Ernst Stavro Blofeld, leader of the terrorist organisation SPECTRE, has hijacked an American plane loaded with atomic weapons. Unless his demands are met he will destroy one of the world's major cities. With only one week to locate the missing bombs, Bond goes to the Bahamas where he encounters Blofeld's right-hand man, Emilio Largo and his mistress Domino. With time running out, Bond learns that sharks are not the only killers in the Caribbean Sea.
Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Jason Isaacs.
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.
Jason Isaacs is a BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor. His film work includes playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, Colonel Tavington in The Patriot, Captain Hook and Mr Darling in Peter Pan, as well as starring in the war movies Black Hawk Down and Green Zone. On TV his credits include Jackson Brodie in Case Histories, Sir Mark Brydon in The State Within, Michael Caffee in Brotherhood and Michael Britten in Awake. He is currently filming the action-adventure event series "DIG" for USA Network from the minds behind "Heroes" and "Homeland," to premiere in late 2014.
©1961 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.
"A highly polished performance, with an ingenious plot well documented and plenty of excitement" (The Times)
"A mystery story, a thriller, a chiller and a pleasure to read." (New York Times)
"Fantastic... how persuasively Mr. Fleming writes about it all" (Oxford Times)
"The mixture-of good living, sex and violent action-is as before, but this highly polished performance, with an ingenious plot, well documented, and plenty of excitement" (The Times)
"Springing from a sensational imagination, but informed by style, zest and-above all-knowledge." (Sunday Times)
I could listen to this narrator for a long time, Great story and perfect narration. Probably my favourite narration so far, I'm listening to these Audio Go releases in order of the original releases.
Having never read the books and only watched the movies, I was surprised at how dark and cynical this novel was. It is well narrated and worth listening to, but it is also a novel of its time too.
I'd put the audio and print versions about level. I think it is read slightly slow for my taste but I think both the character voices and the tension Isaacs puts into certain scenes very good.
I think Felix was my favourite character. I think he's strong and comical at times but mainly he is loyal to Bond. Even on crazy hunches and ideas, Felix always trusts in and goes along with Bond and Bond can always rely on Felix. They also have a great relationship and genuinely enjoy working together.
Isaacs' Blofeld was probably my favourite. Every attribute Blofeld possesses came across in the voice. His confidence, his intellect and his cruelty.
Felix made me laugh many times. His turn of phrase rather than particular jokes. As always with Fleming, many sections make me laugh almost out of disgust. Horrendous racism and sexism is always expected and does not sit well when read more than 50 years on. But it must be ignored as just a terrible sign of the times.
Overall, I thought this was a solid entry in the Bond series and is certainly middle of the pack. The only real problem for me was a sense of anticlimax in the last couple of chapters. The partnership of Bond and Felix is easily the strong point through a great chasing-down of the unknown baddies.
Bond developing towards the film persona first half of book I feel the poorest of all Flemings but the end is worth it! Bond shows too many weaknesses and too many vices his alcohol and tobacco consumption would kill him quicker that spectre ! Still it's s over 50 years old and outlooks have changed
I would hear it again and again!
allows you to picture the action for yourselves.
I don't recall the film so there are no comparisons here. Bond is surprisingly rich as a character. For those with particular sensibilities they will find Fleming's language and attitudes dated. Remembering the time it was written it gives a flavour for the contemporary attitudes and language. Like others I find the book surprisingly satisfying in terms of both the hero, his accomplices and the villains. The last of these being far more plausible than the films suggest.
This is the first time I have heard Jason Isaacs read and would listen to him again.
Jason's ability to capture the accents and personalities for all of teh characters added so much to the enjoyment of this book.
"Great story, well read..."
I read all the original book as a teenager, what a treat to hear it again in my 40's on my daily commute. Jason Isaacs does a wonderful job.
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