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Publisher's Summary

The third instalment of the Millennium Trilogy - which has now sold more than 26 million copies worldwide.

Salander is plotting her revenge – against the man who tried to kill her, and againstthe 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.

Translated by Reg Keeland.

©2009 Quercus (P)2009 Quercus

Critic Reviews

“Larsson has produced a coup de foudre, a novel that is complex, satisfying, clever, moral . . . This is a grown-up novel for grown-up readers, who want something more than a quick fix and a car chase. And it’s why the Millennium trilogy is rightly a publishing phenomenon all over the world.” (Kate Mosse, The Guardian)
“Solves the mysteries set up in the first two novels and explains how Salander became what she is . . . confirms Larsson as one of the great talents of contemporary crime fiction.” (Joan Smith, Sunday Times)
“So this is it. The final instalment in Stieg Larsson’s enthralling Millennium crime trilogy . . . If you’re a fan of the first two, you won’t be disappointed by the stunning ending. If you haven’t a clue about all the fuss, buy all three, clear a weekend and savour a master storyteller at work.” News of the World
“Larsson’s work is original, inventive, shocking, disturbing and challenging . . . [he has] brought a much-needed freshness into the world of crime fiction.” Marcel Berlins, The Times“I was completely enthralled by The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, the tense and almost apocalyptic conclusion to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.” (Anthony Horowitz, Daily Telegraph)

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  • KC
  • 19-11-2017

great read

narration was well done. enjoyed all three books will listen again. I loved the paper copies too

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terrible narration

The narrators voices where shocking and really out me off of a great book sad

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Not a good version.

Stieg Larsson's book is great but this version is dreadful. The narrator does not modulate his voice well and he reads it as if the story is set in the UK instead of Sweden, using various British accents which, after having listened to Saul Reichlin's narration of the first book, makes this version sound very amateurish. I downloaded it in error and couldn't listen past the first couple of chapters.

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  • Erika
  • 01-10-2011

Interesting, but not the best of the three

I enjoyed listening to the abridged version of this story, mainly because I felt that the unabridged versions of the first two books dragged for too long in details and descriptions of the characters. It was great to be able to learn what happened to Salander, but the third book is definitely the weakest of the three.

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  • Jennifer
  • 06-05-2014

Excellent!

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One of my first listens on audible. Many books down this one still has one on the best narrators and a great plot. Very worthwhile listening to.

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  • Michal
  • 19-02-2013

Outstanding

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

The whole experiance was enjoyable.

What did you like best about this story?

It was a very good closure to the three books seria.

What about Martin Wenner’s performance did you like?

Everything! The pace, the diction, the way he performed each character. A true master.

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  • Nancy
  • 01-02-2013

Stieg Larsson was a first-class story-teller

If you could sum up The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest in three words, what would they be?

dark, thrilling and fascinating

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The trilogy offers a glimpse into a dark but fascinating underworld, with memorable characters, a growing web of intrigue and subterfuge, told with masterful flair. It is a great pity that this was to be Larsson's last opus.

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  • Mary Romany
  • 02-07-2012

I did not under Slanader's accent

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

I love the story although Larsson is a little heavy with details. I did not understand Salander's accent which seemed more cockney. That threw me off when listening.Otherwise, excellent

What did you like best about this story?

Blomkvistn seems to be the ideal man. The men like him, the women want to sleep with him and I was glad that Salander made her peace with him.

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  • Kata
  • 02-07-2012

excellent for not native english speakers as well

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

No, because I have so many other story to listen :)

Have you listened to any of Martin Wenner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no, this was the first.

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I'm not native english. Beside enjoying the book very much, I listen to the story to improve my english as well. And it's excellent!

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  • J. Schmitz
  • 25-04-2012

Still Spellbinding

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Even though the series clearly winds down in this installment, this story drew me in just as much as the other two. I think part of it would be Wenner's narration. I have enjoyed it all along, but I will say, his American accent is, well, pitiful. However, I will let it pass because he was fantastic in every other sense. ;)

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  • Gregorio
  • 17-04-2012

Anybody can defeat Salander

Where does The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of the best

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed what happened to Peter Teleborian at the end...

What about Martin Wenner’s performance did you like?

His performance as Lisbeth's father and Peter Teleborian

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

Sure, but I couldn't.

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Great end for this awesome series

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  • Rebecca
  • 16-04-2012

Absolutely Enjoyed It!

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

The narration was very lively.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was captivating and full of suspense

What about Martin Wenner’s performance did you like?

He was very expressive.

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

Yes

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  • Imelda
  • 15-02-2012

I want more!!!!

I devoured the first 2 books and this one is no different. Martin Wenner is still a great narrator and the plot just keeps on getting better and better.
I wish Stieg larsson was still alive... I want more of the adventures of Lisbeth!!!
You just want to know more about her and what else she does. It's like watching James Bond movies - you get addicted to the stories.

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  • Ayse
  • 12-08-2011

Makes you want to drive to India!

The whole "The Girl..." series is very very absorbing. I lost track of time and wait in the garage for a pause to start for tomorrow. There are same issues not settle through the series, you have an episode here and there leads you to nowhere, but never the less it makes driving my favourite pass time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-2020

Great story but ...

Really good story. Having listened to book one and two I expected the same narrator but sadly not. I couldn’t enjoy the new narrator, his cadence was all wrong and he didn’t sound credible. The main character had turned into a cockney which sounded ridiculous. A few of the other accents were very out of keeping too. Such a pity. I guess I should have listened
to the sample!

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  • Davide Pederzoli
  • 20-03-2020

Audio and paper book are different

the reading voice does not match the book content, I cannot follow the audio story while reading the book

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  • Conor
  • 22-03-2018

good story... but a few too many characters..

good story, well read and enjoyable to listen to... but a few too many characters..

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  • Greg
  • 02-09-2015

worthy of the hype

Fantastic. The whole The girl series, The originals, are fantastic. the narrator did a great job!

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  • John from Leeds
  • 18-04-2015

Great story not great performance

Great story not great performance accents not great in performance. Story was amazing, really enjoyed it. Highly recommend the book.

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  • Aoife
  • 07-10-2020

Awful narrator in this abridged version

AVOID THIS VERSION and go for the 25 hour version. After listening to the first two books which were narrated very well, this one is out of keeping and stupid, (Salander suddenly sounds like a dim bloke from the East End!?)
Glad I realised and found the other version before I got the the end of chapter 1

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  • Bronwyn R
  • 08-09-2019

Another riveting read

Full of class, deep knowledge of the Swedish legal system, and fabulously intricate weaving of the story working towards its complex but totally plausible conclusion... I am definitely moving straighf on to the next volume immediately.

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  • Mrs. H. G. Solomons
  • 20-06-2019

is Salander a Londoner ?

loved the story but the voice for Salander made me want to scream at the narrator...shame as the previous two were well narrated

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