James Bond is targeted for elimination by SMERSH, and the malevolent Colonel Rosa Klebb has set a trap in Istanbul. The bait is the Spektor decoding machine, which is to be delivered by the irresistible Tatiana Romanova. The assassin is Red Grant, a psychopath who has defected from the West. Bond and Tatiana become pawns in a game of cross and double-cross that reaches its deadly finale on the Orient Express.
Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Toby Stephens.
Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952 at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.
Toby Stephens' expansive list of credits in film, theatre and television have earned him critical acclaim as a stage and screen actor of distinction. He will soon reprise his role as Captain Flint in the second season of Starz's drama Black Sails, and recently starred in the critically acclaimed Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End. Other theatre credits include Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing at London's Old Vic Theatre and Ibsen's Doll's House at the Donmar Warehouse. On film he played Gustav Graves in the James Bond movie Die Another Day.
©1957 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd (P)2013 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. © AudioGO Ltd, 2012. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under licence by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd
"Highly polished, irresistible." (Sunday Times)
"Mr. Fleming is in a class by himself." (Daily Mail)
"Mr. Fleming...has never concocted a richer brew." (New Yorker)
"Fleming is intensely observant, acutely literate and can turn a cliché into a silk purse with astute alchemy." (New York Herald Tribune)
"Fleming's tautest, most exciting and most brilliant tale." (Times Literary Supplement)
I usually choose an audio book because of the narrator not the author, so having seen the movie of “From Russia With Love” I felt this would be an easy choice, albeit not a very adventurous one. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The book contains much more depth, some fascinating characters that never made it to film, and a completely side to Bond which makes him much more fallible, vulnerable and therefore interesting as the central figure. Toby Stephens is excellent as always. He provides light and shade to the characters and his narration adds tension to the plot without ever seeming OTT. Well worth a try.
Much has obviously been written elsewhere about the history of Agent 007 in literay and filmic terms and will be written again through the future in all forms. I read the majority of the original James Bond books in my later school years before college with the exceptions of Man With The Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me and loved them from day one.
As such when I heard of the Bond Reloaded series I was very enthusiastic and based on what I just finished, I was right to be so. I picked FRWL based on it having been read by Toby Stevens who read Carte Blanche - One of the best parts of that also excellent audiobook.
Despite taking a while to get used once again to the familliar Fleming writing style I fell in love all over again. I was particularly partial to the accents given to Darko which makes the character seem like the kind of person I would love to know in that world and Rosa Kleb, the "Toad" of SMERSH.
I plan to go through them all eventually but before I go, I must say this. Thank you Mr Fleming for many days of happy reading. Bravo. An excelent release. Please buy this and the others if you can, Well worth your money.
A great story skilfully constructed and brilliantly written by Ian Fleming, it is superbly narrated by Toby Stephens and is guaranteed to enthrall and excite the listener. The film was one of the best of the Bond series but it pales when set beside the book which is so much better. And what a superb cast of characters - Red Grant, the chilling Irish-German psychotic killer: Darko Karim Bey, the head of Station T in Istanbul; the poisonous (in every sense!) Colonel Rosa Klebb of SMERSH; the beautiful and seductive Tatiana Romanova; Bond himself, of course - all brought brilliantly to life through the skill of Fleming's writing and Toby Stephen's excellent narration.This is outstanding and thrilling entertainment and is highly recommended.
Loved this audiobook as not only am I a massive James Bond fan but also love Toby Stephens! He tells the story so well with his really soothing voice and very good accents you forget it's still him reading it! Could listen to it over and over!
Pure escapism, brought to life by superb narration and characterization. It's about time we had unabridged versions of Ian Fleming's masterpieces; anything less is a travesty.
Love audio, love Audible, it feeds my addiction. Family life and work prevent reading anymore.
Classic bygone age
Bond, naturally. Such a stark contrast to the bad guys and, in particular, Grant. A really affectionate portrayal of Kerim Bey, more so than the movie.
The Orient Express featuring more substantially than in the movie.
The death of Kerim.
What I found amazing was that Bond doesn't feature for the first 11 chapters. The back story of Grant and the Russians was really fascinating and makes a lot more sense than the movie. I watched the movie after I listened to the book and it is still difficult to follow the movie at various points owing to the introduction of SPECTRE for the movie. Read the original. Enjoy the Orient Express featuring more centrally.
Toby Stephens is the voice of 007 and of the age.
This is the best of the bunch AudioGo have released.
The fight on the Orient Express
In common with the other 007 stories - there is sex and violence but little or no romance. The emotional engagement is visceral rather than sentimental - I get excited rather than moved from these stories and this one in particular.
I love listening to Audible when I'm walking to work. I like a lot of different types of fiction, and promise to review more!
Out of the 6 original Bond books I've read / listened to, From Russia With Love is definitely the best. Toby Stephens does a great job on the narration, utilising a whole range of accents and tones. The story cracks along at a great pace and there's even a nifty cliffhanger which I wasn't expecting!
I bought 'From Russia With Love' as I love the Bond films and needed a audio book. I was a little unsure of whether I would enjoy the book as I had grown up with the movies. However I was amazed by the beautiful way the book was written, enhanced by the wonderful voice of Toby Stephens. The imagery in the book was brought to life in every sentence and was even better than the film!
Toby's narration was brilliant, you couldn't ask for a better narrator in a Ian Fleming book. His voice just melts the time away and you can't help but want to continue with listening to the audio book. The book is truly complimented by the voice of Toby, its almost as if Toby was meant to be the narrator of 'From Russia With Love'.
All in all, a brilliant audio book, and I would recommend that anyone buys this book, whether you like James Bond or not, its a brilliant book.
"A classical Bond in an elegant style"
I will return with pleasure to this audio, for the perfume of that times so well described in the book and most of all, for the incredible voice of Toby Stephens.
The book has some of the best ingredients for success : espionage, mystery, love story, friendship, travelling with one of the most romantic conveyance - the Orient Express
His outstanding performance took me in the middle of the story, mixing drama, mystery and feelings with extraordinary easiness. Listening to this audio book with all his old fashioned characters, impersonated by Toby Stephens with so much style and depth, it's a literary experience which turns into a personal one and that is why you will always want to return.
I have had many moments when I hardly stopped the device.
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