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4.00000773835878 out of 54.00000773835878 out of 54.00000773835878 out of 54.00000773835878 out of 54.00000773835878 out of 5 4.00 (259,745 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stieg Larsson Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Millennium Series Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780739384206
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In the concluding volume of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head.

But she’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll stand trial for three murders. With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she’ll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she’ll seek revenge—against the man who tried to kill her and against the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Larsson was a cerebral, high-minded activist and self-proclaimed feminist who happened to have a God-given gift for pulse-racing narrative. It’s this offbeat combination of attributes—imagine if John Grisham had prefaced his writing career not by practicing law in Mississippi but by heading up the Stockholm office of Amnesty International—that has made the series such a sui generis smash…for fans of the first two books, there are plenty of the Larssonian hallmarks they have come to love.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • The literary equivalent of a caffeine rush . . . Larsson was one of those rare writers who could keep you up until 3 a.m. and then make you want to rush home the next night to do it again . . . Larsson is something like John Grisham [but] Larsson held an extra ace: the creation of Salander. Newsweek
     
    “It’s over! And I feel the same sense of pleasure and loss that I did when I watched the finale of ‘The Sopranos’ and the last episodes of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ . . . Salander is, I promise, someone you will never forget . . . Anyone who enjoys grounding their imaginations in hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of exciting pages about the way we live now ought to take advantage of this trilogy.
  • “A thoroughly gripping read . . . Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson’s fierce pixie of a heroine, is one of the most original characters in a thriller to come along in a while—a gamin, Audrey Hepburn look-alike but with tattoos and piercings, the take-no-prisoners attitude of Lara Croft and the cool, unsentimental intellect of Mr. Spock . . . Owes less to the Silence of the Lambs horror genre than to something by John le Carré. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times 

  • 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. Guardian
  • A heart-stopping showdown showcases one of crime fiction’s most unforgettable characters—and cements Larsson’s rep as one of its most passionate and original voices. People
      
  • Confirms Larsson as one of the great talents of contemporary crime fiction. Sunday Times (UK)
     
    “Exhilarating . . . Larsson’s was an undeniably powerful voice in crime fiction that will be sorely missed.
  • Fast-paced enough to make those Jason Bourne films seem like Regency dramas. Kirkus Reviews
  • Larsson’s vivid characters, the depth of the detail across the three books, the powerfully imaginative plot, and the sheer verve of the writing make the trilogy a masterpiece of its genre. The Economist
  • There are few characters as formidable as Lisbeth Salander in contemporary fiction of any kind . . . She dominates the stage like Lear . . . She will be sorely missed. Booklist
  • Larsson’s work is original, inventive, shocking, disturbing, and challenging . . . His novels have brought a much needed freshness into the world of crime fiction. Times (UK)
  • Fans will not be disappointed: this is another roller-coaster ride that keeps you reading far too late into the night. Evening Standard
     

  • “A thoroughly gripping read that shows off the maturation of the author's storytelling talents…Larsson effortlessly constructs an immensely complicated story line that owes less to the Silence of the Lambs horror genre than to something by John le Carré…Cutting nimbly from one story line to another, Larsson does an expert job of pumping up suspense while credibly evoking the disparate worlds his characters inhabit.”

    New York Times

  • “Anyone who enjoys grounding their imaginations in hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of exciting pages about the way we live now ought to take advantage of this trilogy.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A heart-stopping showdown showcases one of crime fiction’s most unforgettable characters—and cements Larsson’s rep as one of its most passionate and original voices.”

    People

  • “The trilogy ranks among those novels that expand the horizons of popular fiction…the novel fully lives up to the excellence of the previous two and…brings the saga to a satisfactory conclusion.”

    Washington Post

  • “The literary equivalent of a caffeine rush…Larsson was one of those rare writers who could keep you up until 3 a.m. and then make you want to rush home the next night to do it again.”

    Newsweek

  • “Larsson’s work is original, inventive, shocking, disturbing, and challenging…His novels have brought a much needed freshness into the world of crime fiction.”

    Times (London)

  • “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.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Larsson’s vivid characters, the depth of the detail across the three books, the powerfully imaginative plot, and the sheer verve of the writing make the trilogy a masterpiece of its genre.”

    Economist

  • “There are few characters as formidable as Lisbeth Salander in contemporary fiction of any kind…She dominates the stage like Lear.”

    Booklist

  • “Delicious mayhem, where no man is quite good and no rich person has the slightest chance of entering the kingdom of heaven. Oh, there are lots of very bad bikers, too. Patented Larsson, meaning fast-paced enough to make those Jason Bourne films seem like Regency dramas.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2010 CWA International Dagger Finalist
  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of a 2011 Audie Award
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ben | 12/18/2016

    " Another great read by Stieg Larson, continues on with tattooed Dragon girl. Does not disapolnt if you read the first two this is the same girl we have come to love and would like to friend, she is as always, almost always, a step ahead of most everyone, while reluctantly accepting help from our would be hero who can't seem to be accepted in her life. Another page turner you won't want to put down and are disappointed when it's over as you are once again wanting more. Does not disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M | 6/29/2016

    " Yet another excellent book in the series. It is a shame there are no more as I am hooked. This volume continues seamlessly from the earlier volumes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donaldinho | 1/31/2014

    " Was awesome. A great conclusion to the story. Just a shame that the author never saw the impact of his stories... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mick | 1/31/2014

    " Unlike most, I enjoyed this one the best of the 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 1/29/2014

    " Not as fluent in writing as the first two. I almost feel like this was written by someone else. I felt like I knew all the secrets long before I needed to. Still an excellent conclusion to the story. Stieg was a brilliant writer and storyteller. The characters will stay with me for a lifetime. Just think - this could actually happen in real life; it boggles my mind. Love it. Would read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nihil | 1/23/2014

