Used to exclusively read classic literature, but now, w/MS, I listen to gritty, gripping stories to get me through painful, sleepless nights
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.
Just not my thing, find these sort of books very monotonous. Full of too many details and too many characters and the author had bristish (?) type accent, which I found a little annoying trying to listen to this very detailed and boring book. Every time I thought I had a handle on plot, another character was being thrown in.......Just really do not enjoy this type of book.........detective/murder/mystery/....blah
Having Salander stuck in the hospital for a majority of the story was a real drag for me. The first two stories were full of new people, new twists, new places, etc. I found the third was slower and seemed to be just a wrap up of the second. Good, and maybe even necessary, but I don't want a book/story that is needed like an I needs a dot. I want to want to read the story, and not feel like I'm just reading to wrap up loose ends.
This is a fast read, if you don't like violence, bad language and graphic sex, DO NOT READ! I did not enjoy that aspect of the book.
So this is my second Larsson 'girl' book. I wanted to try another since I had mixed emotions about the first. Once again, it took forever to get into the plot, but I stuck with it. I was grateful to finally have some movement about half way through like the first. This wasn't as interesting as the first, but I think just having something happen made me happy and willing to listen to the rest to see what happened. There are probably hours that could be eliminated that have to do with unrelated background - don't get me wrong I WANT background, think its absolutely necessary - but droning on and on about things that ultimately have nothing to do with anything just makes it seem that these things were added to increase the length of the book. I won't be venturing on to a third. Darn I really, really wanted to like this.
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.