With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Salander is now ready to fight back.
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"The most original heroine to emerge in crime fiction for many years." (Independent)
This book suffers from a lack of a strong editing - it drifts on and on and on, getting bogged down in irrelevant detail of little interest to any reader who wants to know 'what happens next?'
Not nearly in the same league as the previous books in the series.
A compulsive read. Read in order. A great Trilogy. Pity he is no longer here to write more great books. Love this narrator, obviously Swedish, giving this greater authenticity.
It kept me engaged.
They were all very credible. I like all of his characters whether male or female.A great work of narration.
One of the greatest writers of this genre
Enjoyed the final installment with character stories and conclusions cleverly developed and executed. The story length looks worse than it is, and will fly by in no time.
The great reader, who is able to pull you into this engaging story
Lisbeth Salander because she is such a strong female lead
His authentic Swedish accent
I actually read the first two books and finished with the Audio book for this finale. I would like to have listened to books one or two so I could get the pronunciation correct of some of the Swedish landmarks. I found the narration to be up there with the best I've heard. In my oppinion Saul Reichlin is really good. I can recommend this book as Stieg wrote a great series.
I really enjoyed this series. It is great to read an action/thriller with such a strong female lead. I loved the fact that she was so unconventional and unlikeable at times. The series was strong from the first book and remained that way right to the end. Great read!
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Book one was great. Book two, I found long and tedious. So when I bought book 3 (a necessity if you've read the first 2)... I was worried. I thought it might continue to be boring and tedious. Especially since she'd been arrested. But no. This is great. I was so caught up in the book, (which I listen to when I walk my dogs)...my dogs were getting extra walks, because I was so excited to find out what was happening next. Sometimes, with the language difference, I got a little confused on characters. But not enough to worry about.
As for the narrator... he was wonderful. With his accent, I felt as if I was surrounded by the story being read to me.
I highly recommend this book, and in fact... this series.
"3 out of 3"
Listen to them in order as the trilogy is really one very long story, but they are just genius and so rare these days in their originality.
Loved it and them.
"More of the same??"
Having listened to the previous 2 books in the series I was expecting more of the same excellent work and, for the most part, I have not been disappointed. The vast majority of the book is well-written and keeps the listener in suspense. However, there is more of the same descriptions of 'Super Salander' as I have named this slightly unbelievable anti-heroine and there is quite a lot of repetition of content from the last book, which, granted is useful for new listeners but can be quite boring to listen to again.
"Great story, brilliantly narrated"
Have listened to all three of the books in this trilogy, all very well narrated. I find that listening at x1.25 speed is more satisfying as the text is rather laboured at x1 speed. I don't know why Audible slow down the original narration as x1.25 sounds more natural.
Definitely. The writing is nothing short of brilliant, as is the narration. The entire trilogy is spectacular. Dark, thrilling and gripping - such a joy to listen to.
It has to be Lisbeth. She is a wonderful creation. Utterly unique, she is vulnerable and strong at the same time.
Not a particular scene, but a group of scenes which shed light on how Lisbeth has spent her time away from Sweden is very illuminating. She is one of the most intelligent characters I have ever found in any genre, which makes her fascinating.
Not really a specific moment, but the gradual growth and development of Lisbeth as a person is brilliantly written.
A special mention must go to Saul Reichlin for the tremendous narration which is superb across all three books. He has to wrestle with such a variety of characters, ages, voices and accents, as well as the place names. There is not a single false note throughout.
""Phew"" glad thats finished........"
Not the best of the three books - but it has kept me gripped with suspense from start to finish. Absolutely brilliant writing, one of the most unusual crime stories I have read and a total tragedy that we will never get to hear/read any more stories from the author. It is well read, well written, a great story of gut churning suspense, horrific in places and a great end to the trilogy. If you want an unbelievably good crime thriller, featuring brutality, sex crime, cyber crime, psychological torment and a demented heroine - tune in to this from the beginning and enjoy.
"Sorry - found this boring"
I didn't enjoy this and wouldn't try another.
He was good at doing different voices, but none in particular
Listened for seven hours, but I am surprised to find I can't be bothered to listen to any more.
Just completed the final chapter of this brilliant trilogy.
Totally absorbing from beginning to end.
"Great story, not so great narration"
After listening to the previous two books in the Millenium trilogy in quick succession I was eager to get this one. But I had nearly a month to go until my next credit. So ... I dropped hints that it would be the perfect Christmas present. Success! Unfortunately, my friend chose this unabridged version, and I had previously listened to the other versions with a different narrator. What a difference! My enjoyment of this instalment was marred by the stilted narration that didn't suit the style of Larsson's storytelling. The worst thing for me, was the breathy, hesitant, slightly suggestive voice that the narrator adopted for the female characters - including the indomitable Salander. Considering Larsson's female characters are all strong, independent women, the submissive tone of voice jarred badly. The male characters didn't do much better, with a selection of stuffy, old-style voices better suited to Dickens. In dialogue exchanges it was often difficult to distinguish between characters. That said, I'm glad I stuck with it because this book fills out the mystery of Salander and caps off the trilogy. If you enjoyed the other two books in the series then you really must listen to this one, but I'd suggest listening to other narrator's sample before making a choice because this is a very, very long book with lots of detail, many new characters, and a pace that switches back and forth from break-neck speed to ponderous as the plot unravels. Sadly, I don't think this narrator with his plodding style and limited range of voices did the book justice.
"Somewhat predictable but still a great story"
As is expected when reading the final book in a trilogy, The Girl who Kicked the Hornets nest' was quite predictable and largely 'tied up loose ends' for much of the latter half of the book.
Having said that, it was still an exciting read with a good storyline.
"Too much context, not enough action, not enough Lisbeth"
I can admire the level of detail but it's to a fault. So much context it got boring. Barely any Lisbeth to be honest. The characters are well defined and the newly introduced ones are good introductions. It was a very different book to the first two. It lacked real action, only a few small scenes of it and only one very very predictable scene involving Lisbeth. I flew through the other books and this one I couldn't wait to finish it as If felt like a epilogue for the most part. Narrator, good as always. Considering he must be old, he does well covering the females too.
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