Mini-review: The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

Title: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Vintage
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Simon Vance
First line: It happened every year, was almost a ritual.

Title: The Girl Who Played With Fire
Author: Stieg Larsson
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Vintage
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Simon Vance
First line: She lay on her back fastened by leather straps to a narrow bed with a steel frame.

Title: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Author: Stieg Larsson
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Vintage
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Simon Vance
First line: Dr. Jonasson was woken by a nurse five minutes before the helicopter was expected to land.

These books have been reviewed by a lot of bloggers – better reviews than I could ever hope to write. If you haven’t already read at least one review, I’d be very surprised. I resisted reading these for a while because all the reviews I read mentioned the brutal, disturbing violence against women. I wasn’t sure if I could handle it, but then Bryan at Unfinished Person read them – and liked them, even though he had also been concerned about the violence. Then Sandy at You’ve Gotta Read This said that the audiobook reader, Simon Vance, was brilliant (she knows my weakness for a British accent), and so I had to give them a try. I gave myself an out – if the violence got to be too much, I’d quit.

I think that being prepared for the violence made it easier to handle, although it is horrifying in sections. It’s not gratuitous or unnecessary, and it does move the plot, and therefore it didn’t bother me as much as it would have if it had been blatantly graphic simply for violence’s sake.

So, bottom line – these are fantastically written thrillers with complex, interesting characters. I have a tiny crush on Mikael Blomkvist – and a huge crush on Simon Vance’s voice. Read these books; unless you do audiobooks – then listen to them. You’re in for a treat.

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11 Responses to Mini-review: The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Hoo hoo! I would listen to Simon Vance read anything, but even without his velvety-smooth, sexy voice the story is so compelling. Especially Lisbeth. I can’t remember the last time a literary character enchanted me so.

    OK, so you want to know another narrator that will melt your heart? The guy that narrates Tana French’s Faithful Place. I am just warning you…

  2. JoAnn
    Twitter: lakesidemusing
    says:

    My concerns are pretty much the same as yours. I’ll add these to my audio list and see how it goes. It may be awhile though – Bleak House is my current listen and it’s looooong.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      JoAnn – The books in this trilogy got progressively longer, too – 16 discs for the third one.

  3. You know, I can read violence that I could never listen to or watch. I’m really anxious to read these books, so I’m glad to see you enjoyed them.

  4. Kim
    Twitter: BookstoreK
    says:

    Interesting that you have a crush on Mikael, I found his treatment of women fairly deplorable, in another book he would be the cad, he just looks good in comparison. I loved the books but what gutted me wasn’t the violence (not condoning it, but we see it often), it was the soulessness of the “good characters” and society as a whole, that still bothers me.

    You may want to the skip the European films, even though you know the violence is coming, it’s tough.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kim – oh, he totally is deplorable to the women in his life – but I have a pathological history of falling for the bad boy – the one who will break my heart. (Except Kevin, of course, found a good one in him. :) ) I’m not sure if I’ll even try the American versions of the films, though I do think that Daniel Craig is a good choice for Mikael.

  5. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    Glad you did like them after all. I’m never sure what others might think, but like Kim, I’m surprised you liked Mikael too. Of course, though, I had a crush on Elisabeth, so maybe I understand a little. :)

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