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!
Tennant really brings this to life with all kinds of perfectly pitched character voices and a tone that captures the feel of the book.
Having listened to all the books in order from the start this is my favourite so far (FRWL a close second). Very well read and was captivating throughout.
Sat in the car outside my house for 15 minutes once as I wanted to hear what happened next.
I have always loved the films, even the silly ones. But I was bowled over by the strength of Fleming's writing. It's also reminded me how pale the recent cover versions have been (books not films). The set pieces have real drive and Bond is properly believable. Of course Fleming can't help himself showing off is knowledge of skiing kit, resorts, wine, spirits, gambling, card games, cars, heraldry and clothes. Research must have been great fun before Google. The film (spoiler coming up) follows the book quite closely so if you've seen poor Lazenby bumble through it then you know happens. But this reading is beautifully judged by David Tennant and I can't recommend it highly enough. Getting the next one now!
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.
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