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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest | [Stieg Larsson]

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

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.
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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

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

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    Olga Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-04-09
    Olga Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-04-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A Fabulous Finale"

    It is rare that a series gets stronger as it goes along, but Hornets' Nest is a terrific finale. When I got to the last part of the book, I sat for five hours straight so that I could find out what happened. It is a great feminist novel, though many readers might not notice...

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 08-12-10
    Lia Sutton, Australia 08-12-10 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "25 fabulous hours"

    It is rare that a series gets stronger as it goes along, but Hornets' Nest is a terrific finale. When I got to the last part of the book, I sat for five hours straight so that I could find out what happened. It is a great feminist novel, though many readers might not notice...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Australia 03-28-10
    Joseph Australia 03-28-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Saul brings Sweden to life"

    You've read all the rave reviews; believe them! These books (The Trilogy) are fabulous.
    But let me praise the narrator, Saul Reichlin. He brought the books to life in a wonderful way. He made it easy to distinguish between the characters, despite a variety of accents (Swedish, Irish, Australian, Russian, etc.) and he did it without making them into caricatures.
    As I discussed the books with friends, I would mention a name and they would often say "is that how you pronounce it?". Mr. Reichlin not only made these books a pleasure to listen to, he made me confident pronouncing more-than-difficult Swedish names and places!
    Buy the book, and enjoy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Dandenong Plaza, VIC, Australia 07-09-10
    Phillip Dandenong Plaza, VIC, Australia 07-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Fanatstic"

    Great final book that wraps up the series well.
    The narrator adds to the story with a great effort.
    In a way it was disappointing for the book to end because it was so good.
    Highly recommend all in the series even though they take a while to listen to. However you soon become involved and wanting more.
    Worth every cent

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dr Firoze Manji Oxford, Oxon United Kingdom 02-25-10
    Dr Firoze Manji Oxford, Oxon United Kingdom 02-25-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Problems with recording"

    Some of this recording has clearly been taken from recordings for tape, so it's irritating to be asked to turn the tape over while listening on a digital device! To make matters worse, there is a whole section missing between part 2 and part 3. Sure Audible (oops, Amazon) can do better than that. Frankly, I want my money back.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    pfitz Ireland 12-03-09
    pfitz Ireland 12-03-09

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    "Good story let down by a sloppy audiobook"

    This is no reflection on the story but my enjoyment of this audiobook was hampered by the fact the audio track is clearly taken from a set of audiotapes as the instruction to turn your tape over still remain. Also and this is purely personal preference but I miss Simon Vance as the narrator. I had purchased the editions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire that feature Vance but unfortunately such an edition of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is currently unavailable on Audible. However I would advise anyone new to the series to purchase the copies of first two books that are narated by Simon Vance

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Burlington, ON, Canada 01-23-10
    Joanne Burlington, ON, Canada 01-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Fabulous - I couldn't stop listening"

    A fantastic conclusion to a great series, I couldn't stop listening. Larsson ably knits many strands together, creating a very satisfying conclusion to a story that looks deeply at what happens when society fails its most vulnerable. The series is set in Sweden so the reader gets the added benefit of learning more about Swedish life and history. A great listen..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marius Irene, South Africa 12-04-09
    Marius Irene, South Africa 12-04-09 Member Since 2004
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    "A great conclusion to a thrilling trilogy"

    Another really good thriller from the late Stieg Larsson. What a pity that he's lost to us! This one is the third in the wonderful Millenium trilogy, and neatly ties up most of the loose ends. It's well-written, a mix of fast and slow pace, intelligent and tense ... what more could one want? Well, there is something more ... Larsson's left leanings tend to influence this trilogy too strongly, in that pretty much every villain is a rabid capitalist, while every liberal or leftist is totally squeaky clean. Life is never that simple, and some shades of gray would have elevated the writing. But, in the end, I'm not complaining - all in all you did a great job Stieg! The narration by Saul Reichlin is excellent.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amelia Pretoria, South Africa 04-13-12
    Amelia Pretoria, South Africa 04-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "THE BEST SERIES EVER"

    I just loved the twisted tales and characters. The beautiful descriptions of the country side, that made my immagination ran wild. The way the narrator Saul Reichlin keeps you on edge all the time. He is amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kairiin Montreal, Quebec, Canada 11-15-11
    Kairiin Montreal, Quebec, Canada 11-15-11
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    "These characters will be with me for years"

    The performance is excellent, the story exciting, and the characters - unforgettable. This series is one of the best I've ever read and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more engaging story if you like action and rich, strong characters. My advice - read them in order and give yourself the time to really enjoy them. It's hard to believe this is a translation - the English is superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Patricia
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    11/22/10
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    "SUPERLATIVE STORY - TELLING !"

    I HAVE SPENT YEARS LISTENING TO AUDIOBOOKS AND HAVE SOME VERY STRONG FEELINGS REGARDING THE TALENTS OF THE NARRATORS OF THESE BOOKS! SOME ARE, WITHOUT DOUBT, RATHER LACKING IN THE ABILITY TO CHARACTERISE THESE STORIES. OTHERS ARE VERY GOOD INDEED BUT SAUL REICHLIN IS IN A CATEGORY OF HIS OWN - SUPERLATIVE - NO OTHER WORD FOR IT - AND HAS MADE THE LISTENING TO THIS OUTSTANDING TRILOGY A VERY GREAT PLEASURE INDEED.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    Hackney, London, United Kingdom
    11/2/09
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    "satisfying but longwinded"

    I have been waiting for this Audiobook all year, but I have to say I was a little disappointed - it is my least favourite of the trilogy. And I have to say that this comes down at least in part to the narration. I found the reader frequently over-emphasized words, and what's worse, placed what for me seemed an incorrect emphasis on things. Also, his accent was very strange, sliding towards something Afrikaans sounding in places. He decided to individualize one of the main female characters (not Salander, thankfully) by giving her an extremely breathy voice which I began to find incredibly irritating about 1/3 of the way through and as with the mis-emphasis, often obscured the meaning and emphasis of what she was saying. On the positive side, larsson's moral compass is unique and challenging in a way which amazes me that these books have become best sellers - and in this the hornet's nest is no different. Also, I have a much better idea of how the Swedish state is structured and operates than I ever did before - which is cool. Larsson's gender politics are challenging too, though he almost goes and spoils it all by spelling out, as if we hadn't had it hammered into us by now (an unfortunate choice of words), that the book is really about the violence that men perpetrate upon women. As if we could have ever failed to have notice that... On balance, I liked it, and I would still recommend the audio form. Just about. In my opinion this book could have done with a more brutal editor, and losing 100 or so pages wouldn't have done it any harm at all - and I have to wonder whether the fact that it has been left as it is has anything to do with Larsson's having passed away shortly after submitting the manuscript. As any further changes would obviously have to be made without his consent. Hmmm. A mixed effort but if you like the first two you should still get this book, if only just for a sense of completion.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lianne
    Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, United Kingdom
    2/19/11
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    "Brilliant!"

    What an excellent trilogy! I SO MUCH did not want this to get to the end! Please, please, please release the fouth... please!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    preston, lancs, United Kingdom
    8/22/10
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    "brilliant"

    Saul Reichlin is an awesome narrator. A must read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    8/1/10
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    "Wow!!"

    After the earlier two books, the scene is set for Lizbet and Michael Blomqvist to amaze yet again. The sheer pace of twists, turns, together with a stunning performance by the reader, Saul Reicklin put this book top of the list!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    poundbury, dorset, United Kingdom
    5/17/10
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    "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest"

    Great way to finish, I have really liked the 3 books so far. I hope we get more from Stieg. 5 Stars

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • abacus
    West Yorkshire
    5/1/10
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    "Fascinating!"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all three books in 'The Girl who .. ' series. I recommend they are read in sequence for continuity. The technical details are kept to the minimum required to provide the necessary background to the story. If Stieg Larsson writes another book incorporating Liesbet Salender and Mikhael Blomquist I won't hesitate to buy it. The narration was impeccable and entirely suited to the storyline. I can't recommend this book too highly to lovers of action thrillers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J Hurwitz
    London United Kingdom
    1/25/10
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    "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo"

    This is a truly wonderful story and I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey through all three books. I wanted to use this little post to say that Saul Reichlin, the narrator of all three of the Stieg Larsson novels, is undoubtedly the finest narrator I have come across in my journey through countless audiobooks. From now on, I am as much a follower of Mr Reichlin as I am of any author. Thanks Saul - you're a wizard of spoken word, characterisation and ambiance!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian
    stourbridge, United Kingdom
    11/24/09
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    "Wow"

    The first was good, the second was better and half way through the third ? WOW its brill.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    11/7/09
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    "A waste of an Audio Credit"

    I wish I had known that I should buy the previous books first I tried three times to listen to this and was convinced that I had received a bad recording that missed out lots of character development. It was as though I had started in the middle of the book. It's so frustrating to have used up one of my credits for a book that's not worth listening to unless I get the previous books. I'm sure the series is very good but it would have been helpful to have been told that it was part of a series

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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