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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1 | [Stieg Larsson]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.
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Publisher's Summary

A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue....

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.

Listen to the rest of The Millennium Trilogy.

©2008 Stieg Larsson (P)2008 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Sharon United States 08-20-12
    Sharon United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome book!!!"
    Where does The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily one of my favorite books ever.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great author, great narrator, great story. Couldn't stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This book made be late for work and school. Loved the story. Now that I've listened to the trilogy what am I supposed to do with my life?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Biscay California 08-13-12
    L. Biscay California 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story - Intriging, but hard to follow"
    What did you love best about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    This is a great story, suspenseful, intriging, but somewhat horrifying. This is the first drama of it's kind that I've listened to. A bit stressful, but I enjoyed it very much. However, once I'm done with the series I'm going to have to change genres.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed watching the relationship between Lisbeth and Blomkvist develop.


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

    Since the book revolves around Swedish names and locations, I found it a bit difficult to follow at times. I had to listen only when I could concentrate on it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Butte, MT, United States 07-24-12
    Lynn Butte, MT, United States 07-24-12
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    "You'll love the GIRL, with the dragon tattoo."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! The mystery and the revelations bond two stories of two seriously damaged women together.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely the girl techno-PI. She makes you want to applaud her way of dealing with her life. She wants justice and is the heroine.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Cry.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending is no fairytale, but I hope that there is going to be a sequel. It does leave you with a desire to see her happy and the possibility that her story will continue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn United States 07-23-12
    Lynn United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2010

    Retired with my wonderful husband, loving life in Henderson, Nevada.

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    "Captivating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read and a vivid imagination.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different twists and turns of this story line keeps you wanting to listen just a little more before you have to turn if off.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have listened to "The Girl with . . . " the other two books of this triology. Both worthwhile to bring everything together.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Gripping, captivating, thrilling and worth every moment.


    Any additional comments?

    The film cannot depict all that happens in the book(s), so reading/listening to the book(s) is essential to follow the story line of the movie. The movie did take some license to keep the film a responable length - which was a little annoying, but understandable.

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    S. Smith Memphis, TN 07-15-12
    S. Smith Memphis, TN 07-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good "whodunit" well read"

    Apparently, this book is one of those that people either love or hate. I fall into the former group. I'm not sure if some of the reason I like it is because I listened to it on Audible and really like the narrator or if the story was the entire reason. But, whatever it was, I enjoyed at and will continue on to the next two books.
    I thought the story was great, if not a bit grisly and I really liked the main character, Mikael Blomkvist. Despite some of his human foibles, he came across as a pretty good guy and likable. I'm not as sold on Lizabeth. She had a crappy childhood and was preyed upon by people of authority, but I didn't always feel the sympathy for her that perhaps I should. I didn't dislike her, but didn't really like her, either.
    As a good "whodunit" should, it kept me guessing, well, who done it? Larsson keeps you on your toes trying to figure out the mystery of Harriet Vanger's disappearance.

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    Rebecca 07-15-12
    Rebecca 07-15-12
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    "Great mystery read!"
    If you could sum up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense. Awesome. Thriller.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. There were so many twists and turns that it left me unable to put it down. The narration is outstanding. Characters are well developed. I will highly recommend this great read.

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    Rita P. 07-09-12
    Rita P. 07-09-12
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    "Captivating, Dark Tale"
    What did you love best about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    I don't know anything about Sweden, so the scenery and history of the location becomes a character in his fast-moving plot. I learned a lot about the area - lots of details that shouldn't be skimmed over, lest the story lose some impacting details. (Particularly the details about the Vanger family's political affiliations.)


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Mikhail and Lisbeth, of course.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Riviera Beach, FL, United States 07-07-12
    Deborah Riviera Beach, FL, United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2014

    I love listening to books when time permits! I enjoy this service its awesome!

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    "Exhilaration Story Loved it!!! Must Read!!!"
    Where does The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have only listened to 11 or so novels,this is my second month. This is on the top of the list I had a hard time getting through the first few chapters. But, once I got through them the story line and characters became clearer and much more exciting. Honestly, I was hoping that this wasn't going to be a time waster since I purchased the book based on other reviews. I am very glad to say you wont be disappointed. I felt a little sad once I finished the last book in the series knowing this is the last book from the author. Because this authors depiction of characters, events, and story were so vividly described and I loved every bit of it and honestly craving more. Don't pass this one up you wont be disappointed!!! The characters are believable, you start to understand and love and hate the characters, my favorite was Blomkivst.


    What other book might you compare The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to and why?

    I can't find one!!! LOL


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love the accent and emphases he uses when narrating


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

    For sure I pulled a 3 day stretch on all three novels back to back if that is any indication of how much I loved it, I could not put it down till I knew what happened to Lizbeth, and Mikal Blomkvich!!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tlaboogie 07-05-12
    Tlaboogie 07-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Keeps you on the edge of your seat"
    Where does The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is in the top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    So many twist and turns.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    By far the best narrator


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Best drama ever


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    barnamikes Anchorage, AK USA 07-02-12
    barnamikes Anchorage, AK USA 07-02-12
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    "Deep plot, excellent writing, fresh, and graphic."
    Where does The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although it was only my 2nd Audiobook, I can straightaway say it was the best. The story was fantastic, and lost nothing through being told orally.

    Simon Vance was charismatic and versatile, taking on even the female voice acting, and doing it surprisingly well. Even though I wasn't used to audiobooks, I quickly grew accustomed to the format, and it was easy to follow the story after awhile.

    I would definitely recommend getting the audiobook version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It's not necessarily better than the text version, but it's a great choice to introduce someone to audiobooks.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Definitely. The writing is top grade, and the entire story retains an ideal level of emotion, and realism throughout. You identify with all of the characters in a very personal way, and every situation they encounter in the book, you feel with them, understanding their reactions.

    The entire premise of the story is inventive, and classic all at once.
    The action is well written, and believable.

    After the climax of the book, you think that all the interesting things in the story have already taken place, and nothing more could happen in the plot, but then comes yet another brilliant sub-plot that serves as a tie-in with the next book.

    I can guarantee that even straight after the prologue, you'll have trouble stopping the recording when you have more pressing things to do, like sleep.

    Excellent story, and excellent performance.
    It stands as one of my favorite "books" of all time.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. So I can't answer that.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "No mystery stays unsolved..."


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this! Listen to this! Enjoy!

    That is all :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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