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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest Audiobook

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

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Publisher's Summary

Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release.

With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, 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. Once a victim herself, Salander is now ready to fight back.

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

What the Critics Say

"With the spiky and sassy Lisbeth Salander - punkish wild child, traumatised survivor of the 'care' system, sexual adventurer and computer hacker of genius - Larsson created the most original heroine to emerge in crime fiction for many years." (The Independent)
"Complex, satisfying, clever, moral...a grown-up novel for grown-up readers...this is why the Millennium Trilogy is rightly a publishing phenomenon all over the world." (Kate Mosse)

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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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    Martin 06-24-17
    Martin 06-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "neat ending to a captivating trilogy."

    I could not stop listening to the book. the story is robust and well writing. A total recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Upper Hutt, New Zealand 09-30-16
    Philip Upper Hutt, New Zealand 09-30-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Great writing / great narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It kept me engaged.


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

    They were all very credible. I like all of his characters whether male or female.A great work of narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    One of the greatest writers of this genre

    0 of 0 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.

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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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  • 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
    UK
    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
  • ms.art
    6/13/17
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    "Outstanding"

    It's hard to say which of these four books is my favourite, I suspect this one. Even though I've read the third and forth out of sequence. The one thing I really love about the author is that there are no "walking into a dark room and not turning the lights on" scenes, if you get my meaning, too many authors of thrillers rely on that. You know that all the good guys in this series are not stupid and are not the underdogs. That's what makes their plans so much more exciting, I can't wait for the new release in September now - this was a fantastic read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/26/17
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    "Good stories"

    Couldn't put them down until I read all of them sorry it had to end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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