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.
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.
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.
Suspensful, shocking, and exciting.
The building of the relationship between the two main characters.
He added another depth of emotion and excitement.
It would have been nice, yes, but not possible due to personal schedule.
Before you start reading my re-buff (at the beginning) be it known that I just purchased the next book in the trilogy and it is unabridged.
I had heard that this book was hard to get into. Thus, I purchased the abridged version. Thank God that I did because the first half, even abridged, really dragged. Why this was a European blockbuster best-seller is beyond me. Along with the VERY slow start, the Swedish names because they unfamiliar were difficult to keep straight and remember. A good book, yes, but a blockbuster is a stretch.
Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker with an amazing photographic memory and anti-social tendencies who has a dragon tattoo did not have an important part in the book until the second half. Even then, she was not a focal character. Thus, I do not understand the name of the book. If you are trying to quit smoking or drink coffee, don’t read this book. These two items are more focal that Lisbeth.
Get past the first half and you'll meet some really interesting characters and get into a good complex mystery. The book takes many twists. That is why I have purchased the next in the series.
Martin Wenner is probably the worst narrator that I have heard. He doesn’t even attempt women’s voices. It is a straight read. He is NOT the reader of the next book that I have purchased.
The writer kept you captivated the whole book.
Loved the narrator.
The book was very graphic but I couldn't stop listening and hoping for revenge.
As far as suspenseful books go, this is fairly well done. The last chapters tend to be a bit slow compared to the exciting build up in the middle of the book, but it is nice to have the loose ends tied up.
I really liked the narrator. I've discovered how important it is for an audio books to have a good narrator as I've downloaded a few that are just painful to listen to. Thankfully, Martin Wenner did a very nice job. His pacing was great and I'd be happy to listen to another book by him.
I loved the suspenseful plot. The book was a quick read, and I'm excited to read all three!
Yes. I love how each character had a mysterious side that kept you wanting more. I was surprised by the the way things turned out. It was not an obvious plot line.
His accent made the book feel authentic.
The story itself was entertaining, but I feel I have to mention something about the narrator. After having listened to The Girl Who Played with Fire and comparing that narrator with Martin Wenner, I really wish Martin had done the voices for the other Larson books as well. In the other audio, the narrator made the protagonist sound so sleepy and dull it was a bit frustrating to put up with. I'm also glad that Wenner didn't go over the top to try to sound like a woman for the female voices.
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