Here is a Bond who feels pain, drinks vodka, gin & tonic, and bourbon as well as the famous shaken-not-stirred. This Bond can apologize for having to kill, wonders about the destination of a dead friend and of the dead villain, and a Bond who even cries.
Still, all the cool, controlled rationality is there; and, of course, he gets the girl, but at her insistence. I've enjoyed the films over the years through the change in actors, preferring Connery, Brosnan and Craig. But Dr. No was my first Ian Fleming book, and I enjoyed meeting his slightly more human Bond and will listen to others. Yes, the plot is as oulandish and the villains as extreme as any Bond film, but that is part of the fun.
Simon Vance's reading gives a perfect tone of British cool and humor, making it a nice break from longer, more literary listening. I'm thankful for Audible.com sales that encourage me to try books I might not risk precious credits on!
When most people hear of James Bond they think of the actors from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig. When I hear the name James Bond I think of Ian Fleming. A man widely known for his writing and journalism it is easily forgotten that before both he was a spy. Fleming's work during WWII as the personal assistant to the head of the Naval Intelligence Service is widely forgotten by most or simply unknown. He also was the head of the 30 Assault Unit and sat on the committee that headed T-Force, two very successful units charged with commando military action and protecting valuable secret documents. Fleming also oversaw Operation Mincemeat and Operation Golden Eye, two very successful operations that were key to winning WWII. This knowledge of the spy world he brings to his books, and so his books take on a sort of realism. Even though Fleming received numerous bad reviews for Dr. No, it was later determined by literary historians to have been a fad amoung critics rather than a true reality of the book's content. Today Dr. No is considered one of Fleming's greatest novels and is held in high regard by many literary critics as the example that many mystery spy novels are held to. Having all of Ian Fleming's works in print, I was interested in hearing an audio version. This was a very good reading and presentation of Ian Fleming's work.
Simon Vance does a fantastic job with the reading of Dr. No. I was impressed with his depiction of Fleming's work, and the ability of Vance to "color the theatre of the mind" with his inflection and imagery.
dated. not as exciting as I would have hoped
yes Excellent Listen to the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo series
I liked the description of the events. James Bond will always be Sean Connery in my mind so it was nice to hear a deep British voice portray him. I have read all of the James Bond novels and have seen all of the movies.
I didn't find it as edgy as some of the later Ian Fleming novels but it was exciting enough to make me want more. I may not listen to any more since I have read them already but if the price is right, I will get more.
The book is entertaining and makes you want to keep listening.
No. This was my first. He is very good.
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Yes, specially if they missed the movie.
Expected, I have seen the movie, however the book was much better.
Yes, but not possible.
I had read this book many years ago, and decided to listen to it again. Very enjoyable
Fleming's books are always better than the movies.
Simon Vance lent a strong voice for Bond and could also do a nice Quarrell and Honey Rider.
Overall the reading was great, the story is good, and the pacing if good as well.
It's Bond, the first film, the sixth book. Flemming has found Bond's voice and character - Simon Vance does a great job in recreating the mood of the book, and has the laconic sixties radio voice that this book deserves.
I'm a great Bond fan, but you don't need to be an aficionado to enjoy it. Flemming lets us become voyeurs to a far different time period, a time of blatant heterosexuality. The book was heavily criticized upon it's release, but this is Bond, pure and Simple.
Read this first in 1962. Great to hear it in style!
007 climbing up the air duct to escape.
Hiding in the swamp breathing thru hollow reeds with Honeychild.
James begins his odyssey.
More exciting than the read or viewing the movie.