The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo : Millennium Series

  • by Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Millennium Series
  • 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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What the Critics Say

"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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A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

This is a complex and beautifully narrated mystery that is unique in quality of story and characterization. This is the first book of the Millenium Trilogy by the late author Stieg Larsson. This novel has won a number of awards and the trilogy has been compared to War and Peace for its epic scope and depth of characterization. It is a bit hard to keep track of the Swedish characters, so here is a list of them which the listener might wish to print out for reference. This list is carefully constructed to avoid giving any elements of the mystery away.

Mikael Blomkvist, journalist, publisher of Millennium magazine, and amateur sleuth.

Lisbeth Salander, antisocial but highly talented computer hacker (the girl with the dragon tattoo),

Henrik Vanger, aged CEO of Vanger Corporation.

Hans-Erik Wennerstrom, corrupt Swedish industrialist and Blomkvist's nemesis.

Harriet Vanger, great-niece of Henrik.

Martin Vanger, brother of Harriet and President of the Vanger Corporation.

Nils Bjurman, the lawyer to whom Lisbeth's must report because she is an emancipated minor,

Cecilia Vanger, Harald's banished daughter.

There are many other characters of importance, but keeping track of these is critical to enjoying the book. And if one is not used to Swedish names, keeping track is not trivial. However, rest assured the exercise is worth it. This is a mystery of such high quality that the listener will quickly be pulled into the story and find it nearly impossible to stop listening. When it is over, you will go into a brief depression because the characters become part of you, and their interesting behavior is so well described that it becomes a persistent and compelling memory.
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- Robert

Another serial killer torturing women.

With all the graphic details of imprisonment, torture and slow murder over and over. I try hard to avoid these books, but the description of this book didn't hint at what the book was really about. So now you know, just in case your care.
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- Marie "I love mysteries in the style of P.D. James, Rex Stout, Elizabeth Peters, Dave Duncan, etc. I love sci fi written by Issac Asimov (the robot books), Douglas Adams, Jack McDevitt (Alex Benedict series) and Susan Collins. I love fantasy written by Terry Pratchett, and Kim Harrison. I love Kate Morton. I don't like graphic descriptions of violence."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-16-2008
  • Publisher: Books on Tape