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Vance, Simon

Works: 689 works in 3,229 publications in 1 language and 108,259 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Ghost stories  Psychological fiction  Naval history  Biography  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Personal narratives  Sea stories  Domestic fiction 
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 )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 2,740 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

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone in her own family, the deeply dysfunctional Vanger clan. Journalist Mikael is hired to investigate
The girl who played with fire by Stieg Larsson( Recording )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 2,603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The electrifying follow-up to the phenomenal best seller The girl with the dragon tattoo ("an intelligent, ingeniously plotted, utterly engrossing thriller"--The Washington post), and this time it is Lisbeth Salander, the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker, who is the focus and fierce heart of the story
Bring up the bodies [a novel] by Hilary Mantel( Recording )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,498 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?"--
Portrait of a spy by Daniel Silva( Recording )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,444 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
The Judas gate by Jack Higgins( Recording )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A disturbing tape has made its way to British intelligence, and from them to the new 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 the traitor
A secret kept by Tatiana de Rosnay( Recording )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 990 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( )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 912 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
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert( Recording )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 791 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
A spot of bother by Mark Haddon( Recording )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 789 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 king's speech [how one man saved the British monarchy] by Mark Logue( Recording )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 774 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
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming( Recording )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 727 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 handsof a master sadist
A long way down by Nick Hornby( Recording )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 720 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
Man's search for ultimate meaning by Viktor E Frankl( Recording )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 714 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."
Assegai by Wilbur A Smith( Recording )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 706 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 messiah by Frank Herbert( Recording )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 691 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?
Dune by Frank Herbert( Recording )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 670 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 anatomist's apprentice by Tessa Harris( )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The murder of a nobleman in eighteenth-century England leaves a grieving sister and little else. However, when Lady Farrell's husband is suspect in the murder of her brother, she seeks the help of Dr. Silkstone. Dr. Silkstone is a pioneer of forensic detection whose methods have left him an outsider. He agrees to examine the corpse but the keenest blade he will need is his intellect
The little stranger by Sarah Waters( Recording )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 633 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
Prince Lestat by Anne Rice( Recording )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 605 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 . .
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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 commanderChildren of DuneA spot of bother