The Girl in the Spider's Web : Millennium Series

  • by David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Millennium Series
  • 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series.
In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.
David Lagercrantz is a Swedish journalist and best-selling author of fiction and nonfiction. He was hand selected by the Larsson estate to write this standalone sequel based on Stieg Larsson's characters.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

So thankful we still have Lizbeth!

STORY (thriller) - Yes, the loss of Stieg Larsson is huge, but I so appreciate David Lagercrantz for this effort. Lizbeth is an awesome character and, thanks to him, she's going to be around a little longer!

Personally, I didn't like this book as much as the first three, but that stems from my own personal taste and, perhaps, stupidity rather than from Lagercrantz's writing. For one, I would have liked a few less characters to keep straight. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I got confused with who was who several times. Second, although Lizbeth definitely plays a major role in the story, I would have preferred more of her. (Yes, I'm a fan). And, third, while I normally do not enjoy violence, I've come to expect it in this series and actually would have liked more of it in this book.

On the positive side, the plot is thrilling and complex, and it was wonderful to spend time with Lizbeth and Mikael again. Thankfully, their characters have not changed one bit! The addition of an autistic boy character was very interesting, and I loved the deeper insight into Lizbeth's childhood and the dark relationship she has with her sister. The book doesn't end with a bang, but everything is explained and it's a nice ending.

PERFORMANCE - Simon Vance delivers his usual awesome performance and lends continuity to the series.

OVERALL - As always, there is some violence and cursing, but no sex scenes this time. Recommended for anyone who loves The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I hope the criticism Lagercrantz is receiving for this sequel doesn't dissuade him from continuing our beloved series...
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- AudioAddict

Woefully disappointed

How could the performance have been better?

I love Simon Vance's narration, but I think there is something wrong with the translation. "William Borg", Blomkvist's long-standing enemy in the press has a different last name, as does Erica Berger - I can't even figure out what it is now. It just doesn't make sense.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to the original three Millennium books at least 4 times. I love them. I enjoy them every time I listen. But this book "reads" more like fan fiction. As though Lagercrantz was attempting to emulate Larsson, but missed the mark. Not to mention, there are terrible holes in continuation. There is no mention of Monica Figeurola AT ALL (Blomkvist's major love interest in "Hornet's Nest.") and Salander is back to having a bunch of piercings, which doesn't fit with how she looked in "Hornet's Nest" either (she had taken several of her piercings out and had a few tattoos removed and was generally working on appearing more "grown up").

I am a die-hard fan of the series, and will finish it on principle, but I am woefully disappointed about the whole thing.

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- Emily

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio