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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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    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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    Chelsea LUBBOCK, TX, United States 06-28-12
    Chelsea LUBBOCK, TX, United States 06-28-12

    I am in English teacher who seeks to bring knowledge of literature and of the one true God to all of my students. I also love listening to books on my commute to and from school.

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    "Graphic... but SUCH a good plot."

    I loved listening to this book, and even got so into it that my husband walking into the room during a suspenseful part scared the daylights out of me. Be prepared for the graphic and horrific descriptions of dreadful things. Good adult literature.

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    M. Hegg Minnesota 06-28-12
    M. Hegg Minnesota 06-28-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Great book if your into dialogue"
    If you could sum up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in three words, what would they be?

    Multi stories that come together.


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

    Yes I enjoyed getting to know all the characters. Not an easy read so you need to pay attention.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lisbeth comes back after ride on the motorcycle.


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

    You feel Lisbeth soften and I enjoy her humor.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy the information at the beginning of the book, then it really starts to get good when they introduce Lisbeth.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12
    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2002

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    "OMG.......what a silly gal I was...."

    ....to think that when this book came out that I REALLY did NOT want to read it........even though it was on the bestsellers list for months and months and it had amazing reviews........I'm not one that really enjoys reading international political and espionage type books which I thought this actually was..........I am sooooooo glad I gave in and read this book!!! What an amazing book.....albiet a bit disturbing and gruesome........but the story was so well written and the characters were incredible.......I found myself struggling to get thru the day because all I wanted to do was get back to this book.......I actually listened to the audio version which I think was MARVELOUS for the fact that the reader, Simon Vance, did an incredible job of making each character come to life and made the book a dream to listen too.......I feel spoiled that I was able to listen to this while others only read it.......I AM OFFICIALLY HOOKED and am ready to jump into the 2nd book in the trilogy.....I only wonder how I'm going to feel when I finish all 3.......probably a bit empty and lost........I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kechia Harrisburg, PA, United States 04-20-12
    kechia Harrisburg, PA, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "5 Stars, no question"

    I loved this whole series, they were phenominal. I was kind of sad when it was over.

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    Rudy VISTA, CA, United States 04-03-12
    Rudy VISTA, CA, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I have been recommending this to my friends and family.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters, the story, and the narrator.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Salander went undercover to arrange the wire transfers.


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

    It was certainly absorbing.


    Any additional comments?

    This is top tier entertainment. I was laughing and sometimes screaming in the car as I listened on the way to and from work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Kansas City, MO, United States 03-19-12
    Jason Kansas City, MO, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Lives up to the hype"
    Where does The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This books lives up to the hype. Great story, great production, great listen.


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

    This books lives up to the hype. Great story, great production, great listen.


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

    This books lives up to the hype. Great story, great production, great listen.


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

    This books lives up to the hype. Great story, great production, great listen.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    isisimages kingston, NY, United States 03-05-12
    isisimages kingston, NY, United States 03-05-12
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    "Took a while to get engaged and then...."

    The book started of extremely slow... but thankfully near the end, heated up and make all that slow slogging through the first half of the book feel worthwhile.

    The story in the end becomes absolutely twisted!

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    Mark Danville, CA, United States 01-22-12
    Mark Danville, CA, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding Murder Mystery.."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is very much a book I would recommend to a friend. I read the Kindle version first, and wanted to hear the Audible version. If you are into whodunits, then this is a great story with a surprise ending. I didn't expect the book to end this way, and the author did not telegraph the ending by leaving too many clues.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mikael Blomvist is my favorite character in the story because I could identify with him. I used to be a newspaper reporter, and know what it is like to get into a story and hang on until you find the answers you are looking for, and solve a mystery.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes with Lisabeth Salander were the best. Larson's seemed to understand what was going on inside the mind of this girl, and her lack of emotional response to the traumas of her life were well written.


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

    Yes, when Mikael first encountered Lisabeth in her home when he found out who had written the report on him. He really unnerved Lisabeth, when she discovered that was someone just a good at investigations as she was. I thought it was pretty funny, and well written.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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