Mikael Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder. Fearing for his life, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story.
More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker.
It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters that will soon bring terror to the streets of Stockholm, the Millennium team, and Blomkvist and Salander themselves.
©2015 David Lagercrantz (P)2015 Quercus Editions Ltd
Perfect number four, and a Job well done to the author. Superbly read just as the rest of the books in the series. Love love loved it.
The narrator was grating. I'll not purchase another read by the same narrator. Book was not well written; certainly not even close to Stig Larsen's style.
This attempt to recreate and continue Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy irritated me early on by seeming to dumb down the character of Blomkvist to make the plot work. Despite this the plot overall is fairly interesting and the book is a satisfying 'read'.
However, I suspect Lagercrantz cannot replicate the depth and possibility of the Salander character, which was one of the main attractions of the trilogy.
The writing style plays down the dark tone of the previous entries, the pacing is off and takes quite a while for the story to get into gear. Blomkvist serves no better purpose than a plot deceive of just sitting and listening to other people talk for readers sake. Salander shines when finally introduced and her character is still true, but I didn't agree with, or think it necessary, the author answering certain aspects of her life. The modern pop culture references also felt very very out of place.
It has its moments in the middle but overall it could have been better.
Not quite up to the standard of Larson but well worth a listen. Somehow the plot was a bit more predictable though still pretty good.
Liked the warmth associated with the autistic boy The no panic by the journalist to get to the bottom of the investigation and the fact that the twin sister was un successful No doubt we will hear about that later
The story is interesting but not a well constructed as the Larsson writings. The narration was very disappointing. Had I started with this book, I would not have purchased the series.
"The Ghost of Stieg"
Hoorah for Saul!!
I think the author tried real hard, maybe that was the problem.It was quite entertaining in parts but mostly contrived and predictable.....still I listened to it all, I'm not going to return it, so I guess it took care of 16 hrs of my life.
[Is the wife gonna finish Stieg's version]???
Doesn't measure up to the Larsson novels. The writing is full of clichés, and the characters all conform to particular stereotypes. It just isn't credible. Saul Reichlin does his best, but it must have been an uphill task for him.
"GOOD CHARACTERS. EASY TO READ BOOK"
Very good book. learn a few things while enjoying a good fiction novel. Larsdon chatacters grest as always
"So much exposition"
Okay story. But there is so much exposition. It felt clumsy I that regard. Hmm
"Why did I waste my time reading this?"
I guess I hoped Larsson had an almost finished book that just required a bit of editing. This is obviously not Larsson's work.
"Avoid, avoid, avoid. Larsson Larceny."
it had the colour of the larsson books but treated the reader like an idiot. it was, in fact, a very modest story cluttered with extreme actions to traumatise the reader into thinking more was going on than was.
horrible dialogue and some terribly laboured explanations. especially the IT stuff and the mathematical stuff.
i think the reader did a very good job in creating a scandinavian mood to the reading. it had great quality in that respect. however his reading of the american character was appalling. hackneyed and just awful. not helped by the written dialogue it has to be said.
resignation. it was a bad idea and a bad outcome.
don't make another one. as a writer you are not up to the task either creatively in terms of story or as an author in terms of structure and, well, writing.
"waiting for book number 5"
although it is the 4th book in the serie , still has its charm ,pace and intensity. begins a little slow but when you get into it (and remember all the funny swedish names ), the story catches you in its web and you finish it with the slight dissapointment and curiosity as you can't percede immediately to the next book
Good, would recommend downloading. I was a little sceptical as I had read some negative reviews but really enjoyed listening to the story. Good plot the ending could have been stronger however but overall an enjoyable read.
Obvious the previous series
Not even close to the magic of Stieg Larson and a violation of Salandar's character.
"A Ripping Yarn"
While it lacks the extreme darkness of the Larsen books, this has quite good pace and I thought read more like a ripping yarn. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"Lisbeth Salander is back, a cyberpunk reboot."
This is a revival of a series millions love with a character that has the admiration and sympathy of millions of readers, so one third of the book is a clever re establishing of the old ensemble of characters while lying down the new ones and the plot for the new story, and I am happy to say that it works without feeling forced or awkward, yes it is not the same writer but it is very much the setting Stieg Larsson created, the plot line moves and references previous books in the series with ease and respect .
If you liked the other books you will enjoy this one, it is a good thriller that brings back old friends and delivers a good continuation. The technical computer language, AI, ASI, or artificial super-intelligence discussions, very much set it in our present with references to what has transpired in our world recently, grounding the story in our present, while creating a sense of a future with cyber singularity and possible digital event horizons.
