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Publisher's Summary

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family.

He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from 40 years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves

©2005/ 2008 Norstedts Agency / Reg Keeland (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"I doubt you will read a better book this year." (Val McDermid)
"Intelligent, complex, with a gripping plot and deeply intriguing characters. The author's early death is a great loss." (Philip Pullman)
"What a cracking novel! I haven't read such a stunning thriller debut for years. Brilliantly written and totally gripping." (Minette Walters)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Interesting and Believable Characters

Working with people professionally I often find fictional characters shallow and hard to believe. I liked the people I met in this book. Lots of authentic dialogue.

My only wish, as with many other audio books, is that I could re listen to some sections without having to go back so far as leads and clues are disclosed.

Now to get the next book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Cheryl
  • Cape Town South Africa
  • 07-30-10

Hooked on Stieg Larsson

I have just finished Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. What an unexpectedly delightful book, and what a relief there are two more books after this one. Lisbeth Salander is an unusual, but believable heroine. Saul Reichlin is a master narrator, and I will be searching for any other books he narrates.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Exciting and shocking.

Can't wait to see the film. Of course they are never as good as the book but this time I'll make an exception. At first I was a bit bored with the time taken to set up all the characters in this book but as the story progressed I got hooked - like so many others have. Very interesting leading female character. Not at all a conventional girl. To me she reads like a goth gen Y with aspergers and a good sex drive. Well worth the listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Not overrated a must read for all!!!

I would definitely recommend this book even if you don't usually read mystery novels. The author does a great job of setting the scene and the characters for which there are many. But even with so many characters the author has the ability to ensure that you can remember the most important.

The very main characters Norwegian Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Bloomkvists are brilliantly miles apart in appearance and age but a wonderful duo for characters so intriguing and likeable that you just keep you wanting to know more about them.
Lizbeth is an intriguing 25 year old and is a private detective of sorts. However her life will fascinate you as much as the mystery trying to be solved. Mikael a financial journalist and editor of a magazine, is also a fantastic main character, and also addictive in the sense that the author only lets you know so much about him. Mikael is very blunt and straightforward. He is characterised very male in his life style. Never fully settled yet has the life that many other males would dream off and the type of man that send some women nuts over.

The mystery itself starts almost like a who done it novel, with the exception that the suspects are on a island instead of house. But it is so much more then that. The main characters Mikael and Lizbeth really make this book what it is and the questioning psychology and interest in people's personality that the author demonstrates in the book is what sets this book apart.

This book is the first of a trilogy. I loved every moment of the book and cannot wait to read the next two...

Oh and just a quick note on the author. He wrote this book as a hobby each night after work and the author's books are not overrated and are addictive.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Panicked
  • Devlin, Ontario, Canada
  • 03-02-12

wowe! what a story!

This was the type of book that I could not wait to get back to. The story kept me wondering right to the end. I did not figure it out. All the caracters are introduced and you think you have an idea as to how this will work but there are so many twists and turns you just never know. The book is quite descriptive of some aweful stuff so if you are sensitive to that it's probably better to read it so you can skim those things. However it was so well written, I'll "read" more by this author. Well read too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

A great leading lady, unbelievable plot

This book is very entertaining and the leading lady just great. I know the book has a lot of devote fans and I have to say I am not one of them. For me, as the plot unveils it becomes just too unbelievable and I couldn't take it seriously anymore.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

The ultimate road trip audiobook

We listened to this mystery for 5 days on the road during our summer vacation. Perfect to keep your mind completely engrossed in a fascinating and disturbing story. There's a good reason why it has become so popular, and this type of 500 page book is perfectly suited and, in my opinion, better enjoyed as an audiobook than reading it. The narration is simply superb. Enjoy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

terrific novel, very entertaining

A terrific novel and well narrated. I loved it. I was kept enthralled right up to the last word. It was a fascinating story and I can't wait to go onto the next book in the trilogy. The reader Saul Reichlin reads it superbly. He has a pleasant voice with appropriate expression. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
  • 06-30-10

Great Listening

I really enjoyed this book; loved the narration and was sorry to have it end. I can hardly wait to read the next one and see what else the characters have in store for us.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Rivetting!

It took me a little while to get into this book but once I did, I couldn't turn it off. The narrator is excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter
  • 10-03-10

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Absolutely awesome! Great to listen to when you do fitness or other activities! 5 stars from me!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • M
  • 09-09-10

Oh well, it didn't do it for me

Difficult to empathise with anyone here. Some good tricks & surprises, but really didn't involve me. Reader good range of voices but generally the book's pace was incredibily slow & just a touch lifeless.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • 07-29-10

Brilliant

A new, exciting, original and absolutely brilliant first novel, the first in the Millennium Trilogy. I just can't understand anyone giving this less than 5 stars. One of the most gripping novels of the decade for sure. Yes, the names are long and awkward for us Brits, but that's only a minor point. I found it absolutely gripping and downloaded the other two books straight after, which just get better and better. It's a real shame Mr. Larsson isn't around to provide us more. Superbly read by Saul Reichlin too. Top notch

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • James Hey
  • 07-16-10

I wasn't sure at first

I was very sceptical about this book before I downloaded it. I knew of it's Swedish origins, and was worried about the quality of the translation. My scepticism turned to confusion, when I was about two hours in, and had no idea what was going on. I admit, I had to use wikipedia to make sense of the names. Turns out my confusion was partly caused by me unknowingly falling asleep and missing a huge chuck, but still, a little confusing. Once i got the names sorted, however, I began to love the book, and the characters. There were a few issues I had the first few hours (to be honest, the first 13 hours) which was caused by the apparent lack of ANYTHING happening. I was frustrated at the apparent lack of investigation, and it did rather feel as if the book did not move on. However, this cleared up largely towards the end, and when I re-listened to the whole story on a long car journey, i realised that none of the long explanation and detail occurred without either an interesting entertainment value, or a relevance to the plot.

