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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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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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    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 03/11/2009
    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 03/11/2009 Member Since 2007
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    "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.

    102 of 104 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, United Kingdom 10/11/2010
    Rosemary Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, United Kingdom 10/11/2010 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Nottingham, United Kingdom 23/01/2011
    Paul Nottingham, United Kingdom 23/01/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alan SixmilecrossUnited Kingdom 13/04/2010
    Alan SixmilecrossUnited Kingdom 13/04/2010 Member Since 2009
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Danny huddersfield, west yorkshire, United Kingdom 03/11/2009
    Danny huddersfield, west yorkshire, United Kingdom 03/11/2009
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    "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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Gloucester, Glos, United Kingdom 14/11/2009
    Michael Gloucester, Glos, United Kingdom 14/11/2009 Member Since 2007
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley Lydbrook, United Kingdom 12/09/2011
    Lesley Lydbrook, United Kingdom 12/09/2011
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    "Amazing"

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Quantum Phase England 15/11/2009
    Quantum Phase England 15/11/2009 Member Since 2009

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    "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'.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom 10/02/2011
    Wendy Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom 10/02/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JonR Kettering, UK 16/07/2010
    JonR Kettering, UK 16/07/2010 Member Since 2009
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Olga
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    04/12/09
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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
  • Joseph
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    28/03/10
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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
  • Lia
    Sutton, Australia
    12/08/10
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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...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Phillip
    Dandenong Plaza, VIC, Australia
    09/07/10
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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
  • Dr Firoze Manji
    Oxford, Oxon United Kingdom
    25/02/10
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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
  • pfitz
    Ireland
    03/12/09
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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
  • Joanne
    Burlington, ON, Canada
    23/01/10
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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
  • Marius
    Irene, South Africa
    04/12/09
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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
  • Amelia
    Pretoria, South Africa
    13/04/12
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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
  • Kairiin
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    15/11/11
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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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