Next week Tuesday is a day I’ve been waiting for since, oh, I don’t know… the minute I finished Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played with Fire narrated by Simon Vance. The final novel featuring Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander is released on May 25th and I’m chomping at the bit to sit and listen away. Patience is one (of the many) virtues in which I am lacking. I didn’t have to be in this situation. Knopf sent me an ARC, but that caused a conundrum of its own.
I took part in the Tattoo You contest that Knopf put together for the release of Stieg Larsson’s second novel in his Millennium series, The Girl Who Played with Fire. The first X number of bloggers to sign up to host for this contest would receive an ARC of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I had forgotten about that until my ARC copy arrived in the mail sometime in February. You might be asking yourself why this is a conundrum at all. Well, I had listened to the first two novels in audio narrated by Simon Vance. Since that first experience with him as a narrator, I’ve gotten hooked on audio books in general and his narration in specific. As much as I wanted to know what happened to Lisbeth, who we last left near death at her @sshole father’s secluded home, would I really want to experience it “alone?” Listening to Simon Vance narrate is, in my opinion, one of the best types of reading experiences out there. What to do? What to do?
The afternoon that the ARC arrived, I tweeted about it – something to the effect of “Read my ARC of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest or wait for Simon Vance?” I received responses ranging from “I don’t know,” “I’d read the ARC NOW,” or, “Wait for the audio & send me the ARC.” Later that evening I saw an email that I had received a DM from SimVan. When I saw that notice, I instantly felt flushed and tingly all over like I do when I find out something wonderful (i.e. when I did that I found out that Emma’s birthmother selected us or when I saw the positive sign on the pregnancy test for Allison). Could it really be true? Could The Simon Vance have DMd me? See for yourself:
The man, for whom I openly have a narrator-crush, asked me to wait for him. How could I not? Now it didn’t escape my notice that he made the wait even that much more unbearable by telling me how good it is. Sadist! That must be why his narration is spot on. LOL!
Back to the Present…
I preordered the audio book from Audible.com last night. A benefit of preordering was receiving a 32 minutes sneak peak from the audio book. I loaded it on my MP3 player and listened to it on my way in to work. Knowing full well that it was just a short snipit to tide me over until Tuesday, when it stopped, I said, “WTF? Seriously, you had to cut this off here?” Can I just say that it is INCREDIBLE? Not that I ever doubted it, but Simon Vance was definitely worth the wait. Can I hold on for a few more days? I suppose I have to. Once I have that hot little audio book loaded on my MP3 player, you can forget about hearing from me. I don’t know why I’m in such a hurry to get it. I’m never going to want it to end.