To celebrate 50 years of the James Bond films in the cinema, all of Ian Flemings oriiginal books have being recorded by an all star list of narrators...Show More » The first book is narrated by Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame.
The book is well read and provides a great introduction to the world of Flemings Bond and will also be enjoyed by die-hard Fleming fans as well.
Wonderful story which thankfully bears no relation to the film, far batter and much more believable. Bill Nighy is the most superb narrator bringing t..Show More »he story and character's alive, I didn't want it to end!
Damien Lewis's vocal dexterity in portraying so many character voices is very impressive. I loved his portrayal of Felix Leiter and of the many differ..Show More »ent American accents. The story itself, despite feeling dated in places, still has some excellent set pieces. I've always enjoyed the chase between the steam engine and the rail handcar, and the showdown at the end between Bond and two of the bad guys on board a ship. Tiffany Case is a very appealing Bond girl, and a far more interesting character than the way she is portrayed in the rather silly film: which by the way bears no relation at all to this tough thriller.
I usually choose an audio book because of the narrator not the author, so having seen the movie of “From Russia With Love” I felt this would be an eas..Show More »y choice, albeit not a very adventurous one. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The book contains much more depth, some fascinating characters that never made it to film, and a completely side to Bond which makes him much more fallible, vulnerable and therefore interesting as the central figure. Toby Stephens is excellent as always. He provides light and shade to the characters and his narration adds tension to the plot without ever seeming OTT. Well worth a try.
It's up there among the best. I've listened to this read by Rufus Sewell in the past which was excellent, and I feared listening to the 'Earl of Grant..Show More »ham' do Bond may feel odd, but the narration was great.
I could listen to this narrator for a long time, Great story and perfect narration. Probably my favourite narration so far..Show More », I'm listening to these Audio Go releases in order of the original releases.
What an interesting book! A really fascinating novel with how its written. I had to go back and check the title on a couple of occasions as I thought ..Show More »I had downloaded the wrong thing. I won't spoil it by letting on what impressed me about this book, I'll let you listen and make your own mind up. It impressed me and I highly recommend it. It is certainly a twist on the Bond theme. Really enjoyed Ms Pike's narration, also unexpected and different. Worth its 5 stars.
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 jou..Show More »rney 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...)
The only Bond book that I have not enjoyed up to now. It has a slow pace compared to all the others and this may have somethingvto do with it followin..Show More »g on from the death of Bonds wife. Theres plenty going on but the action all comes very late on. Once again, nothing at all like the film. A must from the point of view of working through the series but not the
best by a long chalk.
Great reading of a great book. Mr Branagh does a great job of narrating the story and playing every one's favourite secret agent James Bond. A word ..Show More »of warning to fans of the movies that aren't familiar with the books - the character is harsher with less humour and few wisecracks.... Also the story in this book is very different to the movie - no nick nack or Thailand but a very good story none the less! Very well recommended!!!!
The presence of Ian Fleming's daughter was very welcome. The stories themselves were pretty dull - Fleming himself described Property of a Lady as..Show More » "lacklustre" and refused to accept payment for it. The interviews are now very samey: "Yeah, I read the books after I'd seen the films, and I had a lot of fun doing the voices."