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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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    Jennifer Woods 01-26-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant story"

    A terrific read - and you must continue on to the next 2 books in the series. The detail and descriptions are essential to the 3 stories and most enjoyable. If you don't like details then stick to abridged books. So well written and original. Loved them. Do yourself a favour and get these books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul mastertonNew Zealand 01-23-10
    Paul mastertonNew Zealand 01-23-10
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    "Whatever the audiobook version of 'page turner'"

    Good book, really interesting characters and a somehow a nice change for the setting to be Skandinavian.
    The character of Lisbet Salander is original and compelling.
    A wee bit slow to start (1st hour or so) but well worth a little perseverance

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 12-21-09
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 12-21-09 Member Since 2013

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "Larsson's Sweden an interesting but limited world"

    I enjoyed listening to Saul Reichlin's interpretative reading of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." With such a deep voice he has been able to sketch Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, the two main characters in the book, in your mind.

    Larsson paints a dark story, with the underlying theme of men abusing women. (The original Swedish title of the books can be translated as "Men hating women.") While Salander, a hacker, is a woman refusing to become a victim, Blomkvist, a journalist, is introduced as a hero keeping the moral high ground.

    The way that Larsson uses sex in the story, made me wonder at times if Blomkvist shouldn't resort under the men abusing women? Take the sex, at least some of it, out of the book, and it becomes an interesting dark thriller.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 09-14-09
    Julie 09-14-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Good listen"

    This book was a little hard to get into during the first 2hrs because it spoke of political things I am not too familiar with. However I stuck with it and it all begain to tie in together. This is a really good novel, the narrator is exceptional. I very rarely listen to male narrator, but with this author and this narrator I can't wait to download the second novel in this trilogy. Enjoy, I know I did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Kingston, ON, Canada 08-03-09
    Nancy Kingston, ON, Canada 08-03-09
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    "good thriller"

    I was initially disappointed not to be able to get the version read by Simon Vance, but this narrator was also superb. Well written (though perhaps a bit longer than it needed to be) and beautifully read by Saul Reichlin.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 06-01-10
    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 06-01-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Email To My Uncle Trying to Convert Him to Audio"

    I just listened to the audio book. What an experience! You have got to start using your i Pod to listen to books.

    Reading this book versus listening to it would probably be like drinking soy milk instead of partaking of the real stuff.

    It gets even worse when you try to condense 18 hours into a couple of hours. A couple of times I thought the book was ending at a climatic part and was saying "Wow what a book" to myself only to find out there were several more hours to listen too. My reaction was - there is nothing the author could decently add to this story - only to find out a few hours later there definitely was.

    I don't know how a movie can do justice to the book. The comparison has got to get worse.

    A movie would be like listening to Beethoven's ninth on a toy accordion instead of with a symphony orchestra.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Noel Elliminyt, Australia 09-23-10
    Noel Elliminyt, Australia 09-23-10
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    "Good. Very Good!"

    Started off like a slow moving train. Then it developed in the most excellent why. Real beaut characters, with strong personalities and determination. A champion listen. Well done Steig. Well done Saul Reichlin.

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    Jens Jensen Western Massachusetts 09-01-10
    Jens Jensen Western Massachusetts 09-01-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Saul Reichlin is great!"

    As one can see from the numerous reviews preceding mine, this book is clearly a page-turner (even when there are no pages involved). This review offers praise for Saul Reichlin, who in my opinion should be narrating just about every book out there. His amazing reading catches the moods and voices of the various characters, and even without "he said" and "she said," it's clear who is speaking and the emotion behind the words. Five stars for both the book and Saul Reichlin's excellent reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Prince Rupert, BC, Canada 08-21-10
    Shelley Prince Rupert, BC, Canada 08-21-10
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    "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy"

    I have almost completed the trilogy now and I find that I am delaying getting to the end. That is how I know how enjoyable it has been to listen to these books. The story is remarkable and the narration is excellent. One of the best audible books ever!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Crystal City, Manitoba, Canada 08-21-10
    Heather Crystal City, Manitoba, Canada 08-21-10
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    "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

    I enjoyed listening to this intriguing but dark story. The author did a great job of creating characters that were intriguing and interesting. The narrator kept the flow of the story going and did well at differentiating the characters. On occasion, because of the sheer number of Characters with unfamiliar Swedish names, I struggled to keep track of who was who. Regardless of this fact I found this book to be a real thriller. It kept me on the edge of my seat until the end and left me wanting to pick up the next book in the trilogy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Rob
    9/28/15
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    "Really good."

