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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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    Gregory Anoka, MN, USA 04-06-10
    Gregory Anoka, MN, USA 04-06-10
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    "Top Notch"

    Great stories with a great narrator. Simon Vance is one of the best narrators around. Someone with a lesser degree of talent could have botched the Bond books, but Vance respects the material and the time they were written. The characters are distinct. The pacing is perfect. Even the women voices are handled well. The books have been underrated for a long time - the Bond on the page is much different than the Bond on the screen, and the short stories were even more of a change of pace from the novels. For example, in Quantum of Solace, Bond is a secondary character, sitting in a kitchen, listening to a story (and it's a good one). This collection is well worth the expense and the time spent listening.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle 03-20-09
    Danielle 03-20-09
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    "Amazing insight into the character of Bond."

    These short stories do a great job granting the listener access to an interior dialogue sorely missing from the on-screen Bond persona. I highly recommend it. You never forget the the true Flemming definiton of the "Quantum of Solace".

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick A. 02-18-10
    Patrick A. 02-18-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Great collection"

    This is a must for all Bond fans. These short stories are wonderful and the narrator is perfect.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 06-28-13
    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 06-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun for any true James Bond fan"

    These stories have the titles that you know from the movies but do you know the stories as Ian Fleming told them? Some of these stories do follow the tales somewhat that are used for the movies of the same name. The ones that don't are actually some a the better ones in this collection. I especially liked Octopussy. (again, the story not the movie) It gives the character of James Bond great depth.

    I gave Simon Vance 5 stars on this rating. It was hard at first to imagine his voice as that of James Bond. With each story his voice sucked me further and further in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-18-12
    Eric Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great series of James Bond short stories"
    What did you love best about Quantum of Solace?

    I first read Goldfinger as a boy (and watched the movie), and have never stopped loving Ian Fleming since. Unlike his other novels, this book is a series of short stories -- some action-oriented and others pensive and reflective. That includes the title piece, "Quantum of Solace," in which Fleming muses how and why people in a relationship or a marriage hurt each other, and extract revenge. The last story, about New York in the 1960s, was a bit of a letdown.


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

    All James Bond novels keep me on the edge of my seat.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Vance is a terrific narrator of James Bond. I think he does all of Audible's readings.


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

    No. Being a series of short stories, it is suited to multiple sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grace Pittsburgh, PA, USA 02-06-10
    Grace Pittsburgh, PA, USA 02-06-10
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    "Quantum of Solace"

    He is a great author, holds your attention at all times. Descriptions so well presented you are always kept involved in the stories.

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    David Mesa, AZ, United States 07-02-12
    David Mesa, AZ, United States 07-02-12
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    "A little dissapointng"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would probably recommend these to someone who is looking for a series of shorts that don't require much attention; as long as they're clear as to what they're getting. You've seen all of these stories as parts of full length James Bond stories. These barely stand on their own as presented and are in need of plot development, character development and closing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Carrollton, TX, United States 06-18-12
    William Carrollton, TX, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2009
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bibiana 06-16-12
    Bibiana 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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    Duce Jackson Bogue, KS USA 06-12-12
    Duce Jackson Bogue, KS USA 06-12-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Good tale!"
    Where does Quantum of Solace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say somewhere in the middle or a bit higher.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I had never read the Fleming stories. I'd only seen the movies. The stories are much grittier without all the hollywood witty quips and over the top stunts, etc. I was really surprised at the quality of the Bond audiobook. Should have read them long ago, I guess.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one scene in particular stood out to me. It was more of an overall feeling of satisfaction.


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

    Don't think I have the qualifications to be changing the author's work!


    Any additional comments?

    I am excited to download more of the Bond stories now that I have gotten a taste of the originals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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