not as embellished as the movie but more lifelike. Bravo narrator! This is the first book ive read/listened to by ian fleming. I wasn't sure what to expect, now I'm certain I'll have to download more from this series
Why Hollywood house to destroy a good story, the book was amazing and would've made a perfect screenplay. Skip all that crap at the beginning and stick to the books story and date of done just fine. Book was well read and story was and grossing.
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.
Loved this short Ian Fleming classic!
I live James Bond and really love this novel. Great for a short trip!
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.