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)
I loved the book but was a little irked by Simon Vances accents which seemed to be from different parts of the UK as opposed to Sweeden (where the book is set). If you can get over the accents then he is a good narrator! There is an alternative narrator for this book on Audible but no-one has reviewed him yet.
Nice narration, well translated, decent plot, interesting. I liked it.
I have to say I was rather disappointed with this book. Much of that disappointment comes from too much expectation, given the reviews it received here. It is AT BEST ONLY AVERAGE. Excellent plot, average writing and no characters that I found the least bit likable. It started very slowly and never really gained much speed. How so many people could rate this with 5 stars is beyond me. I can only assume they don't listen to very many books. It's not bad, but it is certainly not exceptional.
I tried very hard to concentrate on the book on several occassions. However the book was so slow and boring I found my mind drifting to other subjects. Do not buy this book
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.
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