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- Listening Length: 16 hours and 19 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Books on Tape
- Audible.com Release Date: September 16, 2008
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B001G8MA4O
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At times, the language of the English translation is a bit too goose-steppingly wooden, but one gets over that in short order.
Some readers objected to the author's including a few menus for snacks enjoyed by the protagonists. For my part, I found that of interest, and have adopted one of them for my own repertoire: marinated herring, sour cream or tadziki and chives, bread, beer. Quick and nutritious. Thanks, Stieg!
For truly boring, endless and perfectly irrelevant menu descriptions, one cannot beat the ones saddled upon the reader in the appalling books #4 & 5 of the medieval saga _Game_of_Thrones_ by George R. R. Martin. In comparison, Mr. Larsson is countless light years above that.
And then there's Salander, who is often held up as a "strong female character". Which she might be, arguably, but I am so very, very sick of proving a female character "strong" by subjecting her to beatings and rape. Can we please, please stop doing this? Please? Not saying that violence against women is verboten, or rape can never be a plot device, but the way it's done here is just so heavy-handed and crude it's beyond irritating.
---The main mystery is very, very intriguing and I liked reading about Harriet Vanger's disappearance. There are some interesting twists and turns in this storyline, and it fully kept my attention. My only quibble is that it really doesn't take up very much of the book at all.
---I really hated the portions of the novel (basically the entire beginning and ending) that involved Blomkvist and his magazine. Once the mystery is solved, there are about 100 pages devoted to Blomkvist trying to salvage his reputation and get back at his nemesis, Wennerström (who, strangely enough, we never actually meet in the book; he is only referred to by other people, lessening any impact he could have for the reader). I can't even begin to describe how boring this was for me to read. I found myself scanning page after page, desperately wishing this storyline would come to an end.
---There is a very unnecessary rape scene in the book, which I did not expect. I don't mind violence in my reading material, but I felt like this scene was immaterial to the story at hand. There are better ways of showing the vulnerability/revenge tendencies of a character, and the entire thing struck me as gratuitous. I found it painful to read.
If you took out the scenes of Blomkvist's business troubles, I think you have a really stellar mystery on your hands; unfortunately, the mystery is sandwiched in between a lot of instances I just couldn't bring myself to care about. Lisbeth Salandar is an interesting character, and I wished that the book focused more on her, as opposed to the exceptionally bland Blomkvist (why are women constantly falling for this beige, boring man?). Still, there is something very intriguing about this book, even though I can't quite put my finger on it, and I just may read the next entry in the trilogy.
Note: I bought the Kindle edition and was pleased to see that it was well-formatted and did not contain any major errors.
You have heard of this book from watching one or both of the movies that have sprung from it, but do yourself a favor: take the time to read through this one. It is a fantastic story involving a complex mystery and engaging real-world characters. The overarching theme though is the spotlight that the author, Stieg Larsson, places on Swedish culture's egregious acceptance of violence against women. Lisbeth Salander is the tattooed girl referred to in the book's title. She is an orphan, a ward of the state, a hacker with a photographic memory who works for a private investigation firm, and a young woman who refuses to be a victim. She is an amazing character, a real woman with strengths and flaws but who can be held up to us all as an example to admire and to aspire to in regard to her drive, intelligence, and agency. It is written well, despite being translated into English from Swedish, and because the hacking described within is not exaggerated and could actually work, it is worthy of consideration for the cyber security canon. You should have read this by now.
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