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Summary

M thinks he has an easy case for 007. Exactly what’s needed after his latest near-fatal encounter with SMERSH. However, arriving in Jamaica to look for a missing agent and his secretary, Bond learns that the reclusive Dr Julius No could be connected with their disappearance. When Bond and the exotic Honeychile Rider are imprisoned on Dr No’s private island, they realise that his plans could threaten international security.

Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Hugh Quarshie.

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.

Hugh Quarshie has a long and distinguished television career that encompasses Doctor Who, Holby City, Small Island and White Heat and the award-winning The Murder of Stephen Lawrence. He has also appeared in the films Ghosted, Highlander, To Walk with Lions and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. His theatre credits include leading roles at the National Theatre, RSC and Manchester Royal Exchange.

©1958 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd (P)2013 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, 2012. © AudioGO Ltd, 2012. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under licence by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Wildly funny…hair-raising in a loony way." ( San Francisco Chronicle)
"Masterful, beautifully written." (Raymond Chandler)
"Magnificent writing." ( Time)
"The usual sado-masochistic free-for-all, plus octopuses." ( The Observer)
"Artfully bold, dizzyingly poised…You’d much better read it than read about it." ( New York Herald Tribune)

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Damn good yarn this one mate

What made the experience of listening to Dr. No (with Interview) the most enjoyable?

Hugh Quarshie is fantastic on the accents. His pace is perfect and style easy to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dr. No (with Interview)?

The centipede.

What does Hugh Quarshie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Could be his background or the ability to make the Jamaican accent so perfect. His interview at the end is very enlightening.

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

Shaken but not stirred.

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I am not sure if Hugh Quarshie could have done a good show on the previous books but I am quite prepared to listen to any book he narrates. His soft voice is a little hard to decipher with road noise in the car at times. Splendid work on his part.

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Ok but....

Far from the best of the bond books. I thought it was a bit light on story, plot and well, most things.

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Fleming Bond books are amazing!

Epic story telling. Working my way through the Bond books and they does disappoint! Can't wait to read more.

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Heat and danger in Jamaica

Possibly the best Bond novel, set almost exclusively in the steamy heat of Jamaica, which Fleming conveys brilliantly. Following the mysterious disappearance of the local operatives, Bond is called in to find what happened to them. The story holds its tension throughout, the villain is suitably cold-blooded, and the token beautiful woman has character for once! Hugh Quarshie is a great choice for the narrator with his rich dark voice, transporting you directly to the sun-drenched Caribbean, though his Jamaican characters are so well done that I found them hard to follow.

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Another great James Bond audiobook

What did you like most about Dr No?

Dr No is a slightly odd mixture in that the backdrop and build up of tension is done wonderfully well, particularly the ending though the story overall is a bit weak. But this is to split hairs. Overall, Dr No is a superb thriller, beautifully written and full of interesting asides.

Have you listened to any of Hugh Quarshie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Hugh Quarshie is just the man to narrate Dr No given the Jamaican backdrop, and he does more than justice to Ian Fleming's book; perfect sense of timing, captures the brooding menace very well, and draws the characters spot on. A great performance which undoubtedly enhances an already fine thriller.

Any additional comments?

Strongly recommended.

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Bond as it should be read.

Hugh Quarshie has a very soothing voice to listen to. He delivers the charisma and charm of Bond but can also adapt to a more ruthless tone when required. Overall I really enjoyed listening to this. It made a good night time read.

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Riveting stuff

I really enjoyed listening to Hugh Quarshie read this book. I have listened to several Bond books but loved this one the best so far. I felt the narration was spot on, and I could visualise the characters through the voices. The story was excellent, quite different from the film but I could still see Sean Connery as Bond.

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Good fun

Again another interesting listen of this book in comparison to the film. I thought the narrator did really well, and I enjoy the interviews with each one at the end of each book.

Bond certainly comes across as a more rounded out, feeling and thoughtful person in the books than in the films.

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This is of course why I am here.

I never read the books when I was younger, I was too much into 2000AD, Marvel and SciFi generally. But I have seen ALL the movies they inspired, so now I am catching up on all I missed out on.

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Pure entertainment

This was the first Bond book I have read/listen to, although I have watched many of the films. I enjoyed it as pure entertainment, although I found it to be a different kind of enjoyment than I get from the films. This book had a different feel to it than the films.
The narration was good.

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Hugh Quarshie shines

Although this is not my favourite of Fleming’s books, that belongs to Moonraker, I thoroughly enjoyed this both thanks to the interesting villain of Dr No, and the superb reading of Hugh Quarshie. I love how descriptive and colourful this book is, and I think literary Honey is far more developed than movie Honey. I highly recommend this one.

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  • 28-12-20

Flabbergasting adventure

The James Bond series leaps into action with Dr. NO....thanks to this fantastic audiobook I've learned that the surname NO derives from the confrontation and hate of the villan respect his own father. Marvelous audiobook pack with first rate action