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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/ 2009 Norstedts Agency / Reg Keeland (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Tanya
  • Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 12-16-12

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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  • Sandra
  • Guelph, ON, Canada
  • 10-29-12

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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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.

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Excellent end to the series

What did you love best about The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest?

It was a great ending to the series - making sense but also exciting and surprising right to the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Naturally Lisbeth was the character I enjoyed most although Mr Larsson is able to describe people and actions so well that you can picture them easily and match them to their characters.

What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

He made the characters come alive with his accents.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This is a book that, like the other two, catches you up and makes you not want to put it down. I listen to audiobooks to and from work, and found myself continuing to listen as I wandered around the house doing various chores - just didn't want it to stop.

Any additional comments?

Although the author seems to go overboard on explanations at times, it all makes sense as the stories unfold. I had trouble starting the first book for this reason but don't be put off by this. Well worth listening to - but start with the first in the series to really understand more about Lisbeth and why she reacts the way she does. Everything unfolds as it should.

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Engaging and multi-faceted; not at all predictable

Would you listen to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest again? Why?

No, there are so many other books I would like to read.

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

Sure; this is not a predictable story, and many things are going on simultaneously.

Which scene was your favorite?

The court scene toward the end of the story when all unravels

Any additional comments?

The narration was truly superb.

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  • TG
  • 09-23-12

Unspeakably brilliant.

What did you love best about The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest?

This is a an unparalleled narrative, with a remarkably creative vision and combined with a pervasive humanity.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest?

The climax, which goes for a couple of hours of listening time, is simply delicious. The delight in that couple of hours is just extraordinary, and the excellence of the ideas will leave most listeners feeling this is one of the most tangible achievements in all of story telling.

What aspect of Saul Reichlin’s performance would you have changed?

It is quite a good preformance. It does not have the precision and perhaps the 'sensibility' of the previous books voiced by Simon Vance, but you will still find yourself lost in the story; and that is the test of a reading like this

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The precision of the climax, and many of the events thorough the reading, left me laughing. But, not infrequently, the events are relayed with such intensity that they left me desperately sad for the main characters. It just builds upon the intensity of the characterisations created in the first two parts of the trilogy.

Any additional comments?

I have discussed this book with about 50 people and they all rate it as one of their best literary experiences. For those who have listened to this Audiobook, the praise is unanimous.

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  • George
  • Frenches Forest, Australia
  • 09-17-12

A fantastic book to end off the trilogy

What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest the most enjoyable?

Great production and a story that held you listening every day.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mikal

What does Saul Reichlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Saul had a great range of voices to offer to all the characters

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Never stop thinking the end is about to happen

Any additional comments?

NIL

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  • Belinda
  • Orange, Australia
  • 09-10-12

I really enjoyed this series

What did you love best about The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest?

The story lines all came together, and finished with a bang. I liked the intricacies of the story, and I'm glad I finally listened to them.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked Lisbeth's character, and the fact that she didn't compromise her beliefs. I liked Mickael's belief in her.

What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

The consistency of the characters voices and their characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not too extreme, although I didn't want to put the book down - or press stop.

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  • Inger
  • BUDERIM, Australia
  • 09-06-12

Twists and turns you never see coming!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend who enjoys a good crime / thriller / murder / suspense novel. It is very well-written and so many great characters. The plot is very intricately woven but all ties together very well. Thoroughly enjoyed this!!

What other book might you compare The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest to and why?

Compared to the other 2 books in this trilogy, I enjoyed this one the most.

What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed Reichlin's performance and the way he made subtle changes for the different characters.

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

This was a book that I wanted to listen to in one sitting, and I couldn't wait to get back to listening each day.

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Outstanding!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The performance of this story kept me listening into the wee hours of the morning. Hard to live up to this.

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  • HA
  • 12-13-17

Excellent read

Great book brilliantly narrated. This is a must read (the trilogy that is) it is utterly compelling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-17

Even better than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

what a great book this is, very well read.
from start to finish I was gripped

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-17

Captivating

Well written. Had me going from start till finish. Such an Amazing book and series

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  • Mr. R. Taylor
  • 11-14-17

The Girl ho kick a hornets nest

Three on the row from Srieg Lawson and yet another very good read. I can recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-17

A must read

Because i have read the books that came before i did find the beginning of the book a tad pedantic at times.This was when past events were being gone over. Eventually the plot livened up and once again I became completely enmeshed with the characters and their lives.Salander is my most favourite character of all time , and I am well read. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series when I get my new credit.

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  • Nutter22
  • 09-07-17

brilliant :-) gripping and built up near the end

didn't expect it to end like it did, finished up the series nicely really enjoyed these books!

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  • Louise Cavanagh
  • 08-21-17

brilliant!! Love the series!

absolutely brilliant story from the first book through to this.. gripping from start to end!!

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  • Durdur
  • 07-17-17

so sad to finish the trilogy. .

Good ending to the trilogy. .feel like I have lost something now it's finished. really enjoyed all 3 books. found myself losing concentration in parts of this book but it brought me back in each time...well written .easy to listen to narrator..exciting read all round.

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  • ms.art
  • 06-13-17

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-26-17

Good stories

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