The Moonraker project has a millionaire backer, the war hero Sir Hugo Drax - who cheats at cards. With a ballistic rocket at stake, his exposure could threaten Britain's latest defence system. James Bond is asked to investigate. Moving from London's most exclusive gambling club to a missile silo on the Channel coast, 007 and his Special Branch assistant Gala Brand soon discover there is more to Drax than meets the eye. Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Bill Nighy.
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What a superb audiobook. Brilliant story, great writing and a great narrator.
I have listened to all the James Bond books on audible and have reviewed each separately, but Moonraker is undoubtedly my favourite. The momentum is unstoppable, and the way the bridge game between Drax - the villain - and Bond is described and narrated is one of the most spell binding there is.
I thought Bill Nighy's style might be too laid back for James Bond, but not so. He is faultless as is his judgement of pace and the way the tension is racked up. The book adapts so well to audio and with a a narrator like this, well it reminds me why I like listening to audiobooks so much.
This is a fantastic edition wonderfully read by Bill Nighy. His narrative really enhances the story.
Any of the other Bond novels.
His style of delivery and interpretation was superb. I was itching to listen to the next part.
Forget the movie, watch the real deal.
Forget the movie, this book is so much better and believable than the movie. The story is gripping and the novel James Bond is more realistic and you can see where Daniel Craig took his interpretation of his character from.
This was the first James Bond book which I ever read and this was in the early sixties before he became a film star. The action is a little dated now and the winnings at the bridge table are by today's standards healthy but in the time the book was written it was an absolute fortune, about 10 year's salary. The book still makes good reading and allows for lots of nostalgia.
I'm really enjoying this series of the original Bonds, I haven't experienced any of the audio issues mentioned in the other review and I think Bill Nighy does a great job.
Very poor quality download, persistent echo, and slow speech. I'm trying the enhanced version now, but not usually a problem with the normal version.
"Wonderful Reading of a Classic Story"
This is a superb presentation by Bill Nighy of this classic early James Bond tale. The story itself is rather comically dated in terms values and culture we are after all a long way from the early 1960's. However in terms of a ripping yarn superbly presented you really couldn't go much better than this. Bill Nighy covers all the characters superbly, giving each one life without ever entering into parody. I look forward to investigating others in this series, all read by experienced actors which make such works a pleasure.
"I like it"
Realistic boys own adventure where JB doesn't always gets who he wants but saves the day. A fun listen even though Bill Nighy is a little different to the other narrators. Come to think of it, should super spies play Bridge?
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