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Publisher's Summary

A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue....

It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden...and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

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.

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©2008 Stieg Larsson (P)2008 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Cases rarely come much colder than the decades-old disappearance of teen heiress Harriet Vanger from her family's remote island retreat north of Stockholm, nor do fiction debuts hotter than this European bestseller . . . At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden's dirty not-so-little secrets, this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody psychodrama of a Bergman movie with the grisly pyrotechnics of a serial-killer thriller, then add an angry punk heroine and a down-on-his-luck investigative journalist, and you have the ingredients of Stieg Larsson's first novel." ( The New York Times)
" The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a striking novel. Just when I was thinking there wasn't anything new on the horizon, along comes Stieg Larsson with this wonderfully unique story. I was completely absorbed." (Michael Connelly)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Maybe its just me, but ...

the hype on this story has me puzzled. Don't get me wrong, it's an excellent mystery, certainly worth a credit. But, it's overrated. Maybe the incredible praise it has received is based on the author's premature death? If you like murder mysteries, you'll like it ... but don't expect this to be the finest thing you've ever found. I was ready to be disappointed as soon as I heard that the text was translated from Swedish ... not a problem, the translation and reading was excellent .... but, it's just a good mystery, not the best of all time, as one would be led to believe by the reviews.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Garrett
  • Castaic, CA, United States
  • 01-27-10

Engaging story and characters, great setting.

The backdrop of both urban and rural Sweden is fantastic and the story ranges in success, ultimately finding its way to a satisfying and plausible conclusion.
Its pace can drag at moments, choosing to focus on the characters which are of little interest. But this part financial thriller, part murder mystery, part sociological character-study draws together what is actually about three story lines into a well linked and, for the most part, very good page-turner. The biggest issue for me was the almost recklessly paced ending where, out off seemingly nowhere, our female protagonist seems to change before our eyes -- and I don't mean that in a good way. She seems to become more of a character out of a Bond film than in the story we'd watched her be a part of for the previous pages. All in all -- a good read and at time was hands down fantastic.



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    4 out of 5 stars

well-written mystery with a message

This is a very well-written novel with great character and several useful messages behind the mystery plot. I gave it a 4 just because it was a little difficult to get into at first (I understood nothing from the first few chapters because they told really long stories in one go). The narrator is great and I love the way he differentiates the voices with different English accents even though they're Swedish!

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    4 out of 5 stars

Good but slow

The narrator is excellent. The story is interesting, but develops very slowly and with lots of detail that makes it seem realistic, yet causes the plot to unfold very, very slowly. Even so, I have to admit it held my attention. I would recommend it.

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  • Paula
  • CA, CA, USA
  • 01-21-10

Better than reading the book

I started to read this book (the old fashioned way) but was stymied by all the Swedish names/places and words. Visually I was slowed down because I am not familiar with the pronunciation and my eyes and brain insisted on trying to sound out the words. After around 75 pages I downloaded it on audible. Amazing how hearing the story read to me just allowed me to "let it go" even if I didn't know how to spell the words. The narrator did a great job. Instead of stressing on the pronunciation I got sucked into the story. Suspenseful at times, a few quirky characters and a good story.
Just downloaded the next in the series. I'm hooked!

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    4 out of 5 stars

Very good book

I can't gush glowing praise about this book like other reviewers, but it was well written and kept me interested. I liked this author enough to download The Girl Who Played with Fire.

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  • JB
  • Rochester,NY
  • 01-12-10

Very entertaining!

Keeps you on your toes with twists and corelations you do not dream of!Very well written very exciting!

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  • David
  • Woodbridge, VA, USA
  • 01-11-10

Worth every penny, a must read

You won't be able to stop this audiobook. Get ready for a thrilling ride through the streets of Stockholm, and get ready to delve into the lives of men who hate women and uncover fmily secret and cruel measures of lust.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto

Nicely written with a good plot. Voice of reader was perfect for the book.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Very exciting and the details pay off

This book was a great listen. I had a little difficulty getting into the book because it is very highly detailed and since it was originally written in Swedish there was some vocabulary and some names that didn't quite translate as smoothly as the rest. After I got drawn into the story, I was hooked. There were some great scenes where I felt a great sense of empathy with the characters it was all due to the great detail that the author put into the story. At times I was shocked whereas at others I found myself laughing. This book was all-in-all very entertaining and now I have since gone on to read the sequel which is based around the same main characters.

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