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  • Thunderball

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (226)
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    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    James Bond is in disgrace. His medical report is critical of the high living that is ruining his health, and M packs him off for a fortnight to a health farm to be tuned up to his former pitch of exceptional fitness. Bond expects a trying two weeks. The last thing he expects is an adversary more deadly, more ruthless even than SMERSH.

    Josh Everett says: "Impeccable"
    "A Solid Bond Entry"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Thunderball to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Simon Vance did an excellent job narrating this spy novel.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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