I ended up loving the book. However, as a warning to anyone interested, this book is, in places, sexually explicit, and includes semi detailed sexual events and acts, and is therefore not suitable for young children, for those considering the audio book for long car journeys with young family members.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Colin
  • 06-11-10

Just didn't grab me

After all the hype and at least 2 recommendations by friends I was looking forward to listening to this book. However I have to admit that it just didn't engage me at all. I found the prose very long-winded, with great tracts of descriptive text that, to me, added nothing to the story. After a week of listening I just gave up and left the story in mid-air.

Maybe an abridged version would work better in the audio format.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Hayley
  • 05-13-10

Really good

Slow start but when the story gets going you can't stop listening. I listened to this while walking my dog, she got some very long walks! can wait to listen to the next one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Martin
  • 03-01-10

Absolutely fantastic

I ordered this book with a little trepidation. I had read some people's reviews saying it was hard work to follow with all the Sweden references and place names. Also I recall someone saying they had trouble following the plot theme, place names character history and family references. I would like to say that this is only going to be a problem IF you read them out of sequence. These 'The Girl ....' books are a TRILOGY and will make perfect sense (and increase your enjoyment of the story) only if they are tackled in the correct order, which is 1. .....with the Dragon Tattoo, 2. ....who played with fire and finally 3. ....who kicked the hornets nest. So, having also read what a good narrator Saul Reichlin was, I decided to take the plunge. Boy was I glad I did. This book starts the story and leaves the reader/listener gasping for more, well it did me at least. Excellently narrated, the Swedish place names are perfectly pronounced and set the tone and atmosphere of the story magnificently. Believe me you will not want to put this book down and will be eager to read the second and final parts.
Excellent story, excellent characters, excellent narrator, what more is there to say, just get it and the next two. I have yet to read the third and final book, but this one is excellent, as is the second one so I'm sure the final part will be, also. A cracking pace, brilliant finale and absolutely fantastic all round. You will not be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • 02-04-10

Brilliant!

As another reviewer wrote, this book is a great novel, not just a great crime novel. Dickensian in it's scale, and beautifully written. There are faults, but these are only too eagerly forgiven in such a great book. Books like this come along rarely. I cannot fathom how anyone could give this book ONE star, that is wierd, I dread to think what sort of books those people like, why not two or three... but one?!! Get past the first hour, concentrate a bit and it will reward! wonderful. IMHO

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Elaine
  • 08-26-09

Compulsive listening

I hesitated to download this book because of one negative review but was swayed by others that indicated that it was brilliant once you get into it. I agree with the latter. I had to concentrate at the outset to understand the many threads that the author weaves but I was soon hooked! It's not a book I could listen to while doing something else as I tended to lose the plot and had to go back but I found it compulsive listening. I can't wait to hear the next book in the series.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dowie
  • 08-22-09

Brilliant

I don't often write reviews but this book was a really good and i would recommend it to those who like mysteries.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • LEISA
  • 01-20-16

Amazing book

What made the experience of listening to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo the most enjoyable?

The first of an amazing series. Can't stop listening even if you have read the book and seen the movies..

Which character – as performed by Saul Reichlin – was your favourite?

Great performance. Four stars

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  • Eric
  • 12-21-15

Excellent

great story excellent naration clear and concise pronunciation could not stop listening. i would recoment iy to other readers

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  • Pia
  • 11-17-15

Awesome Read!!

This story had me intrigued & guessing "what's next" from the beginning to end!! Made even more enjoyable by the narrator Saul Reichlin he was excellent! Can't wait to read the next 3 books!!

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  • Thomas
  • 10-12-15

A very enjoyable performance

I really enjoyed the narration done by Saul. Each character sounded unique and by the end of the book I could recognise them by voice and not have to wait for the words to inform me.

My sole criticism of this book is the chapters don't line up with the audible version. Audible has broken it down into 17 even chapters all a bit over an hour where I would have liked it to have each chapter easy to get to.

Nonetheless I highly recommend listening to this version.

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  • Kitty
  • 09-30-15

Exciting

A favourite, yet very new *whodunnit*
One to keep finding something new on each subsequent reading.
Highly recommend.

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  • Alexi
  • 06-30-15

amazing

absolutely love this book and the series! Such an addictive read and one I can listen too over and over again

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  • emily
  • 04-23-15

great characters

this was an incredibly addictive read. good story. good characters. i would definitely listen again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 04-21-15

fantastic all round.

It was such a pleasure to hear, i now look forward to reading it and listening to the next two. such an amazing story

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  • Dragonfr
  • 10-22-14

Great

I loved the story and the writing style ( in text) but the performance of the book is by far the best audio book I have yet purchased. The voice was well modulated and when he did go into character both the male and female voice were believable.

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  • bec
  • 06-23-14

So disappointing

I read all the rave reviews, everybody loved this book. All I can say is, I disagree with all of them! I kept expecting and hoping the book Would get more interesting, unfortunately I could barely plough through it.
Words, so very many words, 10 were used when 3 would do! I'm not a fan of abridged books, but this would be a good candidate
The story was so predictable, not so much wondering who did it, but how.
I won't be reading any more books by this author.
I do think that the narrator did a good job, so that's a positive!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful