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Publisher's Summary

Here is the first instalment of the Millennium Trilogy - which has sold more than five million print copies worldwide.

The Industrialist
Henrik Vanger, head of the dynastic Vanger Corporation, is tormented by the loss of a child decades earlier and convinced that a member of his family has committed murder.

The Journalist
Mikael Blomkvist delves deep into the Vangers' history to uncover the truth. But someone else wants the past to remain a secret and will go to any lengths to keep it that way.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Lisbeth Salander, the delinquent and dangerous security specialist, assists in the investigation. A genius computer hacker, she tolerates no restrictions placed upon her by individuals, society, or the law.

Translated by Reg Keeland.

©2005 Stieg Larsson; (P)2008 Quercus

Critic Reviews

"Crime fiction has seldom needed to salute and mourn such a stellar talent as Larsson's in the same breath....A gripping crime debut that lives up to the hype." (Sunday Times)
"An utterly fresh political and journalistic thriller that is also intimate and moral. In spite of its dark unearthings Stieg Larsson has written a feast of a book, with central characters you will not forget." (Michael Ondaatje)
"A REALLY meaty Nordic thriller." (Daily Mail)

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  • Jazid
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • 05-26-11

Good but incomplete

I bought this audiobook because I like to read and listen at the same time. It was an unpleasant surprise when I realized the audiobook is a shortened version of the actual book, so I find it useless. Too bad.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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err

the audible is not complete as the book.. its different so i have to follow the book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Simply awesome!

I am very pleased. This is the very best crimi I ever read - heard.
It's realy pity such great author will never write more books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nara
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • 11-02-16

couldnt stop listening to It!!

while cooking, walking and enjoying alone time, It had me in suspense. will get the next one for sure!

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GREAT MAIN CHARACTER WITH PLENTY OF SPINE

I HAVE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT THIS BOOK BEFORE I PURCHASED IT THAT I HAD QUIET HIGH EXPECTATIONS. ON THE WHOLE THOSE EXPECTATIONS WERE MET. I LOVE HOW DISFUNCTIONAL AND GRITTY THE MAIN CHARACTER WAS. THE NAMES WERE A LITTLE HARD TO GET USED TO AND SOME WERE QUIET SIMILIAR WHICH SOMETIMES TOOK A WHILE TO REALISE WHICH CHARACTER WAS WHICH, BUT I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.

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Great "read"!

I had never read any Larsson's, and was intrigued by this reading. In the beginning, the fact that it's audible makes it hard to follow the various characters, but at an early point it becomes very clear.
I will be downloading the sequels. Good work!

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addictive!!!

What did you love best about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

The narrator was very adept in changing his voice and giving the characters life, this was my first try at an audio book and I was hooked!! I devoured the next 2 books in the series.- the books always left you on a

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

the plot was riveting, some parts were dark but essential to the development of the character

What about Martin Wenner’s performance did you like?

Martin wenner is a great narrator. looking forward to more books narrated by him.

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

I finished this in 2 days... in between car rides, while in bed... actually didn't want to sleep just so I could keep on going. DEFINITELY a MUST listen

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Great Listen!

Where does The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks pretty high. Suspenseful and great characters overall.

What other book might you compare The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to and why?

Possibly on Da Vinci Code on how one finds one surprises in every turn.

Have you listened to any of Martin Wenner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I am a first time listener of Martin.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. Very intense book though.

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Great Book!

Where does The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high

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

The suffering when Elizabeth got raped.

What about Martin Wenner’s performance did you like?

Very good, firm

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

How Elizabeth turned out to fix things for her.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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START OF A GREAT LISTEN

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

The suspense through out the book

What other book might you compare The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to and why?

Only the rest of the series compare with this book

What about Martin Wenner’s performance did you like?

His pronunciation and accent holds you in the milieu

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

Yes definitely

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Parissa
  • 08-21-08

Unputdownable!

I live in France where everyone seems to be reading Stieg Larsson's Trilogy on the metro, so I jumped at the chance of listening to this book (the first in the series) in English - and I can now understand why everyone is so excited about this work!

The two 'heros'of the story, journalist Mickael Blomkvist and very quirky private investigator Lisbeth Salander are brought together to solve a murder where the body has never been found. In order to do so, they delve into the closed world of a remote Swedish island, where the majority of the inhabitants are members of the privileged industrialit Vanger family...

The author has managed to give the characters depth with few brushstrokes, build suspense and convey the atmosphere of a remote nordic village. This is very largely brought to life by Martin Wenner's excellent reading.

