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Vance, Simon

Overview
Works: 848 works in 3,971 publications in 1 language and 110,989 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  History  Ghost stories  Suspense fiction  Psychological fiction  Naval history  Biography  Personal narratives  Paranormal fiction 
Roles: Narrator, Performer
Classifications: PT9876.22.A6933, 823.914
Publication Timeline
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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 2,737 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 )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 2,663 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 )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 2,609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The electrifying follow-up to the phenomenal best seller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The girl in the spider's web by David Lagercrantz( Recording )

14 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this adrenaline-charged thriller, genius-hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist face a dangerous new threat and must again join forces. Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a trusted source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female super hacker-a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering.Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Lisbeth for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda
Portrait of a spy by Daniel Silva( Recording )

25 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 1,515 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 )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,364 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 )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A disturbing tape has made its way to British intelligence and from them to the new President of the United Sates: battlefield chatter from an ambush in Afghanistan, in which twelve U.S. Army Rangers and a British medical team died. 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
The king's speech [how one man saved the British monarchy] by Mark Logue( Recording )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 934 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 secret kept by Tatiana de Rosnay( Recording )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 908 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
Prince Lestat by Anne Rice( Recording )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 897 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 . .
Master and commander by Patrick O'Brian( Recording )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and held by 852 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
Dune by Frank Herbert( Recording )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 734 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
The little stranger by Sarah Waters( Recording )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member 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
Man's search for meaning by Viktor E Frankl( Recording )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 723 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."
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert( Recording )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 709 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 )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member 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
A spot of bother by Mark Haddon( Recording )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At 61, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden, reading historical novels and listening to a bit of light jazz. Then his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting re-married, to the deeply inappropriate Ray. Katie's mother Jean is a bit put out by all the planning and arguing the wedding has occasioned, which get in the way of her quite fulfilling late-life affair with one of her husband's ex-colleagues. Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind. The way these damaged people fall apart - and come together - as a family is the true subject of Haddon's disturbing yet amusing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely
A long way down by Nick Hornby( Recording )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 680 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
The other story by Tatiana de Rosnay( Recording )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Nicholas was 24 years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family. In shock, he embarked on a journey to uncover the truth, but the answers wouldn't come easily. In the process of digging into his past, he began writing a novel that was met with phenomenal success, and was convinced he'd put his family's past behind him. But years later, Nicolas must reexamine everything he thought he knew, and learns that, however deeply buried, the secrets of the past always find a way out
Assegai by Wilbur A Smith( Recording )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 619 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
 
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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 gateThe king's speech [how one man saved the British monarchy]A secret keptMaster and commanderDune