Includes an exclusive bonus interview with David Tennant.
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.
David Tennant has won critical acclaim for his performance as Detective Alec Hardy in the hugely successful crime drama Broadchurch, a role he is soon to reprise in the upcoming American remake, Gracepoint. He shot to global fame during his tenure as the Tenth Doctor in the Doctor Who series, and has starred in a number of other award winning films and television shows, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Single Father. On stage he has played Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing, as well as the title roles in Hamlet and Richard II.
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"A Bond bombshell." (Time Magazine)
"Fleming's new book will not disappoint his millions of fans." (Washington Post)
"One of Bond's most ominous and chilling adventures." (Newsweek)
"Fleming at his urbanely murderous best, a notable chapter in the saga of James Bond." (Houston Chronicle)
"Bond is what every man would like to be, and what every woman would like to have between her sheets.' (Sunday Times)
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...)
David Tennant narrates this book so well. When you hear this audio book you will realise just how good the original stories are.
One of the best Bond stories ever penned, Bond at his gritty best with real dram & excitement, fantastically narrated!
Definitely, I've already listened to it twice. It is a fantastically gripping story with some wonderfully described set pieces which bring an incredibly vivid image to the listener/reader, and David Tennant provides an excellent pace to the story, creating a lot of tensions when required whilst also being able to convey the light-hearted areas of the story with ease.
A whole different side to Bond is seen in this film, with his relationship with Tracy revealing feelings and thoughts in him which I previously had not thought possible. I also liked how accurate the movie was to the book. I'd never watched the film before so the book inspired me to watch it, and compared to some others, such as Moonraker, the whole film was clearly dedicated to matching the book, which impressed me.
As I alluded to above, the scene surrounding Bond asking Tracy to marry him and the wedding was wonderfully written and read, offering a new viewpoint on Bond who had been seen as a cold-hearted man who could never love. The clear heartbreak at the end shows how different he can be to what we expect, and Tennant's narration of this was truly emotional.
Think you know Bond? Think again!
I'm sorry, that's awful. I guess I'll have to stick to the day job.
David Tennant was the perfect reader for this book. His command of accents and languages was mesmerising, and the whole book really is the best thing to listen to on long (or short!) journeys.
I teach computing at a college an hour from home. I get through a lot of audiobooks! I consider the audiobook an art form in its own right.
I don't know, I got the audiobook because I didn't have time to read it. It's nice to get those interviews, though.
Apart from Bond himself, and Tracy, I liked Tracy's father.
None really stand out
No, sadly. I really wanted to be moved to tears by the ending, even though everybody knows it's coming because of the film version. But it didn't do much for me.
I found the prose flat and unevocative at times, especially in the chase down the mountainside. There have been a few times in a Bond book when I'm unable to picture what is going on - not a problem I tend to have with other books.
I have really enjoyed this book. Along side 'Moonraker' this book is so much better than the films. David Tennant narration is excellent and his voicing of the characters is superb. The storyline is interesting and enticing.
'M' with the twist of his Christmas dinner and love of orchids!
The escape (and escape) down the mountain. The description of the chase is vivid and evocative.
My first bond book ever heard/read.
Felt d book is much more engaging and human than d movies.
Narration was great!
Book better than movie for sure.
Bond had much more depth. (Thou still very showy, of course)
He did all d voices and accents amazingly.
When bond decided to get married.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The tragic ending.
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.
Bond .....with an old friend........beautiful women.......danger and death
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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