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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 marryTeresa 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-explosives from which neither man emerges the victor.
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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 marryTeresa 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-explosives from which neither man emerges the victor.

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.

©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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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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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    Richard 15/12/2014
    Richard 15/12/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding story, wonderfully read!"
    Would you listen to On Her Majesty's Secret Service (with Interview) again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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.


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

    Think you know Bond? Think again!

    I'm sorry, that's awful. I guess I'll have to stick to the day job.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MR Havant, United Kingdom 06/12/2014
    MR Havant, United Kingdom 06/12/2014 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "If only you didn't know how it ends..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (with Interview) to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Apart from Bond himself, and Tracy, I liked Tracy's father.


    Which character – as performed by David Tennant – was your favourite?

    None really stand out


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    P. J. Noble North East UK 06/10/2014
    P. J. Noble North East UK 06/10/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Why aren't the movies like the book?"
    Where does On Her Majesty's Secret Service (with Interview) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    'M' with the twist of his Christmas dinner and love of orchids!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The escape (and escape) down the mountain. The description of the chase is vivid and evocative.


    0 of 0 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathryn Small 19/04/2014
    Cathryn Small 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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