Great stories with a great narrator. Simon Vance is one of the best narrators around. Someone with a lesser degree of talent could have botched the Bond books, but Vance respects the material and the time they were written. The characters are distinct. The pacing is perfect. Even the women voices are handled well. The books have been underrated for a long time - the Bond on the page is much different than the Bond on the screen, and the short stories were even more of a change of pace from the novels. For example, in Quantum of Solace, Bond is a secondary character, sitting in a kitchen, listening to a story (and it's a good one). This collection is well worth the expense and the time spent listening.
I was looking forward to listening to this book, but by a third of the way through McLarty lost me. The characters voices blurred, the surf songs are awful - McLarty has a decent voice, but these things are a mess - and the reader can't decide to make this serious or put his toungue in his cheek. So he does neither. After reading all the good reviews of the actual book, I think something got missed in the translation. Take a pass on this.
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