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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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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 06-06-10
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 06-06-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Read Them in Order"

    First, I made the mistake of starting with the Girl Who Played with Fire. I was hours into it and did not like it at all. Then I read that the order was important---so, being a trooper, I went back in and bought this book.

    WOW! It all made sense and I was hooked from the start. Now what I heard, and will re-hear, from the second book makes more sense and I can't wait to get started.

    So, if you bought this one but not the first book, you'd better get the first. The order is very important in these books as they are very dependent.

    Great listen. Couldn't stop.

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    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    P. C..S. 10-03-08
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    I have become so tired of the same ol' sociopaths/pathology gore/old boys' squadrooms and guns, guns, guns. Here the characters are interesting, plot complex and writing intriguing enough to keep me up at night and get me looking forward to the next book. I recommend it for anyone looking for something a bit different

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    Aryn 09-30-08
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    Amazing book, amazing narrator. A great way to spend 15 hours of your life. Just be willing to let the story happen as it does. Definitely an adult book; could be disturbing to some individuals: but oh, what a ride.

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    Marilee 07-24-09
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    "Original and compelling"

    It's always a bit disturbing to read comments about books which the reviewers didn't actually listen to. In the case of this highly compelling, intelligently written novel, some just didn't like a character or two, or didn't like the theme, or the slow unveiling of the plot. Why give a low rating to a book you didn't actually listen to? I'd have a lot more respect for their opinions if they'd actually had the patience to complete the novel.

    On the other hand, many of us found ourselves unable to turn off our iPods, drawn in by the terrific character development, the descriptions, the realistically portrayed situations. I am anxious for the sequel, coming soon.

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    Leej28 Langhorne, PA 06-11-09
    Leej28 Langhorne, PA 06-11-09 Member Since 2014

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    "What a great read"

    I had no expectations for this book, but it won the best of 2008 so I thought I'd give it a try. I was genuinely pleased with this book. The story line was good and well developed. I especially grew to love Lisbeth Salander. I can't wait to see what happens to Lisbeth and Mikael in book 2.

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    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 03-27-09
    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 03-27-09 Member Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself! I am a former high school history teacher and now, a semi-retired physician assistant.

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    "A Fast Paced Dragon"

    This is a plot-driven who-done-it that creates multi-dimensional characters. Larsson's story heats up about one-hour into the narrative and from then on, you don't want to stop listening. The intrigue involves an heiress, missing for over 30 years and presumed murdered. However, the story branches out into the family secrets of a wealthy industrialist, the injustices of the juvenile court system, and journalist ethics.
    The author makes you care about his characters, wraps up the loose ends, but ultimately serves up a disappointing ending that doesn't detract from a well-written novel.

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    Louie Rock Hill, SC, USA 03-02-09
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    "Fabulous!"

    The narrator was superb, as was the story line. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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    Marcia Pembroke Pines, FL, USA 02-12-09
    Marcia Pembroke Pines, FL, USA 02-12-09 Member Since 2006
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    "A Great Listen"

    Just when you are sure you have this book figured out the plot twists. For readers who like the unexpected this is the novel.

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    Patricia Ringwood, NJ, USA 02-03-09
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    "WOW"

    I thought this book to be excellent. With the main story and all the side twists that came with it. Kept me coming back for more. Can't wait to see what comes from this author next.

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    "Well written, and wonderfully narrated."

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, from beginning to end. The last two hours of the book are not quite as convincing as the other hours, but did not diminish my overall satisfaction with this book!
    The reader was incredibly talented, and convincing as all the different characters.

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