The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Series: Millennium Series, Book 3
Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,818 ratings)

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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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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...

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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...

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Kirstine
  • 11-03-09

An engrossing end to the trilogy

I was eager to listen to this final book in the Stieg Larsson trilogy as I'd greatly enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and then the Girl who Played with Fire. One word of advice: listen or read the two previous books before tackling The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest as the latter narrative flows seamlessly from the Girl who Played with Fire and I think a listener would be confused without knowing the back-story and having become familiar with the main characters who are present in all three books. All the books are complicated with lots of characters with Swedish names and places but all are riveting. The stories are of epic proportions combining spies and the security services; crime and its detection; high-level computer hacking; investigative journalism leavened by a fair bit of raunchy descriptions of bed-room scenes.

This final book opens with quite a lot of explanation about the Swedish security service and political system but then takes off with the resolution of
the many threads from the previous books. Much of the book revolves around Lisbeth Salander's trial for serious crimes and journalist Mikael Blomkvist's behind the scenes investigations. The trial scenes are particularly engrossing, and without giving anything away, the cross-examination of the psychiatrist, Dr Teleborian, is a high-light.

The enjoyment and comprehensibility of all the books are greatly enhanced by the superb narration by Saul Reichlin, who is probably the finest audio book reader. Narration is an understatement as he really dramatizes the books by his ability to create different voices for the characters.

Sadly, the author, Stieg Larsson, died prematurely before this trilogy was published and won't know how much pleasure he's given people round the world who've followed the exploits of his weirdly wonderful character, Lisbeth Salander, and the doughty investigative journalist, Mikael Blomkvist.

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  • Rosemary
  • 11-10-10

Excellent

Really good book. I have throughly enjoyed listening to it. Tried to read the paperback version but could not get in to it. Listening to the story brings it alive.

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  • Paul
  • 01-23-11

What more can be said

Having hit the charts world wide, what more can be said about these books. A recommended audible book to anyone. Don't skip the first two books and read this one first otherwise you will be lost, and don't go for the bridged edition, it's just too good to miss a single word.

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  • Michael
  • 11-14-09

Excellent listen

I was wary of the length of this when I first downloaded but I had enjoyed the previous 2 books in the trilogy so had to finish it off. I can honestly say that the length was never an issue as, right from the start, I found the story gripping. It definitely helps to have read the first 2 simply to understand the relationship between the characters but even with that I still found myself struggling to remember certain events described. It doesn't matter in the least as it doesn't interupt the flow of the story and I was thoroughly entertained throughout. In the end I was disppointed there wasn't more! I would highly recommend this book.

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  • danbignose
  • 11-03-09

gripping

Thoroughly gripping thoughout. The storyline kept me listening and enthralled all the way through. I was actually missing other programs etc because I wanted to know what was coming next.

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  • Alan
  • 04-13-10

Exciting Listen

This is good holiday listening. It is well read and enjoyable. I have not read the two earlier books in this trilogy but was still able to enjoy this as a standalone story, the plot of the previous two unfold as you go through. I would recommend this and suspect the other two are also worth a listen.

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  • Lesley
  • 09-12-11

Amazing

This is a great read I am disappointed it's over I shall miss Salander and her friends!

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  • Quantum Phase
  • 11-15-09

The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest

'The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest' is a stunning completion of Stieg Larsson's Salander trilogy. Throughout most of the book I wondered how Larsson would find a HEA for Lisbet, but in the end she is released from her terrible past and has the possibility of happiness, I think.

The treatment of Salander's trial, and the lead up to it, together with the deadly criminal activity of the clique within the Swedish secret police, was masterfully developed. This is one of those rare books that temporarily captures your soul, making it very difficult to stop reading.

I was very impressed by the narrator's use of different accents for the different characters which made listening something of a 'theatrical experience'.

For devotees of mystery thrillers, purchase of this trilogy is a no brainer IMO, definitely a 'must listen'.

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  • Wendy
  • 02-10-11

The Girl who Kicked the Hornets nest

This was the third book in the Millenium Trilogy. Just as exciting
as the other two full of murder and mayhem.
For me there was too much geographical information. Had I known
Stockholm it would have been ok, but I found it a bit tedious.
The narration was excellent and made the characters live.
Looking forward to the next book from this author.

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  • JonR
  • 07-16-10

Another cracking yarn

The Millennium Trilogy is like Marmite; you either love it or hate it. I love it and thoroughly enjoyed this the 3rd and final part of the Trilogy. Narration and characterisations were brilliant, and like the first two books there are plenty of plot twists and turns. Was quite sad to complete the Trilogy, felt that I was leaving a group of friends behind, and wanted to know what happened next! Will have to watch all the films now, and will certainly look out other stories narrated by Saul Reichlin.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-19

A bit long

Story line was awesome but the book dragged on with too much detail in some parts.

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  • Paul Froome
  • 06-30-19

great story

I did love this book, my partner is pleased it is finished so I'll talk to her again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-19

loved it

great trilogy, very much enjoyed it the whole way thru. Great voice-over, extremely well read.

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  • Shelly Vanderwert
  • 12-31-18

Best of the series

Absolutely love this series and this book in particular. The narrator is so captivating, he really knows how to draw the listener in. Highly recommend.

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  • Alan Ismail
  • 12-11-17

Awesome series !!!

this story is amazing ... thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it ... the narration was outstanding ... can't wait to start the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-17

No deterioration in the story at all

The third book is every bit as addictive as the first two. A real thrill to listen to.

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  • Matthew Edwards
  • 04-18-17

Great conclusion to a great story

I really enjoyed this series. The performance was very engaging and brought the story to life

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  • Peter
  • 03-18-17

Exceptional

Love it! Exciting and exhilarating. Good twists and outstanding storylines. Great narrating as well. Nice!

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  • ZAP22
  • 11-11-16

Riveting, absorbing, absolutely awesome

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest to be better than the print version?

No. I wouldn't consider the audio edition to be better than the print version. Though it came close.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lisbeth Salander is perhaps the most defined and well-etched character in modern crime fiction. The formidable nature of her portrayal would make one hesitate to call her one's favorite. But, she obviously is.

What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

He does emote in the right places. But, he also recounts a story in a simple fashion. He does not over-act, or build emphasis where none may have been intended by the author.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

She is watching you

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  • Thomas
  • 10-05-16

Good book

Saul is a fantastic narrator for this series. There are moments when the voices become slightly muddled, but considering the large cast of characters he is working with it really isn't a problem. Highly recommend this and the other two narrated by him.