Narrator Simon Vance is the critically acclaimed narrator of over 800 audiobooks, winner of 53 AudioFile Earphones Awards, and a twelve-time Audie® Award recipient. Simon was named a "Golden Voice" by Audiofile Magazine, and Booklist Magazine named him its very first "Voice of Choice". Some of his best-selling and most critically acclaimed performances include Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (An Audie winner and of which the author herself said: “No author could hope for a more faithful and imaginative audio version”), and Rod: The Autobiography by Rod Stewart (who tweeted: “It’s hilarious. The tone of his voice is perfect!”). Other well-known titles include The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series (all 21 titles), Frank Herbert’s original Dune series, and Stieg Larsson’s Milennium series of books (beginning with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
Simon Vance narrated the ground breaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars by international bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay, as well as Guy Gavriel Kay's new book Children of Earth and Sky, set in a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe. Simon Vance also narrated 2016 Audie Award finalist In Search of Sir Thomas Browne: The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century's Most Inquiring Mind by Hugh Aldersey-Williams.
Simon's next narration project is Alan Moore’s new novel, Jerusalem, which at one million words is 200,000 words longer than the Bible. How is Simon preparing for this massive undertaking, set for release September 15?
"As the chosen narrator there’s always a responsibility to find a true connection to the book. Jerusalem portrays the heart of England, the author’s home town of Northampton, so the best research I can think of is actually going there to meet the author, and the city itself."
To the right is a picture of Simon Vance and Alan Moore taken by Simon during his trip to Northampton in June.
In addition to his extensive narration work, Simon also worked for many years as a BBC Radio presenter and newsreader in London and he currently splits his time between the SF Bay Area and Los Angeles where he recently appeared in Criminal Minds for CBS.
Q&A's with Simon Vance:
Recorded Books: When did you narrate your first audiobook?
Simon Vance: 1983
RB: Favorite type of character/accent to narrate?
SV: Working class Brit - preferably Dickensian
RB: What was your last/favorite non-audiobook gig?
RB: Who is your celebrity crush?
SV: Neil Gaiman
RB: What is your favorite book/TV show/movie?
SV: The Decemberists
RB: List 5 adjectives to describe yourself.
SV: Old - Greying - Impatient - Cranky - Dedicated
RB: What is your life motto?
SV: Do it!
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