I am pleased to report that it is possible to listen to the audio version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with a mouth full of surgical steel and nitrile clad fingers.
I'm listening to the 16 hr, 19 min. unabridged version read by Simon Vance. Vance is a British actor and an excellent narrator. The Swedes in the story have British accents which he varies according to the education of the character, if they are working class, etc.
I'm only 1:11 into the story but already finding it interesting and engaging.
I won't be finishing it anytime soon since I plan to save it for a flight to Hawaii at Thanksgiving.