This is the third and final book in the Millenium series. I highly recommend this book but it is necessary, I feel, to read the first two books so that the subtle nuances of this book are fully appreciated. For readers looking for a strong female protagonist, this book does not disappoint. I don't think that I would say that this is my favorite of the three novels, the others were able to stand alone as novels with compelling action, but as a whole the entire series was a great listen. I am looking forward to the movies and hope that they will do the novels justice.
I loved the first one, liked the second one and this one just didn't do it for me. The relationships that were developed in the first installment made the book so wonderful and from then on it just got more political and dense. Stieg Larsson was a gifted writer but this one just left me cold. Sorry to rain on the parade of good reviews.
This is one of the most disturbing, yet enthralling series I have ever read. Salinder was subjected to the extremes of injustice and I was satisfied to read that she was totally vindicated. My only, probably unrealistic, hope is that something like this never happened in real life. I was appalled, disturbed and emotionally affected by the series. Kudos, Steig Larsson! I will most certainly listen to the series again.
everyone says that this is slow to get into, Not for me!!! I read the book at Christmas---thanks to a friend from Glasgow---and I was ready for the US version on audible!!!!
The last book in this trilogy was not quite a good as the first two books. The book opens with Salander in the hospital and the reader is immediately immersed in where the second book ends. However, we leave her and immediately go into the rest of the novel which is a spy story, back story, and fill-in where Larsson adds more and more characters. While the focus of all this intrigue is Salander, she is not the active character she was in the first two novels, which is a tremendous disappointment. She is more or less a "cameo." Blumquist and Berger are more active. A stalker subplot is thrown in which is merely a vehicle to keep Berger's character strung through the novel but really is not part of the main story at all. The book picks up again very much toward the end when once again Salander becomes an active participant in the novel. But even in that, her character is somewhat watered down. She does exhibit some personal growth in the final chapters, but does not display her own moral compass which is, more or less, some of what makes her character different from other characters in other books. I think that some of this is due to Larsson not being able to finish the book himself. While it is a good read, the spy story is fairly predictable. Nevertheless, we do get an ending. Vance does a credible job reading. Normally the second book in a trilogy is the weakest book. But in this one, it's the final book that is the lesser read.