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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

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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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    Sara USA 01-29-14
    Sara USA 01-29-14 Member Since 2008

    No plot spoiler reviews allowed!

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    "Terrifyingly engaging"
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    A page turner to the end. Like an accident you can't turn away from. Horrible violence. Graphic abuse. Written by someone who knows these characters and their world through and through. I know it is part of a series and I will give the next two books a pass. One harrowing read is enough for me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Eloy, AZ, United States 12-27-08
    Angela Eloy, AZ, United States 12-27-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Patience required"

    What a great suprise, if you can get thru the first 45 minutes, and keep track of the characters, and their Swedish names you will be rewarded with a great story with: mystery, murder, a wealthy complex dsyfunctional family,and intriguing smart lead characters interaction. If you are looking for a quick read..don't get this one...it needs to be savored

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    P. C. Stricker 10-03-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Very pleasant first encounter!"

    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

    38 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Aryn Pullman, WA; United States 09-30-08
    Aryn Pullman, WA; United States 09-30-08 Member Since 2007
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    "I am amazed and astonished"

    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.

    34 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 10-04-09
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 10-04-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good, smart, original mystery."

    Quick explanation for those jumping into this cold: The author was a writer and activist in Sweden who envisioned and wrote a series of novels in his spare time. He published three of what was supposed to be a ten part series, then died, with the outlines of several more novels in his notes.

    This is important because some things happen in this novel which set up events in later novels. I found this out listening to the second novel, when some of the seemingly gratuitous events in the first novel came into play.

    This is a smart novel with interesting characters and unusual mysteries, set in Sweden. The settings alone make it interesting. The central mysteries themselves are not well executed in this book, but there are underlying themes involving gender, mental illness, governmental abuse and freedoms, that make it a smarter novel than the mystery alone does. Overall, it reads like a good first novel, complete with rookie mistakes, by a writer with something to say.

    The narration is excellent, though some of the names blended together in my American ear, and some of the novel dragged or got confusing when the author described something he expected his Scandanivian audience to know. It pulls it all together by the end to create a richer story than the average thriller serial novel.

    Some of it may disturb sensitive American ears, though. Just to warn you. Don't listen with your kids. Some scenes are a bit sexually blunt.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Meagan San Antonio, TX, United States 07-16-10
    Meagan San Antonio, TX, United States 07-16-10
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    "Absolutely Fabulous!!!"

    The mystery is exciting. Nothing however compares to the characters. Blomkvist is someone you love and hate but you hope gets everything right and great in the end. Lisbeth is infectious, she gets under your skin and she is just someone you want to know. She is a genius character that will be remembered with other great characters. I finished listening to the first book and I went right out and bought the 2nd and 3rd because there was no doubt I wouldn't love them. And I did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn LADY LAKE, FL, United States 05-25-10
    Lyn LADY LAKE, FL, United States 05-25-10 Member Since 2007

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    "a tasty smogasbord"

    This was a very enjoyable listen, well crafted story,interesting characters, and a top notch reader. This book illustrates one of the reasons I love audible. The beginning of the story is a bit slow and I suspect if I had been presented with the wealth of Sweedish proper nouns I would have quit. However, when the names are read to you and properly pronounced instead it is a great new experience. I will definitely follow up on this tilogy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle GRASS VALLEY, CA, USA 04-05-10
    Michelle GRASS VALLEY, CA, USA 04-05-10
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    "Fabulous Story!"

    I loved this story! While it did start out slow, it became riveting! For a good commute thriller/mystery, you can't go wrong.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G. Sabin Sacramento, CA 02-13-10
    G. Sabin Sacramento, CA 02-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderfully Swedish"

    In the tradition of great Swedish mysteries, Stieg Larson does a lovely job with this book. Calm, direct, unemotional, and fascinating, this book delivers. Great narrator as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marilee Florida USA 07-24-09
    Marilee Florida USA 07-24-09 Member Since 2002
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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.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
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