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M. A. Moody

Raleigh, NC USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Thunderball

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    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.

    Miles GE says: "Impeccable"
    "A classic"
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    What made the experience of listening to Thunderball the most enjoyable?

    Simon Vance's performance is excellent, and the story has all the classic Bond elements of fast paced action and interesting characters.


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

    It's a good story, one of the best of the Bonds.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The underwater fight scene is a classic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was my second listen, so no visceral reaction this time. It was, however, quite a fun listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • For Your Eyes Only

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (84)

    Five short stories find James Bond facing danger from a variety of sources, all of which he escapes through fast thinking and even faster action.

    Rosemary says: "Deceived"
    "Four different Bonds"
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    If you could sum up For Your Eyes Only in three words, what would they be?

    Fleming stretches style.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of For Your Eyes Only?

    There are five different stories, so five different moments. The two that stand out most are the shock Bond has at the end of Quantum of Solace and the gunfight at the end of For Your Eyes Only.


    What about Simon Vance???s performance did you like?

    Excellent as always. All characters come to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it is a familiar read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goldfinger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (203)

    James Bond is challenged by a maniacal superfiend: the world's cleverest, cruelest criminal. Complications abound. A beautiful golden girl turns up dead, and a friendly game of two-handed canasta turns into a deadly game of survival with ever-rising stakes: 15 billion dollars worth of U.S. government bullion. But 007 knows that Auric Goldfinger's rules remain brutally simple: heads I win, tails you die.

    DARBY KERN says: "One of Fleming's better books"
    "Better plot than DAF, not as good as some others"
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    Would you listen to Goldfinger again? Why?

    This was my second listen to Goldfinger and it held up about as well as I remembered. It is a solid novel although the plot is a bit more unbelievable than many.


    What other book might you compare Goldfinger to and why?

    It is like many of the other Bonds; a combination of smart decisions and luck.


    What about Simon Vance???s performance did you like?

    SV is an excellent performer. All aspects were great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but again, it was my second listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diamonds Are Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (184)

    African diamonds are being smuggled into the United States, and it's up to the British Secret Service to infiltrate the organized crime families in America and destroy the smugglers. James Bond is not afraid of gangsters, but then he hasn't really met any until now. With advice from his American friend, Felix Leiter, Bond tracks a diamond smuggling ring from Africa through London to the United States.

    Miles GE says: "Impeccable"
    "Excellent performance of a so-so Bond"
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    Where does Diamonds Are Forever rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    If you are like me, you have to listen to the entire series regardless of how good or bad the novel. This is probably the least impressive of the series, with cardboard cut-out villains.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ian Fleming? Why or why not?

    Considering I've read them all, yes.


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

    SV does an amazing job with all of them.


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

    Not particularly, but it was a good listen regardless.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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