Diamonds are being smuggled on a formidable scale from Africa to America via Britain. 007’s assignment is to break the smuggling ring. It’s a dangerous mission that takes him to the racecourse and mud-baths of Saratoga Springs, the gaming tables of Las Vegas, the ghost town of Spectreville and beyond. The Spangled Mob threatens to be too much even for Bond, but help is at hand in the shape of co-conspirator Tiffany Case.
Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Damian Lewis.
Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952 at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.
Damian Lewis has twice been nominated for a Golden Globe, for his role as Sergeant Brody in Homeland and also for his role as WWII hero Richard Winter in Band of Brothers. Other TV credits include The Forsyte Saga, Life, Warriors and Jeffrey Archer: The Truth. His film appearances include The Escapist and Your Highness.
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"Ian Fleming writes with a kind of pushing, bloodcurdling elegance. His thrillers are models of fastidious murder." (New York Times)
"The remarkable thing about this book is that it is written by an Englishman. The scene is almost entirely American and it rings true to an American. I am unaware of any other writer who has accomplished this." (Raymond Chandler)
"Mr. Fleming has unusual virtues: a fine eye for places—in this book there are admirable accounts of Saratoga and Las Vegas—an ability to convey his own interest in the mechanics of gambling, and an air of knowledgeableness that many writers in this genre lack." (Times Literary Supplement)
"His hero, James Bond, fulfils every male fantasy known to me." (The Spectator)
"James Bond is one of the most cunningly synthesized heroes in crime-fiction." (Observer)
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Damian Lewis is an excellent actor however his voice isn't James Bond. He does the accents brilliantly especially the American but he sounds like an old uncle reading 'Toad of Toad Hall'. Ian Fleming has done better books, the first three in this series had more story structure and believability. The term 'and one thing lead to another' seems to fit this book. The book was written in 1956 and the cliché characters match the subject, but everything seems too easy for 007 and nothing, even a good beating can't slow him down. Not the best of Ian Fleming books.
Damien Lewis's vocal dexterity in portraying so many character voices is very impressive. I loved his portrayal of Felix Leiter and of the many different American accents. The story itself, despite feeling dated in places, still has some excellent set pieces. I've always enjoyed the chase between the steam engine and the rail handcar, and the showdown at the end between Bond and two of the bad guys on board a ship. Tiffany Case is a very appealing Bond girl, and a far more interesting character than the way she is portrayed in the rather silly film: which by the way bears no relation at all to this tough thriller.
"A marvellous book, brilliantly narrated."
Diamonds are forever competes for the title of the most interesting of the Bond books, from the point of view of scene setting and the by-ways of American gangsterdom. The story and narrative momentum are Ian Fleming at his best, and Tiffany Case is my favourite Bond heroine.
Damien Lewis takes the prize, I think, against some tremendous competition, as the best narrator in the audible Bond series. He brings the book alive in such a thrilling and gripping way. A Tour de Force by any yardstick.
Strongly recommended, once again!
"Excellent all round"
Another excellent reading in this series. Shows the depth and breadth of talent of English actors that each Bond book seems to be read by a different person. Reader does an excellent but subtle Bond and his accent for the American heroine is natural and convincing. Incidentally, the plot of the movie bears little resemblance to the book.
"Narrater brings to life"
I have to say Damien as he told the story with such understanding of the characters
It was far fetched but then all the bond stories are. But it could be real !!!
What is there not to like. Brilliant voices .Quite believable that every character was spoken by a different story teller
Bond at his best
No Said all I can
Damian Lewis does a great job here - compare his handling of diverse American accents with Rory Kinnear's laughable attempts in "Live And Let Die". And of course the book itself is tremendous.
"A rare disappointment - let down by narrator "
I am onto my fourth in the new James Bond series but this one is let down by the narrator, who reads in a very rushed and breathy style, at times tripping over words and swallowing the ends of sentences. It can become quite irritating and works against the natural rhythm of the story. But so far, all the others have been brilliant, especially Moonraker and Live and let Die, so I am definitely going to plough on to the end ! What a treat to listen to these great tales.
A fantastic story putting the films to shame! Packed with excitement and fast paced I was wishing my flight would have a delayed landing so I could finish!
"Another great narration"
I'm listening to these orignal Bond novels in order of release of the original books and really enjoying them. Excellent story and narration.
The rather breathless Damian, well, just breathes too much really. Sadly just not very good with the accents etc etc.
My imagination was shaken and stirred by this fabulous story. A; must, must read so go on, make your day.
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