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Simon Vance

Simon Vance

Hugo Award Winner

Simon Vance is the critically acclaimed narrator of approximately 400 audiobooks, winner of forty-one AudioFile Earphones Awards, and a six-time Audies recipient. He was the winner of the 2012 Audie Awards for Best Male Narrator, the 2011 Best Voice in Biography and History, and the 2010 Best Voice in fiction by AudioFile magazine. Audiofile magazine named him a Golden Voice, and Booklist magazine named him a Voice of Choice.
 
Recently, Vance narrated Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (a 2013 Audie Awards winner), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (winner of two 2013 Audie awards), and Benjamin Hoff’s The Tao of Pooh by (winner of one 2013 Audie Awards and two nominations). Some of his best-selling and most critically acclaimed performances include Mark Logue and Peter Conradi’s The King's Speech, Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, all 21 titles of Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series, Frank Herbert’s original Dune series and Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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  • David Whitley on The Midnight Charter

    Author David Whitley speaks about The Midnight Charter

  • Book Trailer for Assegai by Wilbur Smith

    A book trailer for bestselling author Wilbur Smith's thriller, Assegai.

  • Hilary Mantel on 'Bring Up the Bodies'

    Hilary Mantel talks about her newest book 'Bring Up the Bodies,' the sequel to her Man Booker Prize-winning novel "Wolf Hall.' 'Bring Up the Bodies' delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.

  • Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Tatiana de Rosnay's novel A Secret Kept. This stunning new novel from the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Sarah's Key plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present.

  • Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Jostein Gaarder's novel Sophie's World. One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, with one question on each: Who are you? and Where does the world come from? From that strange—but irresistible—beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with these and other questions that explore matters both small and large, some that take her mind far beyond what she knows of her family and life in her Norwegian village.

  • Assegai by Wilbur Smith--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Wilbur Smith's adventure novel Assegai, part of his saga about the Courtney family. Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the master of the historical novel. Now, in Assegai, he takes readers on an unforgettable African adventure set against the gathering clouds of war. It is 1913 and Leon Courtney, an ex-soldier turned professional hunter in British East Africa, guides the rich and powerful from America and Europe on big-game safaris. Leon had never sought fame,

  • The Quest by Wilbur Smith--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Wilbur Smith's novel The Quest. New York Times bestselling author Wilbur Smith returns with the eagerly awaited next installment in his thrilling Egyptian series. Following on from River God, The Seventh Scroll, and Warlock, The Quest continues the story of the Warlock, Taita, wise in the lore of the ancient Gods and a master of magic and the supernatural. Egypt is struck by a series of terrible plagues that cripple the Kingdom, and then the ultimate disaster follow

  • Dune by Frank Herbert--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel Dune, narrated by Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Simon Vance and cast. Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib.

  • Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Frank Herbert's science fiction novel Dune Messiah, read byScott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and Simon Vance. The bestselling science fiction series of all time continues! This second installment explores new developments on the desert planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and its strange threatening environment.

  • Children of Dune by Frank Herbert--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Frank Herbert's science fiction novel Children of Dune, narrated by Simon Vance, Scott Brick and others. The bestselling sci-fi series of all time continues! 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.

  • God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Frank Herbert's science fiction novel God Emperor of Dune, read by Simon Vance, Scott Brick, and Katherine Kellgren. More than three thousand years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune.

  • The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Zachary Mason's novel The Lost Books of the Odyssey. This brilliant and beguiling debut novel reimagines Homer's classic story of the hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy. With brilliant prose, terrific imagination, and dazzling literary skill, Mason creates alternative episodes, fragments, and revisions of Homer's original that taken together open up this classic Greek myth to endless reverberating interpretations.

  • The Holy Thief by William Ryan--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from William Ryan's mystery novel The Holy Thief. Moscow, 1936, and Stalin's Great Terror is just beginning. In a church, a woman is found dead, her body on display. Captain Alexei Korolev of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia is assigned, but the NKVD is watching and exile is a real possibility. Committed to the case, Korolev enters the realm of the Thieves, rulers of Moscow's underworld.

  • The Midnight Charter by David Whitley--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from David Whitley's children's fantasy novel The Midnight Charter. In a society based on trade, where everything can be bought and sold, the future rests on the secrets of a single document-and the lives of two children whose destiny it is to discover its secrets. In this spellbinding novel, newcomer David Whitley has imagined a nation at a crossroads: misshaped by materialism and facing a choice about its future.

  • The Religion by Tim Willocks--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Tim Willocks' novel The Religion, Book One of The Tannhauser Triology. From the first page of this epic account of the last great medieval conflict between East and West, it is clear we are in the hands of a master. Not since James Clavell has a novelist so powerfully and assuredly plunged readers headlong into another place and time.

  • Hilary Mantel Interviewed on NPR's Weekend Edition

    Hilary Mantel discusses Bring Up The Bodies on NPR's Weekend Edition.

  • Hilary Mantel interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air

    Hilary Mantel discusses her Man Booker Prize winning novel, Bring Up The Bodies, on NPR's Fresh Air.

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