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On Her Majesty's Secret Service (with Interview) | [Ian Fleming]

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (with Interview)

In his Alpine base, Blofeld is developing biological weapons that will devastate Britain. Unaware of the danger, James Bond is about to get married to Teresa di Vicenzo, the daughter of a Corsican Mafioso. But then he is sent to Switzerland. Bond's marriage and Blofeld's schemes disintegrate in a blizzard of gunfire and high explosive from which neither man emerges the victor. Includes an exclusive bonus interview with David Tennant.
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Publisher's Summary

In his Alpine base, Blofeld is developing biological weapons that will devastate Britain. Unaware of the danger, James Bond is about to get married to Teresa di Vicenzo, the daughter of a Corsican Mafioso. But then he is sent to Switzerland. Bond's marriage and Blofeld's schemes disintegrate in a blizzard of gunfire and high explosive from which neither man emerges the victor. Includes an exclusive bonus interview with David Tennant.

©1963 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.

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    CowPoncho CARDIFF, United Kingdom 03/01/2013
    CowPoncho CARDIFF, United Kingdom 03/01/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it"

    Listened to this with the family on the dread Christmas journey, which takes four hours. They asked for it to be put on as soon as we started the journey home - praise indeed! David Tennant really brings the book to life with an astonishing array of accents, and Ian Fleming's attention to detail when describing cars, action or people was excellent. Almost thought I was in France in a white Lancia instead of rain-sodden Britain in a Volvo (sigh...)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Carter Hastings, East Sussex United Kingdom 29/12/2012
    Matt Carter Hastings, East Sussex United Kingdom 29/12/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "If you love Bond you will love this."

    David Tennant narrates this book so well. When you hear this audio book you will realise just how good the original stories are.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Aberdeen, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Ray Aberdeen, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Much better than the film"

    One of the best Bond stories ever penned, Bond at his gritty best with real dram & excitement, fantastically narrated!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mark 25/12/2012
    mark 25/12/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Book better than the film"

    I enjoy the 007 films and just started listening to the book it's better than the film

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    sunny bunny 08/07/2014
    sunny bunny 08/07/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, David Tennant is a v engaging narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to On Her Majesty's Secret Service (with Interview) the most enjoyable?

    My first bond book ever heard/read.
    Felt d book is much more engaging and human than d movies.
    Narration was great!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ian Fleming? Why or why not?

    Book better than movie for sure.
    Bond had much more depth. (Thou still very showy, of course)


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    He did all d voices and accents amazingly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When bond decided to get married.


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    Cathryn Small Essex 19/04/2014
    Cathryn Small Essex 19/04/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredibly enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! For any James Bond fan, it is well worth reading (or hearing) the original books behind the film's; some of which have been so thoroughly adapted that they bear little resemblance to the film. This one, however, is similar in most ways and is a very good listen.


    What does David Tennant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    David Tennant reads the book beautifully, bringing all the characters to life and keeping the listener engrossed. Listening to it allows the mind to build pictures that might not come so easily from reading the book.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In many places, it made me smile to myself or even giggle, but the end is as emotional as the end of the film should have been.


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    Alan GILLINGHAM, United Kingdom 16/09/2013
    Alan GILLINGHAM, United Kingdom 16/09/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "At last:Unabridged Bond.In one of Fleming's best!"
    What did you like most about On Her Majesty's Secret Service?

    Being unabridged, therefore the opportunity to listen to the work without chunks missing. This novel in particular, flows smoothly in a fast paced narrative which was difficult to sustain in the abridged version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Her Majesty's Secret Service?

    The tragic ending.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    The narrator, all the more impressive considering his natural speech is Scots, handles the English accent storyline admirably, while seemingly effortlessly bringing to life through their voices, all the characters.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Bond .....with an old friend........beautiful women.......danger and death


    Any additional comments?

    This appears to be one of a new unabridged series read by high profile narrators. It impressed me, and I expect it to be a success, as many people may be like me, and often listen to an audiobook they have already heard AND read the book and seen the film, and this, most recent telling has a good chance of pulling it off.

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    C. M. E. Beckingham Sheffield, England 23/08/2013
    C. M. E. Beckingham Sheffield, England 23/08/2013 Member Since 2011

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    "Good Book - disappointing narration"

    Typical Fleming. As good as the rest. If you've seen the film you'll realise it is fairly closely related to the book (unlike some). Bit disappointed with the reading.

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    Amazon Customer Leeds, United Kingdom 29/07/2013
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    "Total surprise"
    What did you like most about On Her Majesty's Secret Service?

    This book was a total surprise I had seen the film so didn't expect such well rounded characters. Fleming writes the action seens so well but in a much more realistic way than the films


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Her Majesty's Secret Service?

    For me the action sequences are the best part of the book


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    Tennant brings it all together with his performance. This is one of the best audio books I have listened to


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book is one I could have listened to in one sitting. I have not wanted to put it down


    Any additional comments?

    If you like thriller or detective stories don't be put off by the film give it a go

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN County Cork, Ireland 30/06/2013
    JOHN County Cork, Ireland 30/06/2013 Member Since 2009
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    "Bond Rediscovered"
    What did you like most about On Her Majesty's Secret Service?

    I recently finished Ian Fleming’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” narrated by David Tennant. I was wary about downloading a James Bond book. I had read them all when I was twelve and thirteen and I was a devoted fan. I remember my sister getting me “From Russia With Love” from England because while it was not banned in Ireland (this was 1964/65) it was not available in the local bookshop or library because of its racy content (by the standards of a puritanical early Sixties Ireland). The whiff of notoriety surrounding it only served to whet my adolescent appetite of course. And it was, I recall, a tremendous read (and one of the best Bond films). But that was a long time ago. Were the books really as good as I thought they were when I was an adolescent? Would I be disappointed in them now with nearly a lifetime of reading behind me?

    I’m glad to say I enjoyed it enormously. David Tennant is a brilliant narrator and Ian Fleming was an excellent writer. His books are so much more interesting than the films – hearing Bond’s thoughts fleshes out the story in a way that a film can never do. “OHMSS” kept me keenly interested throughout even though I knew how it ended (and what a devastating end it was).

    I have since read "From Russia With Love" narrated by Toby Stephens and it was even better than I remembered it to be.

    It is a credit to Fleming's gifts as a writer that the stories still enthrall 50 years and more after they were written and now Audible has given them a new lease of life with superb narrators breathing new life into them. I listen to them on my smartphone while walking and they transport me into a world of intrigue, excitement and glamour. Now that I have two finished I intend to listen to the others over the coming months. James Bond is back!


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