    " I have a very strong love-hate relationship with this trilogy. There is a story and there are nice characters. That's what saves this book. The story is, in fact, so good that I was positively enraged while reading it - I was very angry at this book's flaws, which keep this from being an amazing literary work. This trillogy is certainly worth reading, but the writer's inconsistent style and that damned Mikael Blomkvist (what an awful character! I can only describe him as an annoying Gary Sue) might make you angry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Viviane | 1/21/2014

    " I took too long to read this book. Because of all the foreign words and locations, as we'll of the enormous amount of characters, I strongly recommend you read this book a little more often than I did. It can be hard remember who is who and how that person is involved in the plot. Def a good read, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 1/17/2014

    " It started out a bit slow, but it soon turned into an excellent story about a government conspiracy and a battle of wits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Opaali | 1/5/2014

    " beautiful finish to an amazing trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Praveen | 12/21/2013

    " It's book is vet much a continuation of Played with Fire and takes about 150 pages to get going but then it's as good as the previous two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 12/19/2013

    " This was my favorite of the three books. The scheming and one-upping between the good guys and the bad guys was so fun. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Hyland | 12/18/2013

    " All in all the series moved along rather slow, but I am sad there won't be more stories from Mr. Larsson; I do want to read more about these characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsty | 12/11/2013

    " Brilliant series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Hansson | 12/8/2013

    " The last of the trilogy. This one was a lot more political and one had to really concentrate so as to not miss a thing. Excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya Smith | 12/2/2013

    " Surprisingly I enjoyed the whole series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 10/22/2013

    " I liked the trilogy, but glad when they were over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Huntingdon | 5/19/2013

    " Really liked this book, although a bit too much information in some parts but now cant wait to read the next book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Holum | 4/27/2013

    " I still have to say I like the 2nd book in the trilogy the best as that is the one where Salander has the most action. In this book she is mostly just recuperating in the hospital. It comes to a satisfying close as I knew it would have to and am glad I finally got around to reading this trilogy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Henderson | 3/21/2013

    " Loved this book. Just as awesome as the other two. Hate to see the Dragon Tattoo series end, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 2/24/2013

    " I will admit to loving the first of the series and liking the second, but by the time I got to this one, the clunky writing style was wearing on me. It's a great story, and I read every word until the blockbuster ending, but I was relieved (rather than disappointed) to be done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Silviaroyerbellsouth.net | 2/2/2013

    " Not as good as the first 2 but tied things up nicely "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy Schilling | 8/29/2012

    " Great ending to a great series!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rangerman | 3/22/2012

    " What a fantastic finale to this gripping trilogy. Dark and disturbing. One of the very best series in a very long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chip | 2/11/2012

    " Wow. What an ending, what a great story. Again, not for the teens, but eventually, everyone should read this series. The biggest crime is that Mr. Larsson is no longer with us to create more amazing stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Hall | 11/6/2011

    " Unlike the first books in the trilogy I wasn't able to complete this book. I find it very boring and not near as captivating as the first 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luciana | 10/22/2011

    " I really liked the triology. I just feel sorry that we'll never know the developing of a lot of little details that were obviosly left as cliffhangers for the next books. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fay | 7/30/2011

    " Amusing, but the first book was definitely the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicky | 7/18/2011

    " The best one out of the trilogy!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 5/24/2011

    " Last book... for now at leat... on the millenium triology... and what a good ending....I am all about "happy endings"... and to be honest if they never make any more books of the series I think I will be content... I do want more... but... it was good enough... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 5/24/2011

    " I had to read the last one in the series as well... These books are pure entertainment, with much gore and suspense. Kudos to the writer for unveiling much information about impunity for violence against women and children and bringing the message to the world "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jsarno49 | 5/23/2011

    " This certainly is an appropriate and catchy title for the 3rd book in this series. Once again, I enjoyed the fast pace and Larsson's ability to tie together all the loose ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cornflakegirl | 5/22/2011

    " Nice way to close the triology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 5/22/2011

    " Loved this book as much as the first 2. I so wish the author hadn't died so we could have enjoyed the entire series he had planned to write. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 5/22/2011

    " Great book; my favorite of the trilogy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/22/2011

    " Sorry it was the last in the series. I enjoyed all three. The characters were all believable and well thought out. The action made for an exciting read. Loved them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 5/22/2011

    " Like the first book in this series, I had a hard time getting into it. Once the story got going though, it was hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nalasbang | 5/21/2011

    " I love the trilogy. I just didn't want it to end. Some of the scenes may be implausible but for its entertainment value....it's highly recommended. I am now a fan of Lisbeth Salander! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ravi | 5/21/2011

    " One of the best novels i ever read..its very difficult to manage interest of reader for all 3 books and Larsson successfully does that. Very sorry for writer not to able to see phenomenon of his books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roadrunner | 5/21/2011

    " The books in this trilogy get better as you go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coolcat | 5/20/2011

    " I read this book so quickly. It was a thriller. Only problem was the last 30 or so pages, it got dry with information. If you don't read this book quickly after The Girl who Played with Fire you may have a hard time putting all the names to the character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 5/20/2011

    " I liked this entire series. Very suspenseful. I couldn't put any of them down. "

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About the Author
Author Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson (1954–2004) was a native of Sweden who wrote the internationally bestselling Millennium series of crime novels. Originally written in Swedish, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest were posthumously published in English in 2009. Larsson, a leading expert on antidemocratic right wing extremism and neo-Nazi organizations, was the founder of the Swedish Expo Foundation, an organization that seeks to eliminate white nationalism among young people. He was also the editor of the organization’s magazine, Expo.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.