Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
Unlike most other reviewers, I thought this final tale was somewhat less gripping than the first two books in the trilogy. Given Larsson's brilliant plotting and the masterful way in which he develops characters, perhaps this is a quibble, but I missed the suspense which was so palpable in "Played With Fire" and the sense of helpless but fascinated confusion which he created in "Dragon." The Salander of this book is so convincingly impregnable in her powers and masterful in her maneuvers, even confined to a hospital bed, that we are reduced to the still-delectable pleasure of standing back and watching her work her will. The rare reversals in her fortunes never shake our confidence for more than a few moments. As a result we find ourselves following the exploits of a super hero rather than a threatened protagonist with whose fate we identify.
That said, the cast of supporting characters (and Blomkwist is almost reduced to that role in this book) still live convincingly on the page, as human and complex as in the previous books. Bringing them coherently to our ear in all their variety had to be an immense challenge, but Simon Vance accomplishes the task in bravura fashion. His understated but absolutely clear approach is the perfect match for Larsson's matter of fact and highly detailed narrative. Together they construct a maze of impressions and characters and move us through it without ever boring or allowing us to lose the thread of the plot's development.
I put off downloading and listening to "Hornet's Nest" for as long as I could stand it, not wanting the story to end. Despite my minor reservations about the book in comparison with what came before, the trilogy still ranks as one of the very best listening experiences I have had with Audible. I'm really sad that it's over.
I loved the way Mr. Larsson pulled everything together. The first two books are very good but this one is by and far the best of the three. It really is EXCELLENT.
I love mysteries and thrillers the most, sometimes non-fiction business books. Mom, wife, yada, yada, yada...
Wow!! Just finished this last of the three Larsson books. It is so very unique and perfectly done in every way. The narration is as good as it gets. Make sure you listen to the three in order but do listen. They are exceptional and a great way to pass time.
A moving ending to a thrilling tale. It is tragic that Larsson died so young and will not be able to finish the other 6 novels he outlined.
The reading of all three audible books in the series was superb and enhanced the narrative.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
If you read first 2 books you don't need anyone to tell you
that this book will be amazing!!!!!
The mysteries about this books are even bigger than in the trilogy itself.
3 Written novels were found in personnel affects of the author after his death.
His friends and family never even suspected he was writing a novel, never-mind 3 of them
The mystery continues according to some rumors
there also were found 3 sketches
with concepts and ideas for books 4,5 and 6
So lets hope for the best.
First, I saw the foreign (Swedish) movie of book 1 and loved it. Now I've gone straight through all 3 books in this series and loved all of them. Very few books do I give 5 stars to. Yes, there is violence towards women, but the whole point of the series is the female anti-hero who is mentally strong, intellectually gifted, and never gives in. In the end, she gets the better of every man who has done her wrong by out thinking them and because they underestimate her. This third book in the series is really a continuation of the storyline in book 2 and every bit as good as the first two books. Not since I read straight through all 7 Harry Potter books have I loved a series of novels so much. Obviously, this is an adult series and at the opposite end of the spectrum from Potter, but fascinating all the same. Now I'm hoping the Hollywood film (starring Daniel Craig & Rooney Mara) follows more closely to the book(s) than the Swedish production company did with their 3 films. I'm heartbroken that the author died before he could finish the fourth book in this series. Reportedly, he had an outline for 10 books focusing on the female anti-hero. I hope that Eva Gabrielsson is eventually given the rights to finish the fourth book at least.
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This is a perfect finish to the Larson series, and I am so saddened that he passed away before finishing all that he had planned. I actually sat in the parking lot of my grocery store to finish a chapter that nearly had me biting my nails in anticipation. I will definetely listen to these again, and I have been recommending them to everyone I know.
I have read all three books in this series and throughly enjoyed each and everyone. Well worth the time to start at the beginning and listen to all three. Can't wait for another one.
I listened to the first book in this series, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and at the end thought, "That's it?? This can't be the end!" and then discovered it was a series. I've listened to all three books and thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. The author, reader and translator are all to be commended!