About 10 times in the book, Bond apparently walks straight into a trap. Each time, a few paragraphs later it is explained why he was able to carefully avoid the mistake. This technique gets very old very quickly. I have read all the Fleming novels and rarely remember him using this literary device. Perhaps with the bank note in Casino Royale, but even that was more of a puzzle. Also, I was dismayed by the "surprise" betrayal at the end. Another trick not used by Fleming too often.
The plot was typical nonsense. You couldn't analyze Fleming's plots too carefully either. Bad guy was interesting. Henchman was good, very clever. I hate when characters act stupid just to move the plot along.
Some of the other "re-boot" features were actually quite good. Q, Tanner, the iqPhone, etc. I liked the lessons in "tradecraft" that were sprinkled throughout the book. That was Fleming-ish (or should I say Flemish?).
I thought narration was OK.
I was skeptical...you know, we've all seen so many Bond novels and movies over the years how can the brand be any different than what's already out there, right? Well I was wrong with this one.
I don't know what the deal is behind the scenes with licensing an all that but I sure hope Deaver continues. This book takes you into the origins of Bonds entrance into the spy business, his parents history and the relationship his "shop' has with other British spy outfits. More interesting were the tidbits about his parents death and his desire to solve that mystery and mete out revenge...ie, to kill the assasin.
The reader is very professional; takes himself seriously and has talent incorporating the diff accents needed for this book. Some were hokey but after listening and getting to know the characters it became apparent that the voice/accent was "perfect" for that character.
There's a very current, up to date feel to this story and the character, who goes back, what to the early 60's (?) is very current as well. There's 3 distinct plot lines and one doesn't see them mesh till the last possible moment.
get this book...and if anyone sees Mr Deaver, please tell him to sit his butt down and start on the next one for me.
Narrator whispers constantly which greatly detracts from the listening experience. Maybe a well written book, but I'm frustrated and probably will not finish it.
Toby Stephens delivers Jeffery Deaver's 007 novel with flair and conviction. Deaver's story is typically brilliant and riveting with its twists and unexpected plot points. This is perhaps the best and freshest 007 novel ever. This presentation was a pleasant surprise and an engaging and rewarding experience. Highly recommended from and audio book veteran. This is the kind of story and performance that we search for and has one longing for time with his iPod. More please, Mr. Deaver. Bravo! Five stars all around.
I was a little skeptical of this book as I can't recall ever reading a prior Bond book. However, I have been a Jeffery Deaver fan for quite some time. I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable read-listen. I liked the Bond reboot aspects of the book and felt the Deaver did a very admirable job with the character and his background. The plot was a bit formulaic; but, that is what I was expecting and I was not disappointed. When you want a Bond-type story; that's what you want and like. Finally, I very much enjoyed the narrator. He really brought the characters to life for me. In the last year, I've become an audio book fan and this was as enjoyable a listen as I've had. The narrator makes a big difference. Bravo Mr. Stephens. I'm looking forward to Deaver's next installment of the new 007!
This is not the james bond I know. This james bond actually has an office with a secretary! This james bond depends on others to get out of jams. This james bond drives a subaru! This james bond assesses each woman in her potential to be a long term relationship. This james bond is not take advantage of technological gadgets. This james bond is noht larger than life. In fact he seems less than mitch rapp or cotton malone. This james bond maybe more real that is not the james bond I know and love.
Being not only a huge James Bond fan but also a Jeffrey Deaver fan I decided to give this audio book a try, and what I got was a very disappointing representation of the character that I've hold most dear in literature and movies. Deaver gives Bond too much of a conscience along with his dry wit and bite. Examples of this include insulting other characters then immediately scolding himself for doing so. This is something that Fleming's or Craig's Bond would have never thought twice about doing.
It was a labor to finish this book. The performance was adequate, but the story never really captured my imagination. Though I have seen all of the movies, this was my first Bond book. I was surprised by how pedestrian this Bond was compared to the others to which I am accustom. I was disappointed, and I would not recommend this audiobook.