The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series (Unabridged)
by David Lagercrantz
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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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Having read some of the other reviews I cannot be overly critical of the story line and the way the characters are developed. Not knowing if this was a continuation of a novel 30-50% completed when Steig Larsson passed or an original, it is phenonanal that this thread could be retrieved and spun into a mesmerizing story..Think that David Lagercrantz did an unbelievable job of resurrecting Lisbeth. Would recommend for neophytes that you start with book #1 and progress. It would help in connecting the references that are cited. In any event a great listen and highly recommend...
A major mistake in the narration
First, let me say that I am a HUGE fan of Simon Vance. I have nearly his entire catalog of books from Patrick O'Brian to the original Millennium series and the books of Sir Ian Flemming.
However, I have observed over the years that Mr. Vance has one weakness in his narration: American accents. Try as he might, he simply cannot pull one off. And with multiple American characters in this book, Mr. Vance's attempts to be a man from South Boston or a woman from New York City all come up very short. Listening, I just wanted it to stop.
The most important problem with Mr. Vance's narration though is his continuous misuse of Erika Berger's name. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I just misheard, but I swore he kept calling her Erika "Beria" or something to that effect. My wife has a print copy of the book and I thumbed through it looking to see if it was there too but it was just Berger. Was Mr. Vance's use of her name so mangled that it just came out that way? He never had this problem in the other Millennium novels. Regrettably, it was a significant distraction that spoiled the entire book for me. I will always be a fan of Mr. Vance, but whomever edited the narration should be fired.
Very well done. Loved the original trilogy, and this follows with the same intensity but also an originality that shines through (in a good way). I may even like it better than the originals. Much faster paced than other works in this genre — it kept me on the edge of my seat.