"Slow burner , but great"
I really enjoyed the first two books and found this one just as compelling. It is a slow burner initially as there are a lot of complicated threads to the story and the Swedish names are unfamiliar at first. But be patient as the characters are interesting and the story becomes totally compulsive listening. I had read rather than listened to the first two books , but I did enjoy the narration in this one. You should read(or listen to)his first two books to get the most out of this one , if you enjoy them you should love this.
"Good enough for anyone"
I own up - I tend to be snotty about this 'type' of book. I prefer subtler, more crafted stories which have more of what is often called 'literary merit'. But these books are superbly read and create a world which is real enough to make you forget how outlandish much of the plotting is. The key is in the main characters and their inter-relationships, which are intricate and interesting. The female lead is a fantastic creation in every sense. The layered plots work well together, and the author knows how to build tension. You do end up identifying partially with a number of different characters, and 'caring' what happens to them. Like other readers, the mundanities of every day receded for the (few) days that I immersed myself in this trilogy of books. And they do have that essential 'suspense and excitement' factor which is really well sustained. There's a bit with a nail gun .........
Having thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series, I thought the first 9/10ths of this book was the best of the lot - the usual slow beginning and the pace gradulally increasing as you get sucked into the story. But ... the book falls a little flat after the trial and reverts to the slow start of the book. It was almost as if it was the start of the mystery 4th book.
On the whole, though, an excellent series
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest"
Last of the trilogy , and like the first two , expertly read and constructed , keeping the listener thoroughly entertained and enthralled as to what might happen next.
The formation of Lisbeth's character is revealed in detail in this final episode .
"Brilliant Story in three books"
A compelling story, Miss Salander kept me up all night.I just could not (Electronicaly) put it down.
I am waiting for the next book from Stieg Larsson. Surely he has "The Knack" to keep at the top of Crime Fiction Writers for years to come.
How wonderful to find an author who is so stimulating - and with a further two books to go - absolutely brilliant.
"My least favourite download of 2009"
Have I been listening to a different audio-book to everyone else? Stilted conversations. Characters who only ever discuss the plot, a cast list that only makes sense with a wiring diagramme, and a complete lack of pace, atmosphere and tension.
I've listened to about 20 hours of this, but concluded that life is just too short. For the first time ever, I'm giving up on an audiobook and starting something else.
"brilliant, book and reading"
I loved all three books, but get them in order, don't try this one first. Read the professional reviews to get an idea of the plots, but I was totally suprised and delighted by the depth, humour and intelligence of these novels.
Just a small point: A previous reviewer said there are raunchy bedroom scenes, but I have to disagree; 'raunchy' is not the word I would use; 'matter of fact' might be better. There are no detailed desciptions of 'the act' itself, but there are numerous references to it... it's hard to desribe, but nothing is gratuitous. IMHO! Not childrens's listening however, since there is plenty of violence and lots of very grim listening, most of which makes the plot more believable.
"Hornet's Nest review"
First class - a great follow on from Dragon Tattoo and Fire. Such a pity there will never be any more from this very talented author.
I had listened to and read the previous 2 books, which is essential before listening to this book. The narrator is wonderful, the book is wonderfully complicated and superbly written. Though the book is based in Sweeden and I have no knowledge of most of the places, it didnt matter the writing is so strong that it holds it own. The characters all have personal issues and are not perfect. I highly recommend this trilogy to anybody.