I am so sad that we have seen the last of Mr. Larsson's work. May he rest in peace. Perhaps someone else can try to fill his shoes and bring our heroine back to life. She is way too young and amazing to have seen her last, right?
It took me a while to get into this book. I devoured the first 2 books in the series quickly but this one didn't initially capture me. I had to sit it down for a couple months until I was ready to try again. I was not a fan of the political commentary which seemed to drag on for too long. I just couldn't wait to get to the parts with Lisbeth. Great ending to the series. I wish there could have been a 4th book.
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Simon Vance has nailed it in this book - it was fun to listen to all three books over again and hear his characterization develop over time. Simon truly makes this book sing, I think it's a better audio book than paper book. Twenty-five stars! I'll listen to Simon read the phone book!
The only disappointing thing about this book is that its the last one. All three books have been great and kept my attention from start to finish.
Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!
No question that Stieg Larsonn was an extremely talented author. I enjoyed the first book in this series very much, the second not as much as the first, and this one is leaving me with mixed feelings. I did give it four stars because if you take out the tedious sections it was a wonderful listen. This book is very different from the first two in the series as Elizabeth Salander is hardly active in the story at all. Frankly, she is only referred to as a third person for the majority of the book, and it is only toward the end that she comes into the story as an active character.
The story starts where the second book leaves off. Salender is in the hospital in grave condition, along with her father who she had attempted to kill in book 2. Throughout the rest of the book, Blomqvist heads up a mission to clear Salender of all charges, and expose the corrupt authorities who literally took her life from her, to this point. Of course, Blomqvist is going to get a great story out of figuring out all of the details of Elizabeth's life and the atrocities that were committed to her. He and Millenium Magazine also make a book out of her story, so he is getting retribution for all he is doing for Salender. However, Blomqvist is always portrayed as doing the story for the ultimate goal of freeing Elizabeth from the hold that has been illegally placed upon her since she was 12 years old, and bringing to light her true, and tragic story in order to free her from the literal and physical prisons which have always held her. My only problem with this book is that many of the descriptions of the complexities of the subplot about her father's life as a spy get really, really boring on several occasions. Also, the narrator speaks with the dark tone appropriate for this story, but he ends almost every sentence with his voice trailing down. It gets old.
Bottom line: a must read if you have read the first two books, and I did enjoy it.
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson is a excellent close to the Lisbeth Salander trilogy. Even though she is physically limited in this installment her personality is pervasive throughout and the ultimate conclusion is satisfying indeed. Also, as long as I have been listening to audible books there has never been a narrator better than Simon Vance. His portrayal of these characters made the stories come alive. My most humble appreciation to both Stieg Larsson and Simon Vance.
A great read you can't put down. My only regret is the passing of Stieg Larsson and the end of this incredible trilogy and our infamous character, Lizbeth Salender.
First listen to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This book picks up where that one leaves off. Most of the same main characters with a intermixing of new characters. A bit of mundane politics thrown in to explain the weird and intriguing behaviors of numerous characters. Much of the book is exciting and intriguing though I enjoyed the rapid action of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo more.
I really enjoyed this series. The narration was fantastic, the plot was great, and the main characters were all well fleshed out. I would normally give a five star rating (which I gave the first book) considering how much I enjoyed this series. However, I nearly gave it three stars before finally settling on four. My issue is from the unnecessary detail and frequency of the sex scenes, both forced and consenting. I'm no prude, and I understand that to confront a problem, you must first face it, but after hours of listening through all three books, the graphic scenes lose their shock value and in a way become the very thing Larrson seems to be so strongly against, i.e. the denigration of women for entertainment. Despite this, the story was still well worth reading if you can stomach it.