Excellent book and brought to life by an enjoyable narrator. If you liked reading it you will enjoy this!
"The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest"
I think this is the best trilogy I have ever read, it took me ages to be persuaded to download the first one as I tend to be wary of a lot of hype, but I have to say it had me hooked and the second and third sequals did not disappoint me, I couldn't wait to listen and enjoyed every single minute of each one, I highly recommend this series to anyone as I cannot imagine there would be anyone who wouldn't like them.
This is a review for all the books in The MIllenium Triology. I have read the books and watched the Swedish films (with subtitles) and just listened to the audible versions. I found the books and audible versions impossible to put down or turn off. Several times I had to rewind having fallen asleep listening to them. Saul Reichlin is absolutely brilliant as the narrator, I am currently listening to other authors narrated by him. I found myself sitting in the car in the drive listening to the end of a chapter!!
The Girl with Dragon Tattoo could be read on its own without reading the following two books, however the following novels do need reading in order, The Girl who Played with Fire and The Girl who kicked the Hornets Nest and could be probably regarded as the two parts of one book.
Would I recommend them definitely, and if you find them a bit hard going at first, stick with it.
"An outstanding novel"
I found this to be just as good as the other two in the trilogy. The narrator is excellent and I found myself inventing reasons to get out of the house so I could carry on listening to all three of these novels. Have recommended them to everyone I can think of. The characters are believable, inspired and addictive. The plots are complex and very well thought out, coming together very well but certainly not predictably.
"Nerd meets thriller"
One of things that I like about this series is the rather nerdy way that the author goes into great detail about things that seem incidental such as the capacity of PCs and lap-tops, the serial numbers of bits of kit like phones and the legal framework of parts of the Swedish constitution. Once this has happened a few times, it seems normal. It's not of course but it's part of the charm.
I have loved the whole series, especially books 1 and 3 and I'm sad to have finished them all. This series is not even within hailing distance of my normal comfort zone and I'm so glad I downloaded them and gave them a chance. There are such variations in the story, with rapid pace in parts, then long episodes of slow action. But it's never dull.
"This book is a must listen"
I feel there is little point in writing the review to this because if you have come this far into the series then whether you listen to this one is non negotiable. The events of the previous book are non negotiable, it has to be listened to. Do of course make sure you listen to the two previous books. Even if you do not listen to the girl with the dragon tattoo you have to listen to the girl that played with fire. That is the book that really sets the scene for this one. If you are anything like me you will be wondering at the end if their are any more Stieg Larsson books to go through. I might have to try and raise him from the dead so that I can hear more. Having said that though I do think that he concludes the trilogy very well and it does not feel as though there is anything missing.
After listening to the first two books of the Trilogy series I couldn't wait to listen to this one to see how it all ended. The first two were brilliant - I did not want to stop listening to either of them. Saul Reichlin is a great narrator and really drew me into all three of the books. The only thing that let this one down was the ending - not quite as explosive or wow as I had been expecting. If you have listened/read the first two, this book is a must read/listen.
"Not for everyone"
Only four stars for what I consider to be the greatest introduction to modern crime construction, Swedish literature and to audible books in general. My rational being that this is relentingly dark storytelling and thus not for the faint hearted. The characters are drawn with a realism bordering on genius. With the proviso that there are some genuinely shocking moments, this is an audible book to savour, to return to and to lead you to further pleasures. It is a work of outstanding brilliance.
"Least fav of the trilogy, still a good listen!"
This was my least favourite of the trilogy and did not draw me in as much as the others. It was still enjoyable and I would recommend it, if you have read the others. If you haven't enough is repeated to ensure you follow the story.
Really good book. I have throughly enjoyed listening to it. Tried to read the paperback version but could not get in to it. Listening to the story brings it alive.