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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (259,742 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stieg Larsson Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Millennium Series Release Date:
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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

  • “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 #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
  • A 2010 CWA International Dagger Finalist
  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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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 over forty 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.