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Vance, Simon

Works: 706 works in 3,411 publications in 1 language and 106,983 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Ghost stories  Psychological fiction  Naval history  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Personal narratives  Sea stories 
Roles: Narrator, Performer
Classifications: PT9876.22.A6933, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Simon Vance
The girl who kicked the hornet's nest [a novel] by Stieg Larsson( Recording )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 2,744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lisbeth Salander-- the heart of Larsson's two previous novels-- lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She's fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she'll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And on her own, she will plot revenge-- against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life."--Container
The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson( Recording )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 2,712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.--From publisher description
The girl who played with fire by Stieg Larsson( Recording )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 2,624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government
Portrait of a spy by Daniel Silva( Recording )

23 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 1,454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After failing to stop a suicide bomber attack in London, master art restorer and assassin Gabriel Allon is summoned by the CIA and is faced with an organization riddled with dissent--and ill-equipped to deal with the deadly new face of global jihadist terror
Bring up the bodies [a novel] by Hilary Mantel( Recording )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne's head?"--
The Judas gate by Jack Higgins( Recording )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A disturbing tape has made its way to British intelligence, and from them to the president of the United States: battlefield chatter from an ambush in Afghanistan, in which twelve U.S. Army Rangers and a British medical team died. Most of the Taliban voices are Afghan; however, the voice of the commander bears an Irish accent. The idea that one of their own could be responsible for such a massacre is appalling, and Sean Dillon is put in charge of hunting down the traitor
A secret kept by Tatiana de Rosnay( Recording )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To reconnect 30 years after their mother's death, siblings Antoine and Melanie spend the weekend on Noirmoutier Island, a favorite childhood vacation spot. However, on the drive back to Paris, painful memories leave Melanie distracted, causing her to crash. At the hospital, Antoine uncovers a dark family secret, leaving both siblings questioning their childhoods and their mother's past
Master and commander by Patrick O'Brian( )

14 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First in the series of Jack Aubrey novels. Establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars
Prince Lestat by Anne Rice( Recording )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<p>A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return . . . From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology--a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller.<br> <br> "What can we do but reach for the embrace that must now <br> contain both heaven and hell: our doom again and again and <br> again . .
The king's speech [how one man saved the British monarchy] by Mark Logue( Recording )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Albert, Duke of York began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse. The amiable Logue gave the shy young Duke the skills and the confidence to stand and deliver before a crowd. And when his elder brother, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry for love, 'Bertie' was able to assume the reins of power as King George VI
A spot of bother by Mark Haddon( Recording )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Hall's comfortable retirement is shattered by the madness of family life as he and his family prepare for his daughter Katie's wedding
The little stranger by Sarah Waters( Recording )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall, the residence of the Ayres family for more than two centuries. Its owners, mother, son and daughter, are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as conflicts of their own. But the Ayreses are haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert( Recording )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this third installment, the sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered, and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone. But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet's economy. Leto and Ghanima, Paul Atreides's twin children and his heirs, can see possible solutions--but fanatics begin to challenge the rule of the all-powerful Atreides empire, and more than economic disaster threatens
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming( Recording )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the Casino in Deauville, Bond's game is baccarat-for stakes that run into millions of francs. But away from the discreet salons, the caviar and champagne, it's 007 versus one of Russia's most powerful and ruthless agents-and the prize is a bullet in the head from a S.M.E.R.S.H. assassin
Man's search for ultimate meaning by Viktor E Frankl( Recording )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of Viktor Frankl's struggle to hold on to hope during the unspeakable horrors of his years as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps. Frankl's training as a psychiatrist informed every waking moment of his ordeal and lent him a remarkable perspective on the psychology of survival. As a result of these experiences, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning. Frankl's assertion that "the will to meaning" is the basic motivation for human life has forever changed the way we understand our humanity in the face of suffering. This revised and updated version includes a new postscript: "The Case for a Tragic Optimism."
A long way down by Nick Hornby( Recording )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances
Assegai by Wilbur A Smith( Recording )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the eve of the World War I, ex-soldier turned professional hunter Leon Courtney is recruited by his uncle Penrod Ballantyne, commander of the British forces in East Africa, to gather information on one of his clients, Count Otto von Meerbach, and soon finds himself left alone to frustrate von Meerbach's plan to wipe out the British forces in Africa
Dune by Frank Herbert( Recording )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first book of the Dune chronicles is set on the desert planet Arrakis and begins with the story of Maud'dib, a hero who will guide his great family in establishing the perfect society
Born on a blue day a memoir by Daniel Tammet( Recording )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An autistic savant with genius-level mathematical talents describes how he was shunned by his classmates in spite of his super-human capacity for math and language and offers insight into how he experiences the world
Dune messiah by Frank Herbert( Recording )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dune messiah" picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: Do all paths of glory lead to the grave?
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The girl who kicked the hornet's nest [a novel]
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The girl with the dragon tattooThe girl who played with firePortrait of a spyThe Judas gateA secret keptMaster and commanderThe king's speech [how one man saved the British monarchy]A spot of bother