Fantastic sequel. What a joy to hear Simon Vance's voice again. He is such a remarkably talented narrator. This is one of the best book series I have ever "read". What a wonderful surprise. I could not wait to get to this book in the car, on my itouch and every spare minute. Terribly sad that such a talented author died primaturely.
After reading both Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Girl Who Played with Fire, I was pretty attached to Steig Larsson's characters, which is really what kept me going through this unecessarily long, and sometimes tedious book. I enjoyed it to a certain degree because of the way it continued the storyline, but if it hadn't been for the fantastic narration by Simon Vance, I probably would not have stuck it out.
Truly an excellent trilogy, and this third book is as good if not better than the first two. The characters are original but relatable, and the plot twists are gripping and inventive. I've also loved the Swedish setting--it's fresh for an American audience, yet familiar enough that it underscores how human experience (and shocking stories) are the same everywhere. And Simon Vance's narration is terrific.
This book was awesome, the best of the 3 done. One warning, read it on vacation because you really can't put it down!! Great job Mr. Larsson..
The Larsson books must be read or listened to in their proper order to fully appreciate both the tale and the writing. The journalist in the story seems to have much in common with Larsson's own life. I loved this series, and am waiting for the first movie to get here from Netflix; hope it's as good as all the books have been.
So many times sequels are disappointing; in this case the series seemed like one book divided into three parts. Interesting story line, solid writing, good character development, and a good narrator make this well worth the listen.
I Like scifi-fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Wot, Got, Pillars of Earth, Century trilogy. Last read: Maritan. luvd it
This series has been my favorite and the author never disappointed in the sequels. Whenever there is a good series, there needs to be deserving climax to it and 'hornet's nest' does the justice. Salander is only for a few sequences in this last installment but most of those have been action and drama packed. I was very sad when the book finally ended. Even the epilogue had so much action packed in it. The climax was absolutely high on adrenaline. I cannot recommend this series enough. Last but not the least, Simon Vance is definitely one of the best narrators. If you are having a hard time following the characters and their names, the narrator makes sure every character gets a different tone and sound making the reader follow the book's story smoothly.
It's so sad that Stieg Larsson won't be around to bring us more of Lisbeth and it's unfortunate that Stieg's common law wife of over 30 years doesn't have the rights for the 4th book and all of the others he had planned. I've enjoyed these novels so much. I will miss Blomkvist and Lisbeth very much. They had so much more life in them, as did this wonderful author. His 4th novel was more than halfway finished and it will be interesting to see if it will be written. If you get the chance, you must see the Swedish film, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". It stays quite true to the book and Lisbeth comes off true to her character. It's just as dark and moody as the book. Stieg Larsson, I'm sorry that you weren't around to see how happy you've made readers. R.I.P.
It was a good read but certainly not up to the standards of the first two books. Fairly predictable and a bit unbelievable. To be fair, it deserved 3.5 stars as it's a good book, just a bit disappointing after the first two (marvelous) books.
I have listened to all three - shame that there will not be more as originally proposed by the author. The narration is very good - I have read complaints about the narrator differentiating the many voices, but in defense they can't all have a Swedish accent so what else can a narrator do? I enjoyed the voices and could easily tell most of the characters apart. Like the other two, Larsson is very detail oriented and the book can get lost in those details, however I choose to see this as his style and echoes of the main character, Lisbeth. I only give 4 stars as I don't enjoy the graphic nature of the violence/sex, however without that, the main themes of the book would be left undeveloped.