The Millenium Trilogy consists (obviously) of three books, published in the U.S. as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. By way of background, the stories were written in the first few years of the last decade by Stieg Larsson, a Swedish magazine editor who tragically never lived to see their publication and amazing success, passing away in 2004 at the age of 50. The books have already been made into movies in Sweden, and Hollywood is planning their own version, to be released in 2011..**.at present reputed to star Daniel Craig and Natalie Portman. On the progress of these 3 books, Larsson was the second-smash hit writer in the world in 2008.** **So the books have obviously been very well received…and in the event that you haven’t known about them as of now, plan to hear more about them in the future.**
The two main characters in the three stories are Lisbeth Salander, a girl in her mid-twenties who has suffered horrible abuse at the hands of her family and the government, and Mikael Blomkvist, a 40-something journalist. **The stories are loaded up with interest, sentiment, savagery, sex, activity, and sexism (the first book was distributed in Sweden under the title “Men Who Hate Women”) but with a decent portion of ongoing Swedish legislative history, including a look at the overextending force of unapproachable government.**. The first book revolves around the family of a powerful industrialist and his missing (and apparently dead or kidnapped) grand daughter. The second book follows an attempt to bust open a **the sex-dealing ring that vans little kids between the previous USSR and Sweden. Also, the third includes Salander being brought to the preliminary on charges of attempting to kill her dad.**
I have to say that this is one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve had in some time. **I move to Sweden and ended up looking into areas on Google Maps as I came. In many ways, Larsson caused Sweden to feel similar to America, and the characters were completely adapted.** Salander has many off putting characteristics on the surface (as well as an impressive intellect and significant skills in both research and deductive powers), but you definitely feel for her and what she’s been through. **What’s more, Blomkvist, while an incredible women’s man, has an undeterred feeling of devotion and integrity…so he doesn’t put on a show of being a shallow washout, as he could have.** The violence and sexual themes can be pretty harsh, so this is definitely only appropriate for an adult audience (and not even for some adults, I’m sure). But it’s quite a ride…**particularly from a first-time novelist…long-short of breath and slow at times…but nonetheless charming and satisfying.**
The narrator was a very pleasant discovery. **I haven’t heard of Simon Vance’s work previously. He’s a Brit who has moved to America, and he was basically magnificent, both at the straight reading and at the voice portrayals.** I did have to laugh at a couple of the voices, because they felt like a bit of a bad Dracula impersonation…but everything is based on something, and I’m sure these were based on a legitimate dialect. It’s just that Dracula was my only reference point…**so I laughed without holding back a couple of times. Until you’ve tuned in, it’s hard to see the value in Vance’s truly difficult work here**. Swedish names, street names and city names are very challenging…and they just roll off Vance’s tongue…so what could have become a very difficult listen was made quite easy…even in a story with lots of characters and complicated plot lines.
By and large, these three stories all out almost 50 hours of tuning in. Two approval from me for a very much expressed, joyfully ride. In the event that you decide to soak them up, I truly want to believe that you appreciate them also!
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