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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Audiobook

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

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Publisher's Summary

Lisbeth Salander lies in Intensive Care with a bullet lodged in her head. She will face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her release.

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.

©2007 Norstedts Agency; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The most original heroine to emerge in crime fiction for many years." (Independent)

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    Samantha Yarramalong, NSW, Australia 03-18-10
    Samantha Yarramalong, NSW, Australia 03-18-10
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    "great book / series"

    The best I've listened to in a long time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W 12-11-09
    W 12-11-09
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    "PAINFULL"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel Kaufmann 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic conclusion to the trilogy"

    The is a masterfully written book to complete the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. I've listened to it many times now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mira 02-08-16
    Mira 02-08-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Compelling, stories all beautifully rounded out"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Canada 05-19-14
    Dan Canada 05-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Best Series I've Read In A Long Time!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest the most enjoyable?

    The great reader, who is able to pull you into this engaging story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lisbeth Salander because she is such a strong female lead


    What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

    His authentic Swedish accent


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert CHINCHILLA, Australia 03-20-13
    Robert CHINCHILLA, Australia 03-20-13
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    "Quality All Round"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 02-05-13
    Wendy 02-05-13
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    "spell-binding!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Well narrated and intriguing story.All three books in the series are addictive once you start them.Fascinating IT action by Salandar!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 12-16-12
    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 12-16-12
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Guelph, ON, Canada 10-29-12
    Sandra Guelph, ON, Canada 10-29-12 Member Since 2016

    I'm a wife, mother, and writer of fiction and non fiction. I scrapbook and create with mixed media for fun.

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    "Hit out of the park"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    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.

    Enjoy!


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    Julius Butcher 10-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "The girl with the dragon tattoo strikes back"

    The girl with the dragon tattoo strikes back - with a little help of her friends. This book is the third in the series, and I enjoyed all of them. I'm really sorry that there will be no more books in the Millennium series.

    For many people the plot flows slowly. I like fast paced stories myself, but Larsson draws so rich picture of events that I didn't mind the very detailed scenes. Sometimes I was wandering if some particular chain of events was necessary, for example the subplot about the harassment of Erika Berger could be left out. However it added to the whole picture, and I was satisfied that the bad guy got caught.

    The characters are very well done. You not often see an anti-social, introvert person as protagonist, but I have ot admit, it worked just fine. Lisbeth Salander is small, but very capable. Her look doesn't say anything about her hacker skills and problem solving abilities. By the way, I was thinking about who is the real protagonist in the Millennium trilogy, and I would say there are two: Salander and Blomkvist. So actually, besides the strange protagonist we also have a hero, who fights for the truth.

    In spite of the relatively slow flow, there is a lot of action. The story is compelling, the stakes are high, even the constitutional rights are threatened. There are some really bad guys on the loose within the secret service, who do anything it takes to keep their secret undiscovered: they break into apartments, bug telephones, deceive prosecutors, and they are not afraid of killing people.

    Fortunately the good guys outsmart them, and the end gives the satisfaction that the truth wins over the lies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Niall
    Longniddry, East Lothian, United Kingdom
    6/25/10
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    YOULGRAVE, United Kingdom
    11/3/09
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    "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.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Chris I
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    9/28/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • little bobs mum and dad
    7/26/14
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    "Superb"
    Would you listen to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Lisbeth. She is a wonderful creation. Utterly unique, she is vulnerable and strong at the same time.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really a specific moment, but the gradual growth and development of Lisbeth as a person is brilliantly written.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    7/23/13
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    ""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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SL Bradbury
    East Sussex, England
    7/1/13
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    "Sorry - found this boring"
    Would you try another book written by Stieg Larsson or narrated by Saul Reichlin?

    I didn't enjoy this and wouldn't try another.


    What was most disappointing about Stieg Larsson’s story?

    Slow moving


    Which character – as performed by Saul Reichlin – was your favourite?

    He was good at doing different voices, but none in particular


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    Listened for seven hours, but I am surprised to find I can't be bothered to listen to any more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom
    4/23/10
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    "Brilliant Trilogy"

    Just completed the final chapter of this brilliant trilogy.
    Totally absorbing from beginning to end.
    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    Hove, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    1/6/11
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    "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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • David M
    UK
    9/25/16
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    "Excellent"

    Very much the third book in the trilogy. Don't read this before the "Played with Fire" book anyway, it is part 2 of the same story. Although a long book this was engaging all the way through. Every chapter moved the story on. The very detailed style of writing, (eg exactly how the characters liked their coffee when they ordered it), added to the listener's engagement. The narrator Saul Reichlin was absoluted first class. He mastered many different character voices as well as the many Swedish place names. Several rather complicated and inter-related plot lines, and many characters -it's a book that I had to concentrate on.
    The plot is partly about mis-behaviours within the Swedish secret police and partly about Lizbeth Salander having to deal with a number of charges that she remains accused of while at the same time wanting to "deal" in her own way with those who have wronged her in the past. Plus of course a good number of personal stories and relationships. The ending does not disapoint, and ties up all the many lose ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Snyder
    fermanagh, IN
    9/15/16
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    "I love this book"

    I have really enjoyed the whole series of these book. A must listen for all. I really hope there's more books in the works :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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