About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.
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Challenges

I’m already facing an interesting challenge that requires me to develop better work practices… Hmmm… “better work practices”. How about developing any work practices! It may come as a revelation that I’m actually a very casual ‘worker’. I don’t do well with ‘structures’ and I hate dogma. You know the kind of thing: There is […]

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Hey, Ho! Here we go…

Well, well, well. It’s been a while since I put pen to paper in this grand cause of blogging (or two clumsy fingers to computer keyboard, to be more precise). People with a long memory may recall that for a while I had as my by-line up above “Audibook narrator, actor, and blogger” – I’ve allowed the blogger bit to fall by the wayside over the last few years (which is why I removed it). Well… I’m back!

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The Wonderling by Mira Bartók

In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks his destiny. Have you been unexpectedly burdened by a recently orphaned or unclaimed creature? Worry not! We […]

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Soho Dead by Greg Keen

Kenny Gabriel is three years away from turning sixty, has forty-three quid in the bank and is occasionally employed to find people who would rather not be found. Broke, clientless and depressed, he knows things can’t get much worse. Then he’s summoned to the office of London media magnate Frank Parr, whose daughter, Harry, is […]

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The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

From the author of the number one international best seller The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the new book in the Millennium series, which began with Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others […]

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Adolfo Kaminsky by Sarah Kaminsky, Mike Mitchell [Trans.]

Here is the Earphone award winning AudioFile magazine review: The skill of Simon Vance, narrator of this audiobook, is his ability to take a memoir that opens during the French Resistance in WWII and fully capture its suspense-filled drama. Adolfo Kaminsky, the daring and heroic document forger, helped hundreds of Jewish families escape Occupied France […]

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Back to Christmas by Dennis Canfield

Here is the Earphone award winning AudioFile magazine review: Gleefully performed by Simon Vance, this quirky and charming Christmas tale is as good as it gets. Who knew that some of Santa’s elves are Irish, others North American, and at least one is Scandinavian? “Of course!” one thinks as this grin-worthy story about the Krumwerth […]

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Jerusalem by Alan Moore

Here’s a monument to a place, a people, a writer whom too many have dismissed as “a mere graphic novelist,” and a narrator who provides the author’s text with all it deserves.

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Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard

Simon Vance’s full-throttle narration is one of the many delights in this rousing biography of Winston Churchill’s youthful escapades in the Boer War.

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Black Prism by Brent Weeks

The first book in the blockbuster fantasy epic from New York Times bestselling author Brent Weeks. THE BLACK PRISM begins an action-packed tale of magic and adventure . . . Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are […]

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