The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.--From publisher description.
Publisher: [Westminster, Md.] : Books on Tape, 2008
ISBN: 9781415957806
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE

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IndyPL_JillL Dec 06, 2018

I read this years ago, but decided to give it a listen this time since I want to finish the series. Great narrator! Hits the accents without being muddled. He also doesn't over feminize the female characters.

Oct 07, 2015

I love this trilogy! I love the contrasting settings in this first book between busy, close urban world and cold, snow packed, remote Swedish village. I avoided book for a long time because all I ever heard anyone talk about were dark, violent scenes from the movie. I've never seen the movies. Then on a whim I downloaded the audio book and was hooked. Narrator Simon Vance strikes perfect tone - cool, in control, matter of fact, present. Larsson does a great job telling complex story and creating edgy, flawed characters that combat injustice with intellect, creativity and moral flexibility; fight isolation with sexual promiscuity; experience true human connection by disregarding social norms; and succeed through dogged, persistent effort. You become emotionally connected to these characters. Be prepared - no tidy, happy ending. Then it's time to start book 2 "The Girl who Played with Fire"

Jul 16, 2012

Firstly, I just want to say that after watching the Swedish trilogy on DVD (English subtitled), I was able to appreciate the book much more. Granted, the first chapter was a bit stale for me and that it still took time to learn the names and orient myself, it did not take long to get fully immersed. I find that listening to a complex novel such as this is easier than reading it as reading for me generally puts me to sleep rather quickly, and I lose interest. The reader, Simon Vance does a good job at his male voices, particularly the older ones like that old Vanger dude. On that note, I really wished that they had some voice actors for this one since it can be somewhat tricky differentiating the characters (I have not read the novel, only listened), and Simon can't do female voices. Furthermore, I am not that familiar with spoken-word books such as these so the whole abridged and unabridged thing is alien to me. Overall, I would say that despite these shortcomings, I was enthralled and found the story to be intelligently written from a brilliant "late" author who I am sad not to see any more work from. RIP Stieg Larsson.

Nov 11, 2011

Great to listen to on CD. Glad I heard it and loved every bit of it. Lots of turns and very well written. Glad I listened to the whole series. Not as good as movies.

AnneDromeda Nov 07, 2010

I'm sure by now this novel needs no introduction. However, If you *haven't* read it or seen the movie yet, this tale of intrigue winds together the lives of an investigative journalist and a tough, troubled young private investigator as they attempt to unravel the snarled lives of one of Sweden's foremost industrial families.

This is one sexy, blisteringly paced novel, and I wouldn't have even picked it up were it not for an interview I heard on CBC Radio One's _The Current_. The late Steig Larsson's longtime partner (who, in twists worthy of the series, is being cut out of all proceeds from this trilogy by Larsson's family) explained the novel was meant to have been entitled _Men Who Hate Women_, and I found knowing that really coloured my understanding of the story. Despite not being a fan of crime fiction or mystery, I loved this story, and especially Lisbeth Salander.

Incidentally, that interview is available at

In fact, I was so disinterested in the novel that I got it on audiobook, figuring that if I hated it I'd just pay less attention or turn it off. The audiobook version is, on the whole, worth picking up. I found the narrator affected a strange, lilting and soft voice when voicing female characters. That threw me a little, because there isn't a flat or weak female character to be found in the book. The narrator's voice work with the overall narration and male characters, though, is fantastic. After a while I managed to ignore the way he voiced the women, and I quite enjoyed this audiobook during commutes.


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Sep 26, 2011

Book 1 in a series of 3
Set in Stockholm, Mikael Blomkvist is being convicted of libel issues and sentenced to some fines and 3 months in jail. He resigns his post as publisher of “millennium” magazine and is soon contacted by Hanrik Vanger , a has been industry big shot with a mysterious request. He wants Mikael to write his autobiography all the while using the information he uncovers to solve his grandniece, Harriet’s 40 year old murder.
Salander, a punk rocker with attitude, works for Milton securities. Her idiosyncrancies are accepted solely because of her exceptional competence and emotional detachment to her work. Her character is mysterious and she inevitably gets caught up in Blomkvist’s case, as her interest is piqued as to why someone of such dedication to his work would sloppily write untruths about a financial mogul.
As Harriet’s murder soon becomes the focal point of the story, both Blomkvist and Salander are thrown together in what becomes the hunt for a seriously demented killer.
The story is set a very comfortable pace, with interesting characters. The narrator has a strong, calm voice that makes listening to these 13 CD’s very enjoyable.


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