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Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories | [Ian Fleming]

Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories

Bringing together all of the James Bond short stories in one volume for the first time, this is the ultimate celebration of suave and deadly secret agent 007. Whether he's making an unexpected discovery in the Bahamas, hunting down a Cuban hit man in wild country, smashing an international drug ring in Rome, or on the trail of a murderous assassin in Berlin's sniper alley, dangerous missions and beautiful women come with the job for James Bond. And this agent is always a consummate professional.
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Publisher's Summary

Bringing together all of the James Bond short stories in one volume for the first time, this is the ultimate celebration of suave and deadly secret agent 007.

Whether he's making an unexpected discovery in the Bahamas, hunting down a Cuban hit man in wild country, smashing an international drug ring in Rome, or on the trail of a murderous assassin in Berlin's sniper alley, dangerous missions and beautiful women come with the job for James Bond. And this agent is always a consummate professional.

Shaken? Stirred? Check out 007's other assignments.

©1966 The Literary Executors of Ian Fleming; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    William Carrollton, TX, United States 06-18-12
    William Carrollton, TX, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great thriller, lots of action."

    Ian Fleming was a great writer.
    Sit down, enjoy the action,
    and take yourself into the world of James Bond.
    My! how time will fly.

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    Bibi 06-16-12
    Bibi 06-16-12
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    "Very well done and interesting short stories."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Well done stories that are authentic and interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Bond character of course.


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

    Bond was the major theme in all the short stories. They were interesting and well done.


    If you could rename Quantum of Solace, what would you call it?

    I would not rename it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 05-15-11
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 05-15-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Entertaining and different"

    The book was entertaining. Written in the late 50's Early 60's it gives a sence of the time and a different side to James Bond.

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    magicker71 Louisville, KY 08-09-10
    magicker71 Louisville, KY 08-09-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Meh"

    I've read and enjoyed a number of James Bond novels, but I could not get into this at all. I just don't find that the Bond stories work well within a short story format. I was bored throughout.

    The narrator does a decent job, but his American accent is laughable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Davis, CA, United States 07-30-10
    David Davis, CA, United States 07-30-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Not your movie James Bond"

    Fleming's writing is lush and detailed, and each of these stories is a quick, fun listen. The proper British narrator sounds perfect, except when he's reading lines from American and Canadian characters, when they sound like they're talking while trying to swallow a lump of chewing tobacco. The stories have very little to do with the movies, and being written almost fifty years ago, keep in mind that they're pretty dated, and blatantly sexist.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-17-12
    David 03-17-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Tight thrillers, dated but great"

    I found Ian Fleming to be an unexpectedly good writer; his short stories are tight and the descriptions are beautifully detailed, especially when it comes to setting and location. Even though these stories were written almost fifty years ago, they're still great classic spy thrillers. However, if you're expecting the James Bond of the movies, you'll be disappointed. There are no high-tech gadgets and no superheroics, just pretty straightforward action and espionage (and usually more of the latter than the former). Fleming's Bond is even worse than the movie Bond in his treatment of women, though, so be aware that the books are steeped in unabashed sexism and some racism as well.

    These short stories span a lot of Bond's early career. Many of the movies were taken from the names of these stories, but bear no resemblance to them: Bond doesn't even appear at all in the story "Quantum of Solace," for example, except as a listener, and "Octopussy" has no female characters and Bond only appears at the very end.

    Fleming's writing quality was a bit up and down; I've liked some of his Bond novels, others not so much. Overall, though, I'd say I think his short stories were some of his best writing.

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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 08-05-11
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 08-05-11 Member Since 2010

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Short Stories - not a novel."

    For the most part, I didn't get into these short stories. I found that the lack of action made them quite boring. Octopussy was pretty much no action and others were pretty slim also. I got this one after I read Casino Royale, which was awesome and packed with James in danger and fighting his way through the villains. The short stories really didn't have time to develop any characters or a good plot. This was not worth a credit.

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    Diane 08-10-10
    Diane 08-10-10
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    "Fun to listen to and smart, too."

    I really enjoyed these stories. First one was my least favorite. They improved a great deal after that. Narrator is perfect. Many of them are enough of a mystery to keep you guessing. Really enjoyed it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Midland, GA, United States 07-31-10
    Johnny Midland, GA, United States 07-31-10 Member Since 2014

    “11 years Public Education, DID NOT GRADUATE. 20 years Army Medical Corps, Retired 16 years High School Teacher, Retired 05 YearsCollage 7.

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    "Quantum of Solace: James Bond Short Stories"

    I'm normally not a big James Bond fan. But I was really surprised.
    I was able to read one story, while waiting to see one of my doctors.
    It was one of my fasted waiting times.
    Also I'm one of Ian Fleming fans.
    The voice of the narrator (Simon Vance) was really on top of the game.
    So keep them coming.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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