As an avid listener/reader of crime novels, it is a pleasure to hear one written and set in Sweden. It is not often that Scandinavian crime authors get translated into English - a great shame if 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' is anything to go by. When can we expect Stieg Larsson's next two books in the series on Audible? Please make it VERY SOON.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • r
  • 10-09-08

brilliant suspense and intrigue

I just loved every single minute of the listen.It was one of the best audiobooks ever.The pace was just right and the characters were fasinating.
I have listened to 100s of audiobooks and this is in my top 3,and maybe my number one.I will not talk about the plot as you will have to listen so you to, can enjoy the brilliant story.
I want to know if this is a trilogy,where are the other 2 books as I was very keen to hear them and when I looked they were nowhere to be seen!!Please audible bring them on.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Rogayah
  • 10-16-08

Millennium part 1

This is the first part of what I hope will be an excellent triology. Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist who is found guilty of slander, is persuaded to take on a job for Henrik Vanger a powerful industrialist. His cover is to write the story of the company, but more importantly Vanger wants him to find out who killed his granddaughter who disappeared 40 years previously. It is a cold trail set in a cold Swedish winter.

Investigating the rich and powerful members of this large and rather poisonous family brings trouble as well as a smart surveillance agent, Lisbeth Salander, into Blomkvist's investigation.

An interesting, well-told and well-read story with its nail- biting moments, makes this author an excellent discovery. Not to be missed in its own right, this book sets a high standard for the rest of the trilogy, whenever the other books are publish.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Jobo
  • 02-26-11

Gripping stuff - a well narrated audiobook.

My wife and I listened to this over the course of a week or two in the evenngs. We both really enjoyed it and I was so gripped by the story, I stayed up nearly all of one night to hear the ending. My wife then had to catch up during the day whilst I then suffered from lack of sleep!
I picked up this abridged version in error, as I prefer unabridged versions of books - I don't like to feel that I'm missing something the author felt was important enough to include. Having said that, I didn't realise until I went back online to download the next in the series, which shows they've done a good job. On reflection, it was quite pacey, which wasn't a bad thing.
The narrator was excellent and immersed us both in the world of the book. He was unintrusive and handled the characterisations very well indeed.
The story has some quite disturbing violent and sexual scenes, they are integral to the story and not gratuitous, but if you're easily offended it might not be suitable. Such scenes didn't offend us, but it did make us think 'wierd!'.
Well worth the Audible credit. I've downloaded both of the next books in the series, this time unabridged, and I think the same narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • 08-05-09

Truly wonderful

I was not sure I would enjoy this book but am so glad I purchased it. The book and the narrator were superb. I felt intrigued by all the characters and any interruptions like work, eating or sleeping were very annoying! I also felt that any other downloaded books might be disappointing after listening to this. I have downloaded the second in the trilogy and cannot wait.

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  • Vicky
  • 06-12-16

Wishing I got the unabridged

the story moved along quickly almost too quickly. there are some segments within the book can could use some more information. the unabridged version is twice as long but will be better than the shorter version.

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  • mark sims
  • 03-28-16

not a bad listen

a little slow to start and had trouble with the names of people and places, but a great story when it gets going interesting twist

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  • Martin
  • 01-31-16

Excellent story, explores daring themes

Larsson's dark crime drama explores a mystery decades old with an excellently crafted cast of characters. The story explores difficult themes, including torture, rape, and murder, but the development of the characters through these experiences is written astoundingly. The mystery exists not only in the case, but within the protagonists as well. An engaging audiobook, and is narrated well.

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  • Dr
  • 12-25-12

Superb, Gripping and an absolute MUST

As the first in the trilogy, this is , without doubt, one of the BEST buys on Audible. I got it after my wife started the Kindle book, and could not stop listening. We put it on the ipod and sat for hours, just soaking up all the twists and turns. A truly masterful set of tales. I bought all three, and wish that there were more. SUPERB

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  • Simon
  • 06-07-11

Dragon Tattoo_Love it/Hate it ??

When I first started to listen this this Audio book I was not sure if I would like it or hate it, I had started to read the book some time ago but stopped due time and work.
I purchased the audio book for something different to listen to on a long haul flight and was soon enthralled in the book and the twists and turns it takes. I found two central characters, Lisbeth and Mikail, with their totally different attitudes and morals most unusual, Mikail with his search for the truth behind the story and in depth reporting and Lisbeth with her slanted look on lift due to her upbringing. There are hints at a long buried secret waiting to topple the whole shooting match at any time, but despite this the story weaves and twists its way along at a fair pace.
In the end I decided that I loved it and bought the second book almost immediately I finished the first, only to the drawn deeper into the murky world of the GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

Brilliant, fresh, different and compelling

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  • KC
  • 10-22-17

great read

enjoyed the hard cover book, the movie now the audible reading. great read now ready fir the next book

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  • Tim
  • 07-01-17

3/5

Narrators voices for the characters are so much alike that often it's hard to follow which character is talking. His slight accent is also a little difficult to understand occasionally for certain words. This led to a not so enjoyable experience with having to backtrack the audiobook more than 10 times in the first chapter alone.