I have listened to all 3 books in a row while travelling trough the north of Belgium. It was a fantastic experience. The story is intelligent, exciting and totally addictive.
A must listen...
I'm so sad that Stieg Larsson is no longer with us to carry on with this story. Lisbeth is an absolutely enthralling character. I was happy for her vindication in this final book. It was so well written, and so completely summed up, there really is no need for further books other than for curiosity's sake. It's not often that you can finish a book series with the feeling that every score had been settled as you do with this book. There is rumor of a 4th book, incomplete on his laptop, and I hope it stays that way. It ended splendidly, and we should let them all rest in peace.
The last Salander audiobook. Whew!! It's like being run hard and put away wet. Where does one go from here? Nothing can ever top that. Come back Stieg Larsson, come back. And thank you dear Simon Vance, there is none better.
I didn't like this one as much as I liked the first two books. I thought this book was boring at times. It did wrap up a few things though by going back and giving more detailed history on some of the characters, but all in all, it bored me.
My favorite book is the original - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - for the simple reason that it has the most Salander in it and we get to see Salander and Mikael working as a team. But, I love the other two books as well, the third one a bit more than the 2nd.
The narration by Simon Vance for all three books is excellent and enhanced these already entertaining stories.
I'm sad it's over and I hope the rumors of an undiscovered 4th book turn out to be true.
I've seen the first two of the Swedish Film versions of the Millenium books and they are quite good. The Actress they get to play Salander is incredible. I understand they're making the US version of the films soon starring Daniel Craig, since they cannot improve on the acting of this Swedish actress I would recommend they just hire her to reprise the role a la Penelope Cruz for Abre Los Ojos and Vanilla Sky. Looking forward to the Swedish film version of this book in the Winter.
All said and done it is so difficult to describe what's so good about these books. I've sensed a bit of a backlash since they've skyrocketed in popularity in the US. But for me, especially in the first book, the character of Lisbeth takes you so by surprise, and her fragile relationships are so touching, that you cannot resist the appeal. Solid enough writing, an exotic setting in a familiar but very different culture and a story line just good enough to keep all of it together - somehow these parts all add up to equal something much greater than a more factual description could convey.
If you read or listened to the first two novels of the series this one will not dissapoint, but beware, you will not be able to stop listening. The plot is complex, interesting and infallibly logical. My only problem now is that Mr. Larsson died in 1994 of a massive heart attack and so the next book is not forthcoming. arrrrg!!!! You will not want it to stop....
I have "read" both previous books and enjoyed them very much. This book was a bit more wordy -my husband always tells me "get to the point!!" when I tell him something - I found myself occasionally talking to this recording and telling it to "get to the point" - lots of background information - I found my mind wandering... But the story is great and Mr. Larsson tied it all together at the end, which I liked.
I can't imagine reading/listening to these books out of sequence--minute details that allude to prior events in a previous book take place through out the series and would be lost to a reader not reading the books in order. If you read the last book first, I believe a lot of the relationships would have less meaning. I loved the series and am sad that it is over--unlike other reviewers, I felt that the end of the 3rd book was an opening to the next adventure/mystery that these two friends would experience together.
After investing nearly 50 hours in all three books, it was kind of sad to have it come to an end. In spite of the fact that the conclusion was somewhat predictable, I really enjoyed the 3rd and final installment of the Lizbeth Salander saga. The only thing I'd do different is be sure to listen to the 3 books in order as I was not aware of the triligy when I listened to "The Girl who Played With Fire" first and then went back and picked up "Dragon tattoo".
Great time listening for all 3 books...