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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

©2008 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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My First Audiobook! I'm Hooked!!!

Quality was excellent. Very easy to listen to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Nathan
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 09-19-09

A great story: a bit too sexually obsessed for me

I can see why this book has been popular. The characters and the plot are interesting. The Scandinavian flavor is nice too, if you're from North America and not used to it. The narration is "okay," but not great. I grew tired of the main character's endless and improbably sexual exploits, however, and they started to detract from the quality of the novel. It's not that the sex is graphic, because it is not. It's just so endless...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Christian
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 07-20-09

Did this ever go to an editor ??

This is an enjoyable read, and the narrator is fantastic.
The book is charmingly Scandinavian - lots of snow, endless coffee, and liberal socialist attitudes - but boy could it do with some decent editorial input! The pointless back stories about completely irrelevant characters, the family trees tediously detailed... there would have been a lot of skimming in hard copy.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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iPod 2X

Another silly but enjoyable bestseller - but only after I put it to 2X speed on my iPod. Even then, I had to check several times that it was still on that setting. We should have been told what the value of Kroner is in real money.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nadia
  • Klerksdorp, South Africa
  • 08-24-10

Totally exciting!

Well researched! Makes you want to visit Sweden. The title makes you expect something quite different though. Cant wait for the next book in the trilogy.

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  • Amber
  • Fort Collins, CO, United States
  • 08-21-10

Not my kind of book

It could be that it's just not my "kind" of book, but I did not enjoy this story. The 'twist' was fairly obvious, I thought, from early on, as was the 'who'. I found the way that the narrator pronounced place names and character names distracting, and it took me out of the story regularly. I didn't think much of Bloomkvist and had trouble empathising with him. I often found myself starting to let daydreams get in the way as I listened and was constantly rewinding so I could hear what I'd missed. The book is well written and although I can't quite understand the cult status of this book, the characters certainly are well presented and fully thought out. They all felt very 'real'. I guess "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" just wasn't my cup of tea.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Read/Listen!

Excellent Read/Listen.

I listened to this book while on several all day car trips. I was consistently disappointed to reach my destination because it meant I had to stop listening.
No complaints other than I wish the author hadn't died!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Suspenseful

A great story. It seemed to take a while to gain momentum but then it was compelling listening. My only criticism is that it stopped abruptly.I wanted to hear what happened to Lisbeth.

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  • Arthur
  • Rai ValleyNew Zealand
  • 05-26-10

Best trilogy I have ever read

Outstanding. Wish there were more books from Steig Larrsen.

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  • Jenni
  • RoodepoortSouth Africa
  • 03-17-10

My first audio book and what a great find

This was the first time I had "read" an audio book and will certainly not be the last. I had started reading the paper version and found it hard-going but I wanted to finish it because of the glowing reports in the press. I listened to it, enjoyed the experience and the story was fascinating. I will get the next in the series next month.

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  • Anonymous
  • 08-26-15

It's a gripping story and I was gripped.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to be better than the print version?

I could never find the time to get through the print version - I'd read a chapter or so and give up. But the audio version was brilliant!

What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

He made it easy to listen.

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

It's much too long to be read in one sitting but I did devote a lot of my time to listening to it!

Any additional comments?

The audio version got me over my block with this book and I'm so grateful it did! A truly gripping series of books.

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  • Cheryl
  • 07-22-15

Enjoyable listen

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

I found it difficult to get I to the book when trying to read it previously but the audiobook was an enjoyable listen. The smooth Swedish kilt of the author is also very nice to listen to.

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

No

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  • Mr G.
  • 07-21-15

Great book!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to be better than the print version?

Yes, the narrator brings the book alive very well. I was pleased to find the next two narrated by the same person.

What did you like best about this story?

It surprised me. I decided to read it because of the popularity and press it was getting, expecting a fluffy love story about a girl with a secret or something like that. I was wrong!

What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

He did not try to use too many fake voices to portray the characters. He didn't need to, you could tell who was talking just from his narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the ending!

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  • LISA WILD
  • 07-20-15

I LOVE this book

What did you like most about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

lots of twists, unexpected turns. i really enjoyed listening to this narrator and I hope he would be the one to narrate the sequels.

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

when Lizbeth turned the tables on her abuser/guardian.

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  • Samuel Wallace
  • 07-20-15

Excellent

Narration was first class and really enhanced this thrilling book. Can't wait to enjoy the next two books in the trilogy.

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  • Naythan Millington
  • 07-16-15

Brilliant novel with a brilliant narration.

First few hours are a bit slow, but when it picks up you just can't stop listening.

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  • Alex F
  • 06-30-15

Just Brilliant

Great characters and a great tale of suspense that keeps you hooked all the way?

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  • Mary Burns
  • 06-26-15

Enjoyable

The narrator was very good at conveying the drama of the at times complicated plot.

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  • selva
  • 05-30-15

it is a tormental history, sad, with a nice end

loved, the history of a girl who sufered for many years because of her family

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  • stacy
  • 05-28-15

wonderfully read and very gripping!! love it =) <br />

Really enjoyed the speakers voice and looking forward to hearing the rest of them. Will definitely recommend it to my friends
Thank you