Monday, January 10, 2011
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Publisher: Random House Audio
Pages: Audio 13 disks/16hr 21 min.
Challenges: Off the Shelf (I do own the book and did read the last 40-50 pages), New Author, Mystery and Suspense, Audio Book Challenge, 1st in a series
My rating: 4/5
I'm not going to give you a description of this book because I'm going to assume you have all heard of it, regardless of if you have read it or not.
I actually went into the book not even knowing what it was about. I know I read several reviews when the book first became a hit, but it's been awhile and I had since forgotten what the book was about. All reviews I've read/skimmed in the last several months were just to get an idea of what the reviewer thought of the book, I didn't read anything that told me what it was about. I think this helped me, in a way. I liked going in to the book blind and being surprised at what happened and what was going on.
At first my impression was that the book was just ok, I wasn't too into it. I didn't see what all the hype was about. However, the further along I got, the more I enjoyed it. I'm actually surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did (I tend to be disappointed by a lot of highly recommended books).
Lisbeth Salander definitely made this book for me. I just loved her character. If it hadn't been for this kick-ass woman, I doubt I would have liked the story as much as I did. That's not to say the mystery of Henrietta wasn't intriguing, because it was. It's just that Salander stole the show.
I do plan to listen to the rest of the series, I'm going to work on finishing it this year since I only have 2 more and then I won't feel bad about starting yet another series/trilogy and having it go unfinished. I have heard from several that other books in the trilogy ended up being their favorites, not this one, so I'm very interested to see how I like them.
If you recall, I posted Husband's short but sweet reviews of a couple of books, this being one of them. He had said this one was for people 80 years old. He has also told me several times that I would enjoy it. I guess he was right about one thing, I did enjoy it, although I'm not 80. I told him I finished this book yesterday and he asked if I liked it. I told him I did. He said he knew I would and then said "Don't you agree it's for old people though?" I asked him to expand on that and he said it's because "it's set on an island and it's a classic who-did-it." So there you have it, I guess all of us who enjoyed this one are old (according to Husband).
The audio version:
The audio version was read by Martin Wenner and I think he did a fantastic job. I didn't have any problems distinguishing between the characters and I never once got annoyed by the narrator. I'm hoping he is the narrator for the other two in the trilogy. While I sometimes did get confused by who people were (this was mostly in the beginning) I think that was just due to the names being so different to me. Yet, I'm glad I listened to it because otherwise I probably wouldn't have known how to pronounce the names just by looking at them.