Yes, this story is a little/lot dated and the performance seems to make it more real, kind of like a retrospective spy novel, set in the late 1950's.
Yes and no. I read this book nearly 40 years ago, and most of us have seen the movie, which somewhat follows the book and in many ways does not. So there was a missing element of suspense for me personally. I really loved reading these James Bond novels in my junior high school and high school years. It was good to relive this work as an older adult and find the book still interesting and the characters, locales and action compelling. This is one of the better James Bond entries and set the stage for many fun movies and future novels bases on the premise of the Spector criminal organization. Fleming seems to delight in putting you into beautiful locales with lavish yachts, casinos and mansions. It's all good fun and entertaining.
Simon Vance did an excellent job narrating this spy novel.
Yes, it is realively short in length so it is possible. The book has a certain flow that you will enjoy letting the story unfold. Ian Fleming was an excellent storyteller, so you are never stuck with a dull chapter. Fleming wrote in a sparse number of pages with a large numbers of chapters so each becomes it own little cliffhanger. You are teased into needing to listen to the next chapter and the next and so on.
This is an excellent entry in the Bond series and well worth the time and expense to enjoy. All that said, it is a product of the 1950's so much of it may ring quaint or even a little campy.
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