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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | [Stieg Larsson]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Contagiously exciting, it's about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.

Translated by Reg Keeland.

©2008 Stieg Larsson; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Willliam West Haven, CT, United States 08-02-10
    Willliam West Haven, CT, United States 08-02-10
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    "Wishing I got the "unabridged" version"

    Martin Wenner did a marvelous job narrating. I believe equal or better than Simon Vance, (whom I heard on "Played with Fire". I also watched the movie and was sorry to see it rushed the ending. After listening to the "unabridged version" of "Played with Fire" I wished I purchased the "unabridged" version of "Dragon Tatto". I would agree with some of the comments that it starts off slow. As far as characters are concerned....there are far fewer in this book than the second book. I read them both in order and watched the movie in between the two.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Sunnyvale, CA, USA 06-23-10
    Marianne Sunnyvale, CA, USA 06-23-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Slow start, worth the wait"

    This is a mystery about twisted human beings, whose secrets are uncovered and avenged by other twisted human beings. However, you would never guess it was a mystery about people judging by the first 100 or so pages. A large chunk of the beginning of the book has to do with a financial scandal. Get past that and you'll meet some really interesting characters. While the ending ties back to the financial scandal, it's not enough of a connection to justify so much time and detail up front.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Artsygirl71 California 07-02-10
    Artsygirl71 California 07-02-10 Listener Since 2008

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    "Eh..."

    The writing is good. Descriptive and great character development.....but slow. I got half way through and lost interest.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    G. Forde New Jersey 04-28-10
    G. Forde New Jersey 04-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "just better than other mysteries out there"

    It takes too long to kick into gear but it is far superior to most of the other leading mystery authors out there, bar none. It is R rated but intelligent and engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    carla United States 04-06-10
    carla United States 04-06-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Was too short"

    This plot was so well devised that I wish i had bought the unabridged version. Many said the long version was slow in the beginning, but I really did not want the abridged version to end; 8 hours was not near enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George Issaquah, WA, USA 01-02-09
    George Issaquah, WA, USA 01-02-09
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    "Caution: Very Sexually Graphic"

    I was surprised that none of the reviewers pointed out that this book contains very graphic depictions of rape and sexual torture. What made it all the more incredible is that we're dragged through these disgusting scenes for no apparent reason. The passages neither further the plot or factor into the overall story in any way. It seems as though they're just tossed in to give the story more of a thriller's "edge". Stay away unless you have a strong stomach for kinky rape etc. After reading this one I look forward to a rating system for books similar to movies and video games.

    38 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    Molly 06-10-14
    Molly 06-10-14
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    "Wonderful narration!"
    Where does The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was not just a "narration" but a performance. It definitely is at the top of my favorites list. I've listening to all 3 books in this series and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't imagine any other version being nearly as enjoyable. Out of all of the books I have listening to on audible (quite a few), Martin Wenner has been my favorite.


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

    Yes! It's awesome. I was excited to discover after the first book that there were 2 more, equally as intriguing and edgy.


    What about Martin Wenner’s performance did you like?

    He deserves an award for his performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    H. Bard 07-16-13
    H. Bard 07-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't get into reading the book LOVED the audio"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to be better than the print version?

    YES YES YES. I tried to read this book initially & just couldn't get into it. I think the large number of characters & Swedish names of people & places made it confusing for me to sink into the story line. My mom read the book & highly recommended it so I thought I'd give the audiobook a try. I'm so glad I did. It was much easier to get into & the narrator is engaging.


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    Dani Cincinnati 06-20-13
    Dani Cincinnati 06-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A solid B+"

    TL;DR A good mystery, sufficient character development, good backdrop/setting immersion.

    To expand on my TL;DR (which I put at the top for easier access)

    Overall, the story is interesting. You definitely want to know whodunnit. Not an obvious or too predictable story-line, takes a few twists. Also, the relationship between the main characters is nice to watch grow.

    Character development is alright - I'd say right in the middle. There are a slew of other characters from other books I can think of with whom the reader has a deeper relationship, and there are quite a few with shallower relationships. You get to know the characters on a good friend level.

    The backdrop/setting was pretty good. You get a nice feel for the island and the attitude of the family. The descriptions of the environment let you feel what it's like there, without boring you.

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    Jessica 10-09-12
    Jessica 10-09-12
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    "Exciting and Thrilling"
    If you could sum up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in three words, what would they be?

    Suspensful, shocking, and exciting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    The building of the relationship between the two main characters.


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

    He added another depth of emotion and excitement.


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

    It would have been nice, yes, but not possible due to personal schedule.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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