The sound production of this book is excellent and ingenious, with many little tricks they should use in other books, Saul Reichlin is a superb actor and uses all his power to make this a very good listen.
"An unnecessary continuation"
I really enjoyed the Millennium trilogy and they finished quite tidily, so i was intrigued by what an addition to the series by another author could bring. The answer, nothing. Unfortunately this is a book that need not have been written. The character development is poor, the story is badly structured and lacks depth. Having finished it I would have no interest in any further additions to the original trilogy. Declan Hughes in the Irish Times, September 26th captures my views quite succinctly:
David Lagercrantz’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web (MacLehose Press, £14.99) is a continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, and will probably outsell any other crime novel published this year. It is ineptly structured (the murder that finally incites the action takes place on page 130, a good 100 pages too late), repetitive, and fatuously in thrall to brands and buzzwords, as if simply naming them brought them to life. It often reads more like a prospectus than a book. Hackers! The Dark Web! Autistic Savants! The Russian Mafia and the NSA!
At its heart, of course, is Lisbeth Salander, that manic pixie dream girl with abuse issues, a scowly face and piercings. Piercings! Salander remains part comic-book superhero, part male fantasy, but she still deserves better than this cynical, curiously disengaged production."
My advice: go back and listen to the original trilogy again instead of investing time in this.
"4th in the Trilogy!"
All in all, I thought it was pretty good. Lagercrantz has picked up Larsson's style and pacing pretty well and it helps that the majority of characters are already well-established from the first three books. This gives substantial consistency, as does keeping the redoubtable Saul Reichlin as narrator. The storyline is a fairly natural extension from Larsson’s original series, develops the situation nicely – and leaves the door wide open for another book in due course.
Keeping a best-selling series going after the original author’s death is bound to fraught and polarise opinion, as indicated by other reviews. I’m sure the publishers don’t mind too much so long as people pay up - and I think this one is good value and hope you enjoy it.
"Not as bad as I thought it would be"
Pretty near the top. I read mixed reviews about this book before buying it and was a bit wary but I found that the story was good and to be honest I wouln't have known it was a different writer, although that may be because it was a year or so since I read the last one. The only thing was that I thought they had changed one of the main characters names (Erica's) but that could just be down to different pronounciation.
Don't want to say really to spoil the story for anyone who hasn't read it yet.
The ability to do something else whilst listening ha ha. No to be honest it's difficult to say unless I had read it too and then I would be able to compare the experience.
Nope not really - sorry.
I nearly got put off buying this because of the mixed reviews. I did buy it and I loved it. It just goes to show each person is different. Of course I think you should read reviews - they are very helpful - but don't base your whole decision on them.
"No Stieg Larsson"
Okay I was expecting a little too much for this book, and the book delivers anther installment of the millennium series, but this writer is no Stieg Larsson. I feel the book lacked a credible plot and in places felt there was no need to remind us of previous books. However it is a well written book with believable characters that continues effortlessly in the millennium series.Not enough of Libeth Salander.
As good as if not better than the previous 3. The story is gripping all the way through to the end.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but I really enjoyed it. It has a different flow and feel to the previous three books, but the plot and narration were excellent. Highly recommended.
"Thank god I've got to the end!"
No I very much doubt it. I don't know whether the story got lost in translation, but it was truly dire. I have listened to the original trilogy and they were terrific, tense and new and exciting. This was utterly boring from start to finish. Ridiculous story, old fashioned and predictable.
The narrator was simply terrible. Ponderous and patronizing. He had the wrong voice for the story for a start, he sounded about 75 and Like a grandfather reading a bedtime story to his grandchildren. Whenever he had to swear it jarred.
Hum, where shall I start?
may Stig Laarson rest in peace.
"As good as the first 3"
The actor did an excellent job reading, enjoyed listening it. For my time schedule the audio suits much better as I have time to listen in the car or while doing the garden, however because of the excellent performance, I recommend this to anyone. I think he is also easy to follow for non-native listeners, like myself.
It was a continuation of the original series, with the same characters. I was reading the first 3 books long time ago, but the book landed me instantly back in Sweden where those books left me...
Not yet, but will for sure
"It's not Larssen"
Good, but not a touch on the original trilogy: too heavy on the technobabble, and light on journalism. On the plus side, the characters are consistent, and still believable if a little too black & white.
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