I loved this book justblike I have loved each Ian Fleming novel I have listened to before it. Simon Vance is a superb narrator who always brings life to the characters with his well spoken tempo and lively voices.
However, multiple times in this particular audio book Mr. Vance replaced curse words with the word "blank" which immediately took me out of the story and made me frustrated that such a childish action had been taken. I paid for this book and should be allowed to experience it as it was intended, vulgarities and all. The disturbance didn't dissuaded me from finishing the story or from giving a good review, but this censorship was still disturbing to me and very disruptive to the storytelling.
While not Flemings best work, the dark and moody world of the original Bond still surpasses the Hollywood fare. There are none of the quirky one liners here, and the descriptions of pain and death are stark.
As with many works of this era, it can be chauvinistic, however the female role is still that of a strong character who carries her own.
A simple story harkening back to the Cold War era, this is still an enjoyable story I recommend. As always, Simon Vance does a remarkable job and greatly enhances the listening experience.
I haven't read the book
Yes it did, the quality of the story and the very high quality narration by Simon Vance made it a compelling listen
The description of the dinner between Dr. No and James Bond was fantastic
They've already done this
Yes. It is James Bond and Ian Flemming-you cannot go wrong.
Just writing this to submit the review.
The performance was excellent, and really brought the story to life.
I loved Bond's superspy workout: Run a mile, swim half a mile, sunbathe for an hour, and drink four drinks. I also loved that he had three or four drinks when he was on his missions. Maybe it helped him stay sharp.
Yes, Dr. No is sexist and racist, and the action is ridiculous. However, if you can look past the dated attitudes, it's a fun period piece.
James Bond has recovered from the near fatal wound that he received in his last adventure against SMERSH. M has decided to give him a soft job to get him back in the swing of things. The head of the Jamaica station and his secretary have been murdered, although no one knows it. They have simply disappeared. M wants to know what has happened so he sends James. When Bond arrives he is met with a strange mystery. It seems that all of the trouble is coming from a place called Crab Island which is owned by the reclusive Dr. No. Now Bond has to get himself back in shape to hunt down the truth behind this elusive and potentially deadly new foe.
There is everything we expect from a Bond novel, a beautiful, sexy woman, an evil villain, dangerous traps, and determined heroics from 007. As always the Bond books are a lot of fun.
A couple of years ago I listened to a book of short stories by Ian Fleming and I was surprised at how different they were than the movies. Although they were dated, they really have stood the test of time well. The reader does a good job for the most part with the exception of his “American accent”. There may be things in the book that in hindsight are less appealing, (racial and class descriptions), none the less they are a reflection of the times, and in many cases much of the book was well ahead of its time. The principal character is both flawed and human. He is not the indestructible bond of the movies, he has much more depth. I found this book much more plausible than many of the popular spy authors writing today, and similar in style to Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon.
Yes. I have read the book and seen the movie many times but it was worth listening too, as well. Easy to follow and nicely told story.
It provides more insights to character than the movie.
Good job of providing different voices and nice job of building excitement in key places.