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Publisher's Summary

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.

Contagiously exciting, it's about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.

Translated by Reg Keeland.

©2008 Stieg Larsson (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Willliam
  • West Haven, CT, United States
  • 08-02-10

Wishing I got the "unabridged" version

Martin Wenner did a marvelous job narrating. I believe equal or better than Simon Vance, (whom I heard on "Played with Fire". I also watched the movie and was sorry to see it rushed the ending. After listening to the "unabridged version" of "Played with Fire" I wished I purchased the "unabridged" version of "Dragon Tatto". I would agree with some of the comments that it starts off slow. As far as characters are concerned....there are far fewer in this book than the second book. I read them both in order and watched the movie in between the two.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Slow start, worth the wait

This is a mystery about twisted human beings, whose secrets are uncovered and avenged by other twisted human beings. However, you would never guess it was a mystery about people judging by the first 100 or so pages. A large chunk of the beginning of the book has to do with a financial scandal. Get past that and you'll meet some really interesting characters. While the ending ties back to the financial scandal, it's not enough of a connection to justify so much time and detail up front.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • carla
  • United States
  • 04-06-10

Was too short

This plot was so well devised that I wish i had bought the unabridged version. Many said the long version was slow in the beginning, but I really did not want the abridged version to end; 8 hours was not near enough!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

BUYER BEWARE

This is the ABRIDGED version. It's about HALF the length of the unabridged version. My wife recommended that I read the book, so I got it. The story is good, but it definitely felt rushed. It wasn't until I started the second book that I realized that it was different from the first.

The problem is that the book covers look identical, so it's VERY difficult to tell the difference. If you are looking for the Cliff's Notes version, this is it. If you want to get the real experience, DO NOT buy it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • mary
  • madison, mississippi, United States
  • 02-20-12

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Would you listen to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo again? Why?

I listened to it twice. So many details to the book - some missed the first listen. Excellently written book; ending not as predictably as so many are. Takes a while to really get

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

The plot did keep me interested. And there was a

What about Martin Wenner’s performance did you like?

I did like Wenner's performance. He read it it a way that sounded true to the fact of being written in Swedish and translated into spoken British-English, not spoken American-English. I actually read the book first myself. Was so hard to get into but loved it in the end. I listened to it because I wanted to hear it read with the right culture emphasis.

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

Wanted to listen all in one sitting but was not able to do so.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait to read/listen to next in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Stand out book!

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

I loved the suspenseful plot. The book was a quick read, and I'm excited to read all three!

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

Yes. I love how each character had a mysterious side that kept you wanting more. I was surprised by the the way things turned out. It was not an obvious plot line.

What does Martin Wenner bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

His accent made the book feel authentic.

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

yes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jenny
  • Midvale, UT, United States
  • 08-30-11

Great Story

I'm usually not into the dark mysteries, but this was a great story. I didn't feel like the sexual scenes were overboard, because I thought the story was more focused on the murder mystery. I will say you need to be in the mood for something "darker" to enjoy this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Entertaining

The story itself was entertaining, but I feel I have to mention something about the narrator. After having listened to The Girl Who Played with Fire and comparing that narrator with Martin Wenner, I really wish Martin had done the voices for the other Larson books as well. In the other audio, the narrator made the protagonist sound so sleepy and dull it was a bit frustrating to put up with. I'm also glad that Wenner didn't go over the top to try to sound like a woman for the female voices.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This is a terrific book. The characters are so full. The author is very detailed ,which really makes for a terrific read. Exciting plot and very good ending!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

Eh...

The writing is good. Descriptive and great character development.....but slow. I got half way through and lost interest.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful