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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Audiobook

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Series, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogy.

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

Listen to the rest of The Millennium Trilogy.

©2010 Stieg Larsson (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

“Larsson’s vivid characters, the depth of detail across three books, the powerfully imaginative plot, and the sheer verve of the writing make the trilogy a masterpiece of the genre.” (The Economist)

“The literary equivalent of a caffeine rush. . . . Larsson was one of those rare writers who could keep you up until 3 a.m. and then make you want to rush home the next night to do it again.” (Newsweek)

“Salander is someone you will never forget. . . . Anyone who enjoys grounding their imaginations in hundreds . . . of exciting pages about the way we live now ought to take advantage of this trilogy.” (Chicago Tribune)

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    Sean Seminole, FL, United States 09-14-10
    Sean Seminole, FL, United States 09-14-10
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable series"

    Simon Vance is nothing shy of superb. I was so pleased to find that he narrated all 3 of the books, as I enjoyed him so much in the Dragon Tattoo.

    The only somewhat negative thing I have to say about the series is in regard to its sexual content. I am not one that minds sex in books when it fits and is necessary to the story, but at times, it felt like it was sex simply for the sake of sex, and that could get irritating. I will warn that there are some passages not for the faint of heart, not for sexual content, but sadism, torture, etc. that were significant to the stories. I didn't find it overbearing or intolerable by any means, just wanted to pass that on for those who might be offended by such material.

    Other than that, nothing but fantastic storytelling in all 3 books, and Mr. Vance is truly, truly a gem in the industry.

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    Dr, Julie Jackson 09-13-10 Member Since 2015
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    "sorry when it was over"

    a lot of words but I like that. never boring. I will save to listen again.

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    Steve Kinston, NC, United States 09-09-10
    Steve Kinston, NC, United States 09-09-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Coffee Obsession"

    Listened to all three books back to back to back and I have to say I only wished Larsson had lived to write more. One strange thing about all the books was the almost endless insertions of coffee consumption, often so frequent I found myself laughing out loud. I can't be the only one that has noticed this.... I only pray that this isn't what killed this fine author...

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    Yates East Windsor, NJ, United States 09-09-10
    Yates East Windsor, NJ, United States 09-09-10
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    "Really enjoyable and satisfying."

    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?

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    Kerri JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 09-09-10
    Kerri JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 09-09-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    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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    A. Best 09-06-10
    A. Best 09-06-10

    Gift Subscription for my lovely wife.

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    "Terrific narration"

    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!

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    Kristin Lakeville, MA, United States 09-05-10
    Kristin Lakeville, MA, United States 09-05-10 Member Since 2016
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    "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest"

    I could not turn it off. Loved it. The plot was interesting and the narrator was perfect.

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    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 09-05-10
    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 09-05-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Great series"

    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.

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    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 09-04-10
    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 09-04-10 Member Since 2016

    Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!

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    "Ups and downs"

    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.

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    wayne 09-02-10
    wayne 09-02-10
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    "A Work of Art"

    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.

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