    Fantastic, it's slow to get into the story, particularly if you have the film in mind, but I was gripped throughout. Couldn't stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    United Kingdom
    9/2/15
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    "Saul Reichlin"
    If you could sum up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in three words, what would they be?

    Great story-telling / narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lisbet - for her courage.


    What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

    All of it - his use of his voice and his pronunciation was so clear, yet reflected the Swedish origins of the author and the characters - absolutely the best!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    My imagination - sadly - does not extend this far....


    Any additional comments?

    In view of some of the adverse comments Saul Reichlin is receiving for the 4th Millennium book, I would just like to say that Saul narrated all the original trilogy books that I listened to and I thought he was absolutely marvelous! Saul's precise use of the English translation, while reflecting the Swedish origin of the books (and his pronunciation of the Swedish names!) was exemplary!! I am not easily given to such compliments! I can only think that those people who have criticised Saul for his narration of the latest book must have listened to other narrators for the original series... Saul is a great narrator and I have been an Audible listener for several years!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
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    4/10/15
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    "Does not live up to the hype"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not, the story is OK but the book is about two thirds two long and would benefit from heavy editing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stieg Larsson again?

    Not in a hurry.


    What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

    He does a good job, but he keeps switching the pronunciation of the protagonist's name.


    Was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo worth the listening time?

    It is way too long, so I'm inclined to say no.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand why this book is so popular. The story only gets going in the second half of the book, and there is too much detail and irrelevant background information. The best thing about this book are the well-constructed and interesting characters, especially the two protagonists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. GLEN
    UK
    8/22/14
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    "Overlong and poorly translated"
    What did you like best about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? What did you like least?

    Good characters but very long and rambling. Poor translation with stilted dialogue. Odd structure.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not inspired to read the sequels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    Rinteln, United Kingdom
    1/19/12
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    "Excellent"

    A great book with lots of fantastic characters and a twist at the end. Well worth a listen and well read by Saul. The only criticism is that it was just a little too long with the end seeming to prolong the story unnecessarily.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Watford, United Kingdom
    9/29/11
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    "Book of Two Halves"

    I don't know why I bought this book; it hadn't really appealed to me in the past. I'm so glad that I did as the second half is one of the best I've ever read.

    I had read some of the other readers' reviews, so I was prepared for a rather slow start; this is an understatement as it effectively has a prologue that lasts for the first half of the book. Some degree of scene-setting is always necessary, but this took the biscuit and had I not been prepared for the slow start I may well have given up.

    The second half of the book, however, is one of the best listens I've had in a long time. The character of Lisbet Salander, the damaged and idiosyncratic anti-heroine, is an amazing creation whose reactions to any situation just cannot be second guessed. There is also a twist in the tale that both surprised and made me smile, something unusual in this genre of fiction. The original title of the book, when translated from the original Swedish is "Men Who Hate Women", and this is explored in many ways. It is also necessarily graphic, so anyone who finds explicit scenes and the associated language offensive or uncomfortable should avoid this book.

    I have awarded the book only four stars, but if it were possible to rate it in the two halves it really deserves, it would be a two and an impressive five.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stewart
    RadstockUnited Kingdom
    4/16/11
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    "As Good as everyone says"

    Believe the hype. It's a well paced thriller but also a very very good book. The writer doesn't rush or panic; he develops characters, weaves different story lines together and builds a believable scenario with which a lesser author would struggle to convince.
    I cannot wait to read the other stories in the series because I desperately want to meet the characters again.
    I should add the narrator is superb and just right for the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vic
    2/3/11
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    "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

    I would say the first hour was confusing but my goodness if you stick with it you will be rewarded with a masterpiece crime thriller.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie
    Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    11/30/10
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    "A brilliant listen from start to finish!"

    I purchased this on a whim after hearing about it shortly after the books were published. It's a brilliant book, modern, diverse, well written and brilliantly narrated. Excellent! I would only ward off those that have weak stomachs as some parts are quite graphic!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    London, Great London, United Kingdom
    10/3/10
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    "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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