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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"The most original heroine to emerge in crime fiction for many years." (Independent)
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
This is a great read I am disappointed it's over I shall miss Salander and her friends!
"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'.
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.
"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.
"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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