If you've only seen Bond in his Hollywood roles, you should consider the novels that started it all. Of course the books are dated, but that in it's own way is part of the charm.
Rockets in the early 1950's were still mysterious and awe inspiring. Not so much today, so some of the technological descriptions have lost their original impact. The underlying concept of the story is still sound and Fleming certainly knew how to describe a scene.
It’s also fun to see how things were in the fifties. Cars that could go 100 hundred miles an hour were "fast", everyone smoked, and some of the misogyny shines through. What is interesting is that in this early novel we see a woman in a strong role. This was ground breaking back then.
Simon Vance once again shows why he is one of the best narrators in the business. If he’s narrating, the value of the book goes up, he’s that good.
So, give this book a try if you yet to experience the real Bond. It should entertain you.
Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Well worth the credit!looking forward to tracking down the next in the series! Always interesting to see how the books differ from the movies you've grown up loving!
Good book, much different than the movie. Someone should do a movie that's true to the book instead of the ridiculous, unwatchable, special effects extravaganzas Bond movies always end up being.
Simon Vance's performance of this book leaves nothing to be desired - each character sounds different and the story flows perfectly from him. The story itself is very well written - the post WWII England setting makes for a believable plot and the fact that Bond isn't a superhuman guy who always gets everything right on the first try makes him a believable character. Bond fans will love this one.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
I swear, Ian Fleming cannot write a bad book! This is not my favorite of the 007 novels but it is very good. I have never seen the movie Moonraker, but if it is half as good as the book, I will really love it. TOTALLY worth a listen!
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. Moonraker is a great story by Ian Fleming!
The subtle and poignant story telling of Ian Fleming comes alive in the book. Descriptive narrative is succinct, yet I can vividly imagine every scene.
Simon Vance is tremendous! His performance gets better with every Bond book!
Getting into the character development.
James Bond of course.
no I did not.
None at this time.
I can picture exactly what Flemming was trying to convey. Makes me wonder why radio drama died???
The plot of the story was very plausible given the Cold War and the tension between world powers of that era. It is refreshing that the book's version of Bond isn't superhuman, just a VERY good agent. Minimal gadgets. Intelligent.
His voice characterization really hep to define the Characters.
David B Fox
I have been reading Ian Fleming's James Bond adventures since I was ten years old. I am now just short of sixty. Needless to say, I have read each and every of Bond's escapades, and I love them all. This audiobook brings a whole new style and life to the adventures. I already have recommended this audiobook to all of my friends who like to read, but most importantly, I referred the whole "Audible Manager" program to my friends who DON'T like to read.
To me, the most memorable part of Moonraker, takes place in the pub, when a Nazi screams "Heil Hitler!" before he shoots a patron, and then takes his own life with his Luger.
Bond is always a good read, but it's an entirely different experience when you are listening to Simon Vance. Within minutes, you are in the story, and the narrator becomes part of the room with you but not a distraction. Simon Vance IS Ian Fleming, and I can't imagine listening to Bond without him.
When a large part of the cliffs began to break off, Bond stretched his body over the girl, to protect her from the falling boulders that one of Sir Hugo Drax's men hoped would crush Bond and the girl.
It's so very easy to kick back and enjoy Moonraker being read to me by an extremely good narrator, Simon Vance.