Most widely held works by Simon Vance
The girl who kicked the hornet's nest [a novel by Stieg Larsson ( Recording )
8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,716 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 who played with fire by Stieg Larsson ( Recording )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,657 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. But he has no idea just how explosive the story will be until, on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander--the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson ( Recording )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,626 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 Judas gate by Jack Higgins ( Recording )
11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 834 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 long way down by Nick Hornby ( Recording )
8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 689 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.
A secret kept by Tatiana de Rosnay ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 677 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.
A spot of bother by Mark Haddon ( Recording )
8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 663 libraries worldwide
George Hall is an unobtrusive man. A little distant, perhaps, a little cautious, not quite at ease with the emotional demands of fatherhood or of manly bonhomie. "The secret of contentment, George felt, lay in ignoring many things completely." Some things in life can't be ignored, however: his tempestuous daughter Katie's deeply inappropriate boyfriend Ray, for instance, or the sudden appearance of a red circular rash on his hip.
Master and commander by Patrick O'Brian ( Recording )
10 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 642 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.
Portrait of a spy by Daniel Silva ( Recording )
4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 615 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.
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming ( Recording )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 590 libraries worldwide
007 takes on Le Chiffre, a French communist and paymaster of the Soviet murder organization SMERSH, as the suave agent becomes involved in a high-stakes game of baccarat, enjoys a fiery love affair with a sexy female spy, and endures torture at the hands of a master sadist.
The little stranger by Sarah Waters ( Recording )
14 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 577 libraries worldwide
An eerie tale set in post-World War II rural Britain. When Dr. Faraday, a Warwickshire physician, pays a visit to the Ayres family at their Hundreds Hall estate, he unknowingly enters a wickedly haunted house. His life soon becomes entwined with a family plagued by a terrifying past.
Dune by Frank Herbert ( Recording )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 561 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.
Assegai by Wilbur A Smith ( Recording )
8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 547 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.
The quest by Wilbur A Smith ( Recording )
9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 529 libraries worldwide
Egypt has been struck by a series of terrible plagues, killing its crops and crippling its people. Then the ultimate disaster befalls the kingdom. The Nile fails. The waters that nourish and sustain the land dry up. Something catastrophic is taking place in the distant and totally unexplored depths of Africa, from where the mighty river springs. In desperation the Pharaoh sends Taita, the only man who might be able to find his way through the hazardous territory to the source of the Nile and discover the cause of all their woes. But not even Taita can have any idea of what a terrible enemy waits in ambush in those dark lands at the end of their world.
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert ( Recording )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 518 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.
The fourth bear [a nursery crime by Jasper Fforde ( Recording )
6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 517 libraries worldwide
The psychopathic Gingerbreadman is leaving bodies in his wake, but Jack Spratt and Mary Mary can't investigate. They have to track down reporter Henrietta "Goldy" Hatchett, last seen alive by the Three Bears (but was there a fourth?)-- Library Journal.
Born on a blue day a memoir by Daniel Tammet ( Recording )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 506 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.
Man's search for meaning by Viktor Emil Frankl ( Recording )
14 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 505 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."
The prestige by Christopher Priest ( Recording )
12 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 473 libraries worldwide
A 19th Century feud between two English stage magicians. Their rivalry centers over instant displacement by electricity from one end of a stage to the other, the contest degenerating into dirty tricks. Told from the perspective of their descendants, a man and a woman. By the author of The Glamour.
Post captain by Patrick O'Brian ( Recording )
12 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 434 libraries worldwide
In 1803, Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, R.N., taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtor's prison, and from a possible mutiny and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French held harbor.
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