Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel is clever and exciting, and the plot's twists and turns and will keep the listener hanging on every word. This is the James Bond we know from the novels, and not the cartoon hero of the films who performs superhuman feets. The narration by Toby Stephens is perfect. By the way, is there an accent he cannot master? The happy result of hearing this novel is a desire to purchase more of author Jeffery Deaver's other works, and to keep an eye (and ear) out for more of Toby Stephens' narrated books.
Reading the new James Bond novel Carte Blanch by Jefferey Deaver inspired me to read more of his books, Edge being the first of what I now believe will be many! The characters are well-defined, the plot contains many surprises, twists and turns, and the novel has a sort of epilogue that contains an unexpected emotional punch. The narrator of this audiobook has received some criticism for not making his voice characterizations distinct enough. This criticism is somewhat deserved, but I felt that the narrator corrects this and actually improves quite a bit over the course of the reading. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase more books read by him.
Mia Farrow does a fine job of narrating this novel, as well as putting her own spin on the various characters' voices. Her performance of Minnie Castevet is a highlight--she manages to make her sound simultaneously comical and frightening. Despite having seen the film many times, it was great fun to listen to this audiobook and to picture oneself in poor Rosemary's shoes: Is she suffering from a pregnancy-induced paranoia, or are these neighbors of hers part of a witch's coven?
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