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Carte Blanche Audiobook

Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel

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The face of war is changing. The other side doesn't play by the rules much anymore. There's thinking, in some circles,that we need to play by a different set of rules too....

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.

And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission.

©2011 Jeffrey Deaver (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Ken Englewood, NJ, United States 08-10-11
    Ken Englewood, NJ, United States 08-10-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Fleming"

    About 10 times in the book, Bond apparently walks straight into a trap. Each time, a few paragraphs later it is explained why he was able to carefully avoid the mistake. This technique gets very old very quickly. I have read all the Fleming novels and rarely remember him using this literary device. Perhaps with the bank note in Casino Royale, but even that was more of a puzzle. Also, I was dismayed by the "surprise" betrayal at the end. Another trick not used by Fleming too often.

    The plot was typical nonsense. You couldn't analyze Fleming's plots too carefully either. Bad guy was interesting. Henchman was good, very clever. I hate when characters act stupid just to move the plot along.

    Some of the other "re-boot" features were actually quite good. Q, Tanner, the iqPhone, etc. I liked the lessons in "tradecraft" that were sprinkled throughout the book. That was Fleming-ish (or should I say Flemish?).

    I thought narration was OK.

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    Tom 07-22-11
    Tom 07-22-11
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    "Same Bond But A New Bond"

    I was skeptical...you know, we've all seen so many Bond novels and movies over the years how can the brand be any different than what's already out there, right? Well I was wrong with this one.

    I don't know what the deal is behind the scenes with licensing an all that but I sure hope Deaver continues. This book takes you into the origins of Bonds entrance into the spy business, his parents history and the relationship his "shop' has with other British spy outfits. More interesting were the tidbits about his parents death and his desire to solve that mystery and mete out revenge...ie, to kill the assasin.

    The reader is very professional; takes himself seriously and has talent incorporating the diff accents needed for this book. Some were hokey but after listening and getting to know the characters it became apparent that the voice/accent was "perfect" for that character.

    There's a very current, up to date feel to this story and the character, who goes back, what to the early 60's (?) is very current as well. There's 3 distinct plot lines and one doesn't see them mesh till the last possible moment.

    get this book...and if anyone sees Mr Deaver, please tell him to sit his butt down and start on the next one for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    WILLIAM YORK, PA, United States 06-24-11
    WILLIAM YORK, PA, United States 06-24-11 Member Since 2008
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    "CARTE BLANCHE"

    Narrator whispers constantly which greatly detracts from the listening experience. Maybe a well written book, but I'm frustrated and probably will not finish it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim MOUNT DORA, FL, United States 10-13-11
    Jim MOUNT DORA, FL, United States 10-13-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Superb in Every Way"

    Toby Stephens delivers Jeffery Deaver's 007 novel with flair and conviction. Deaver's story is typically brilliant and riveting with its twists and unexpected plot points. This is perhaps the best and freshest 007 novel ever. This presentation was a pleasant surprise and an engaging and rewarding experience. Highly recommended from and audio book veteran. This is the kind of story and performance that we search for and has one longing for time with his iPod. More please, Mr. Deaver. Bravo! Five stars all around.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fkdavis Kingston, PA, United States 08-01-11
    Fkdavis Kingston, PA, United States 08-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "007 Reboot-Like a good martini . . ."

    I was a little skeptical of this book as I can't recall ever reading a prior Bond book. However, I have been a Jeffery Deaver fan for quite some time. I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable read-listen. I liked the Bond reboot aspects of the book and felt the Deaver did a very admirable job with the character and his background. The plot was a bit formulaic; but, that is what I was expecting and I was not disappointed. When you want a Bond-type story; that's what you want and like. Finally, I very much enjoyed the narrator. He really brought the characters to life for me. In the last year, I've become an audio book fan and this was as enjoyable a listen as I've had. The narrator makes a big difference. Bravo Mr. Stephens. I'm looking forward to Deaver's next installment of the new 007!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 07-16-11
    Stephen 07-16-11
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    "not the bond i know"

    This is not the james bond I know. This james bond actually has an office with a secretary! This james bond depends on others to get out of jams. This james bond drives a subaru! This james bond assesses each woman in her potential to be a long term relationship. This james bond is not take advantage of technological gadgets. This james bond is noht larger than life. In fact he seems less than mitch rapp or cotton malone. This james bond maybe more real that is not the james bond I know and love.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Szumowski 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, I think the bad reviews are for the lack of cars that turn into submarines"

    Im a big fan of the bond books. The after Fleming era has been hit and miss so I rely on these reviews. I was half expecting the author to butcher the character but he did quiet nicely. As a warning, this is a reboot of Bond and a completely new style but the true Bond is here. Some of the new books and especially the movies turn him into a super hero with unrealistic powers including over women that makes me roll my eyes. This stays true to a more real Bond. The Guy Richie like twists may of had me rolling my eyes a bit but over all this is a really solid Bond book

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    Amazon Customer 04-22-16
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    "License not to offend"

    Being not only a huge James Bond fan but also a Jeffrey Deaver fan I decided to give this audio book a try, and what I got was a very disappointing representation of the character that I've hold most dear in literature and movies. Deaver gives Bond too much of a conscience along with his dry wit and bite. Examples of this include insulting other characters then immediately scolding himself for doing so. This is something that Fleming's or Craig's Bond would have never thought twice about doing.

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    FettClone57 04-01-16
    FettClone57 04-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    Excellent. I loved all the different voices and accents. The story was made full engrossing by Toby Stephens' performance.

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    Chris United States 10-02-15
    Chris United States 10-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen"

    good suspense lots of twists, well written. one of the better bond books that I have read

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