I don't know why it took me so long to discover that Simon Vance had recorded the 007 series. I haven't read it or listen to an audio of it in a long time, but Simon Vance is the perfect reader for the series and this book comes to life with his performance. Easily worth the time and the money. This should be a priority for anyone looking for a great literary escape read by the best reader in recorded books history.
I haven't read the printed version only for fear of the material to be dated and become dry. After listening to it I simply can see that it might not be the case.
That it shows a lot of aspects that the movie got right and why the changes in the movie needed to be made.
I felt that he captured Ian Flemming's idea of how these characters should be read and kept me wanting to keep listening to the story.
This book was fantastic as long as you remember it was written in the 50's and use your imagination to make it updated to fit with the times. Ian Flemming described everything beautifully and made it easy to do. One does have to remember that going into this book it was written almost 10 years after WW2 and toward the beginning of the Cold War. It can also fit in today's headlines with terrorism and current relations of the superpowers.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
The very last line of the book. Solidified the character for me. Loved it.
Bond himself. I felt he was very honest with the world and himself. Very unapologetic. I can respect that.
It made it feel like the story would from Bond's perspective. Very... somber, controlled, direct yet artsy. The world did not feel analyzed it felt... tasted.
The brutality of a particular scene and the players involved. The sense of doom, hopelessness and anguish was over whelming.
Ive only seen a handful of ( mostly the newer) movies. I was shocked at how HUMAN and fleshed out Bond was. He was certainly an outlier but he still felt believable and relatable. He is a house hold name so i kinda felt like i was seeing the real life of some legend or whatever. VERY well written character.
Also the last half of the book dragged on for me because it was in stark contrast to what i wanted. BUT it was worth getting to for the last line of the book. It really made Bond feel capable in the face of ANYTHING.
This is the first book in the James Bond saga, however, you probably already know that. I read the entire series years ago when I had the hard copies and the vision to read hard copy books and I loved it. I've always found the James Bond in the novels to be more authentic than the movies portray. The movies drifted towards comedy and gadgets and really don't portray Bond as the ruthless, survive by the wits spy that this book portrays. I really liked this book and really suggest you try it.
Simon Vance turns in another exceptional performance.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
I am a big 007 fan. This is the first book in the series, so it is the first one I purchased. Since then i have listened to three others and this is probably my least favorite. A big part of that comes from the fact that in the book, Mr. Fleming describes casino games in detail which I have no knowledge of. Other than that, the story line is great! Like the rest of Fleming's considerable works, it is well thought out, well written, and Simon Vance gives a knock-out performance. If your a Bond fan, start here!
All the things you love about James Bond without the crazy complicated tangents of the movie versions. Great narration. Not much more needs to be said.
I don't read as much as I used to. I have about an hour commute each way so I like to listen to audio books.
Having watched the movie I really enjoyed the book. It was different but yet I thought it made the character more real. I could see this being made back when Sean Connery was bond but yet it worked in the movies with the current Bond.
The torture scenes were hard.
I travel the country setting up at comic, toy, sci-fi, and horror conventions. Audiobooks help with the travels.
Knowing the character and story for years made it worth hearing how it was originally written
Yes i already bought another one.
Not yet but i will now
That bond has always been sexist? Heck yes it is awesome.
Like a lot of people my first exposure to James Bond was via the movies produced over the years featuring that famous character in a variety of scenarios. Over 50 years worth of movies have been produced and they have produced their own definition of what Bond is and how he came to be. Casino Royale is the original Bond novel and bares very little resemblance to the modern Casino Royale movie or the original made for TV one of the same title. In a word - Better. Go into this book with an open mind and be prepared to forget some of the details that you think you know about Bond - and get the whole story instead.