It began with the Dragon Tattoo…

girl_with_dragon_tattoo_227x226From AudioFile Magazine:
Two complex stories are woven seamlessly together—first, the mysterious disappearance 20 years ago of the daughter of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, and second, a tale of financial corruption and libel. Mikael Blomkvist, investigative journalist, and Lisbeth Salander, a genius hacker with a past, are the two central characters, with many more playing important parts. Simon Vance is outstanding, as is his narration. His voices are so natural and fit so well with their characters that the listener is completely transported into the story. Despite an unhurried tempo, the book never bogs down as the plot is untangled thread by thread. This production exemplifies an extraordinary match between book and narrator. S.S.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2008

From AudioFile magazine:
Fair warning: Once begun, you will not be able to stop listening to this audiobook. So prepare to spend a lot of sleepless time with fabulous narrator Simon Vance and amazing Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. This sequel to Larsson’s critically acclaimed bestseller, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, which Vance also narrated, reunites us with Lisbeth Salander—asocial genius and hacker—and Mikael Blomkvist—publisher of a national newsmagazine. Just as the magazine is about to publish a name-dropping exposé on sex trafficking, its authors are murdered. Lisbeth’s fingerprints are on the murder weapon. Vance’s reading of the breathless plot is faultless. The narrative is warm and enticing; the violence quick and crisp; the characters informatively voiced and unmistakable. Go ahead: listen. Who needs sleep? A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2009

From Publisher’s Weekly:
The exhilarating conclusion to bestseller Larsson’s Millennium trilogy (after The Girl Who Played with Fire) finds Lisbeth Salander, the brilliant computer hacker who was shot in the head in the final pages of Fire, alive, though still the prime suspect in three murders in Stockholm. While she convalesces under armed guard, journalist Mikael Blomkvist works to unravel the decades-old coverup surrounding the man who shot Salander: her father, Alexander Zalachenko, a Soviet intelligence defector and longtime secret asset to Säpo, Sweden’s security police. Estranged throughout Fire, Blomkvist and Salander communicate primarily online, but their lack of physical interaction in no way diminishes the intensity of their unconventional relationship. Though Larsson (1954–2004) tends toward narrative excess, his was an undeniably powerful voice in crime fiction that will be sorely missed. 500,000 first printing. (May)
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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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