Waiting for Simon Vance

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.


  • At 2010.05.21 17:13, caite@a lovely shore breeze said:

    sadly, I am not a fan of audio books, and actually, with Larsson’s books and those Swedish names, I would be lost. I have a visual mind and need to see them…

    But I must say I LOVED this book, as I think I hinted at in my review and I am sure you and Lizbeth and Mr. Lance will be very happy together.

    • At 2010.05.21 17:51, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

      I love that you save that tweet – that must be a serious narrator crush. I got A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon from the library simply because it’s read by Simon Vance after seeing you and Sandy swoon over him. Sadly, I haven’t had time to listen to it yet.

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      • At 2010.05.21 18:06, Marg said:

        The publishing world puzzles me some times. This book was released here in Australia last September or October! I have read it and loved it, but I am thinking that listening to them on audio would be fun too!

        My narrator crush was on Barbara Rosenblat who narrates Elizabeth Peters books, and I was thrilled when she contacted me!

        On another note I went to see the movie of the first book this week and thought it was really quite good. Graphic, but I guess you need to expect that if you have read the books. The actress who played Lisbeth was really, really good!

        • At 2010.05.22 01:58, Rebecca said:

          I have a narrator crush on him, too!! I think he should narrate all audio books. He’s just amazing. I haven’t gotten to The Girl Who Played with Fire yet, but I am always thinking about it. I wonder if the library has gotten it yet, it hadn’t a couple months ago. Sooo slow!

          • At 2010.05.22 07:44, Sandy said:

            Ack! I got all tingly and squishy-feeling seeing that tweet again. I’ll wait forever Simon! Forever! Or in my case, I am #3 in line for the audio from the library, so I may have to wait a week or two. At that point, life as we know it will stop, I will lock myself up in my closet, and the kids will just have to fend for themselves. After that, I’m thinking about starting a challenge for myself to listen to all of Vance’s audios. So I’ll never lose that loving feeling.

            • At 2010.05.22 08:32, Jennifer said:

              Caite, I get really frustrated by foreign words I can’t pronounce, so the audio book for this one was a very good thing. 🙂

              Kathy, not only is Simon Vance the BOMB, that Mark Haddon novel is a fun read to boot. I give them both a hearty thumbs up. 🙂

              Marg, I’ll keep Barbara Rosenblat in mind as a great narrator the next time I’ve got Audible credits and no place to put them.

              Rebecca and Sandy, I wholeheartedly agree with you that Simon Vance should narrate all audio books and that it would be a fun challenge to listen to all of his audio books. I saw that he’s narrated some of the classics like Dickens. Wouldn’t that be a great way to re-read those books?

              • At 2010.05.24 09:02, Stephanie said:

                I just finished Hornet’s Nest over the weekend. SO GOOD. I don’t blame you for waiting for the audio though. My dad is in the same boat–he listened to the first two but once he saw I had the third one in print, he was all over it. I tried to convince him to wait so I could give him the audio version for father’s day!!

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                • At 2010.05.25 00:20, Lisa said:

                  Holy smokes! Narration so good that you could hold off on reading that ARC? I’m going to have to look for books read by Vance.

                  • At 2010.05.26 04:28, Zee said:

                    As someone who has read all the books in the original language I have to agree with the narrator. It is sooooooo good! 😀 Enjoy your listening

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