suspicious so you never knew who was guilty and who was just plain odd. Great heroine, loved her grit. The performance was also great, couldn't have picked a better narrator.
Yes, it kept your mind working trying to figure out the history of the main characters as well as the mystery.
Great narrative timing.
The Girl With The Dragon tattoo ...and the Heart of a Lion
I read the books in order, each one as good as good as the others. They are all must listens.
I would recommend this book, and I have...great story telling, captivating, you wonder what the point is and keep reading/listening.
It was a good story, though not easy to listen to. The narrator was so good, it made the experience of listening to the book, more enjoyable.
He is able to portray the characters, the protagonists and the antagonists in a brilliant way. His reading and pronunciation is so perfect that the different characters always sound themselves. He never makes mistakes, by mixing up between them. His pace is perfect as well. He reads fast when needed and read slow when needed.
I am going to follow this Trilogy and this narrator.
I actually have tried to read this book 3 times on my own and always put it down after the first few chapters. So much background. Listening to it was an excellent choice since I had heard how good this trilogy is. The first book was fantastic. The story once it started moving was engaging and kept me wanting to find time to listen to what was going to happen next. Good story line and great performance from Stieg Larsson. Excellent character build up and good detail. Totally enjoyable book.
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