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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Audiobook

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Brendan Palmyra, Australia 01-13-11
    Brendan Palmyra, Australia 01-13-11 Member Since 2016
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    "A Great Read"

    There isn't much to say, the book is well read and has an exciting plot definitely another great trilogy!

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    Amazon Customer 01-12-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Objective"

    "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was gripping. The story was dark and at times violent, but it had to be by its very nature. I subsequently watched the two films in the trilogy and they were an appropriate continuation on the characters, bringing to light further aspects of the prior story/ies. The films were thought provoking and leave one wondering that if Larsson was halfway through the fourth instalment what he had planned for the characters. Whilst it is necessary to read the books/watch the films in their intended succession, each has an appropriate ending and is not left as a cliff hanger. Not my usual watching/reading genre, but I did get drawn into the need to see justice prevail. Not the type of thing you could say you "enjoyed" but they were certainly well done.

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    Tara 12-30-10
    Tara 12-30-10
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    "Worth the time!"

    Admittedly, this book was a little hard to get into at first, and there's more inane detail than necessary at times.

    Those things aside, this is a wonderfully entertaining read. The plot is far bigger and more complex than you could hope for, and the cast of characters is rich, diverse and contains some unlikely heroes.

    I can't wait to get into the final chapter of the Millennium Trilogy.

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    Simon Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-21-10
    Simon Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-21-10 Member Since 2016
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    "not bad"

    I enjoyed it but I am not sure what all the fanfare is about. maybe the next one will be better.

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    Alan Collins 12-08-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "The Trilogy: Audio books at their best."

    Fantastic. Loved all three in the series. At roughly 20 hours each, it seemed daunting. Not at all. The time flew by and I felt lost when the last one ended. The narrator was superb and played a large part in my enjoyment. The production quality was excellent, with very few instances when a new take was obvious. Money very well spent.

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    Henrik Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 11-10-10
    Henrik Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 11-10-10 Member Since 2010
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    "It's the details that make the difference...."

    While it was a very good story and nicely narrated it was unfortunate that the split of the 3 parts where not given much consideration. I found it disturbing that the split was in a middle of a chapter and at the end of the last part there was a voice telling me "please turn the tape over". If these small but important details would be taken care of I would have given it a 5.

    Regards
    Henrik

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Larsen Layton, Utah 10-23-10
    S. Larsen Layton, Utah 10-23-10 Member Since 2017

    I'm a happy homeschool mama of 4 little kids ages 8 to 2 yrs.

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    "Too Violent and Graphic"

    I couldn't even finish it. I hear it has a great plot and gets quicker towards the end (it's slow in the beginning) but I couldn't get that far with all the sexually explict assaults etc.

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    Elaine Canada 10-10-10
    Elaine Canada 10-10-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Great reader, good writer...but"

    Better to read than to listen...maybe. Many characters, many lengthy descriptions that may not be key to the plot, the characters or the story line may be distracting to the audio version. i am currently reading the second book in print form to compare the experience. There is no doubt that the main character is compelling, the reader brilliant, the plot interesting, but it is not the 5/5 that I expected it to be. Cut it in half!

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    Dianne Mildura, Australia 08-14-10
    Dianne Mildura, Australia 08-14-10 Member Since 2011

    So many great books, and so little time to meet them all..this is why I adore audio books, I take them with me everywhere: studio, garden etc.

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    "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

    Based on the reviews that I read I was looking forward to this book and whilst it was enjoyable enough I felt at the end that the whole thing was just slightly off key, and I won't be listening to it again. I did not feel that any of the characters really achieved their potential under the writer's hand although they came closest in the Lisbet character. The 'baddies' were just too bad, too black and white and I felt too, that the violence, grotesque as it was, was perhaps just a tad calculated to shock the reader.
    Perhaps Larsson's style lost something in the translation, but I found that the language was pretty wooden as if he was just churning through and trying to get the story told without much consideration for style. The narrator was just fine and I would be happy to listen to him again, but not in a Larsson novel...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Burpengary, Australia 05-06-10
    Rachel Burpengary, Australia 05-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Initially a bit hard going"

    Initially this book was a bit difficult to settle with. The characters seemed a bit over the top along with the sadistic elements. The narrator's voice was also a little off putting, somewhat clipped and providing a swedish uncle with a bluff englishman's vocal tones but by the end I was cheering the the main character and keen to hear the next installment. Worth persevering!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    6/26/15
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    "Enjoyable"

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

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  • selva
    5/30/15
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    "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
    5/28/15
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    "wonderfully read and very gripping!! love it =)
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    Really enjoyed the speakers voice and looking forward to hearing the rest of them. Will definitely recommend it to my friends
    Thank you

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  • julius
    5/20/15
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    "Top story"

    It is one of the best thrillers i have ever read (on this case listened).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kieran Horgan
    5/13/15
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    "Great story , great performance"

    This is avert good story with interesting characters .
    One weird thing, in the last hour of the audio book it says"end of tape side one lease turn over". I think this should be edited out . Besides that it was a very entertaining story.

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  • miss
    5/5/15
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    "Loved it"

    What a great book, well narrated and plenty of twists to the plot, can't wait to listen to book 2.

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  • Ginny
    4/29/15
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    "Fantastic story. Gripped all the way through"

    Fantastic story can't wAit to read next 2 in series.

    First couple of chapters were a bit confusing lots of detail and political/financial description. But doesn't take long to get to full story

    Well worth a read.

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  • Louise Digby
    4/21/15
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    "loved it!"

    Took me a little while to get into it ut so glad that I did as it was great! Was super pleased when I realised that there are two more books in the series!

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  • Mr Stephen M Comer
    Welwyn Garden City, Herts United Kingdom
    4/20/15
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    "Truly superb"

    It has taken me some time to get around to listening to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but as a fan of Scandinavian literature it is a must. I had avoided finding out what the story is and as such feel I have enjoyed it even more. An excellent, layered story with superb characterisation. Superbly read. Wonderful, now on to The Girl who Played with Fire!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • chromosaurus
    4/7/15
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    "Brilliant"

    I couldn't stop listening to this wonderful story with so many twists and turns that will surprise you and shock you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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