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Casino Royale Audiobook
Casino Royale
Written by: 
Ian Fleming
Narrated by: 
Simon Vance
Casino Royale Audiobook

Casino Royale

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Listening to Casino Royale is like peeling away the shell of a cultural icon and returning to the good, exotic thrillers that gave it birth. As captured by narrator Simon Vance, Bond is as suave, British, and ultra-competent as you'd expect, but he's also startlingly vulnerable, falling victim to both his enemies and his own doubts. With a wry, knowing delivery, Vance excels at capturing the tension in Fleming's prose: he wrings Bond's torture for every last, excruciating squirm. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome, chillingly ruthless, and licensed to kill. This, the first of Ian Fleming's tales of secret agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called "Le Chiffre" by ruining him at the Baccarat table, forcing his Soviet spymasters to "retire" him.

It seems that lady luck has sided with 007 when Le Chiffre hits a losing streak. But some people just refuse to play by the rules, and Bond's attraction to a beautiful female agent leads him to disaster...and to an unexpected savior.

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

©1953 Glidrose Productions, Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A]n intense, fascinating, and moody piece of fiction." (Raymond Benson, author of High Time to Kill)
"Britisher [Simon Vance] takes a suitably urbane approach, sounding as if he is attired in white tails and sipping a very dry martini between takes [and] taking particular pleasure with his characterizations." (AudioFile)

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    Kevin der Kinderen 12-15-12
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    "Not the TV James Bond"

    I religiously watch all the James Bond movies, most multiple times. I like all the actors that have played the part of James Bond. Over the years I've come to think I know James Bond and what to expect from him.

    I came across these books while looking for my next read. I don't often pick a book after I've already seen the movie but I never read any James Bond books so I figured I would give it a try. I was surprised Casino Royale is actually first in the series.

    I'm happy to say that the books and the movies can exist independently. There is very very very little that ties the two together. I was amazed at what runs through James Bond's mind, how he thinks of himself and how he thinks through a situation. The book Bond is not the same as the TV Bond. The book makes fiction very believable. So while I enjoyed the story a lot I was more captured by how Ian Fleming thinks through his characters and how much more realistic and believable the book is than the movie. I'm going to enjoy this series.

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    Marcy 07-09-12
    Marcy 07-09-12
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    "Intriguing Early Bond..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Casino Royale to be better than the print version?

    More fun than reading as the narrator does a super job of bringing the characters to life. Quite enjoyable!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Having never read a Bond book before, I was pleasantly surpsired by character development and depth. The pacing was slower than a typical Bond movie, but That allows for insight and developement into James Bond--the man--versus the spy. The ending fit the book and I liked it. Although I did not confirm this, I feel that this must be an early volume in the overall Bond storyline. The movie was quite different and I liked them both for different reasons.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I chose this book because I loved Simon Vance in the Dragon Tattoo series. I missed the ol' chap and wanted to enjoy his company again. Plus there's was the Daniel Craig movie role link between these works;)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    While I always enjoy spies and mystery and action, as a woman, I can't resist a love story either. The book's love interest plot line was much deeper than explored in most Bond movies.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 08-26-10
    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 08-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Short and SWEET!"

    Overall good read. Characters were good and action was good. Worth the time to listen. Narration was good.

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    Alex Claremont, CA, United States 03-05-11
    Alex Claremont, CA, United States 03-05-11
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    "Enjoyable but uneven"

    I was pleasantly surprised by how good a writer Ian Fleming was. The first half of the book is very good. Among other things, James Bond is different from the James Bond of the movies, and that makes for added interest. The second half of the book is not bad, but odd. Fleming sets things up for a final twist, like most thriller writers, but readers will see the twist coming a mile away. Worse yet, you have to wonder why Bond doesn't see it coming. Despite that problem, this is a solid read.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Miles GE 04-19-08
    Miles GE 04-19-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Impeccable"

    The action-oriented espionage classics by Ian Fleming are always an enjoyable read, or in this case, listen. The audio is great, and the narrator's voice and accent create an enthralling, believable production of the literature.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kaui 07-18-16
    Kaui 07-18-16 Member Since 2015

    I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks

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    "Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators, but.."
    What would have made Casino Royale better?

    A better plot, more action.


    Has Casino Royale turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    So... I picked up this book to listen to because it was short, lite and on a topic I love - James Bond. This was the first book about James Bond that I have read and it was not good. Simon Vance is the narrator I listened to (I like to choose light, easy books to listen to while I walk and hike and drive on road trips) and he was, as always, delightful to the ear. However, the plot was thin and the action not as visceral as with a movie. Oh well, I am ruined for Ian Fleming novels; I will stick with the action flicks. On the bright side, this ejects an entire oeuvre from my to-read list, freeing up some time for massive assaults like Infinite Jest...

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    Deborah McCorkle 07-09-16
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    "Immaculently preserved Bond"

    Vintage brilliance and wonderment with a cloak. Vance is a finely tuned and magnificent talent. Fleming is a master of entertainment.

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    David Hughes Sydney 01-07-16
    David Hughes Sydney 01-07-16 Member Since 2015

    Mad Science Fiction reader. Just love the stuff.

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    "A must read, and a book that is a must have!"
    Where does Casino Royale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Written by a man, for other men, a adventure story with one of the great characters of the 20th Century Bond, James Bond, Good story, populated by real people, well worth a read and a story that is well within the realm of having happened, even if it is fiction.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Casino Royale?

    Without giving away the story, but the girl at the end of the book and how Bond is affected by her actions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How Fleming ended the book, can't wait to get my hands on Book 2 - "Live and let die.".


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The interaction of Bond with himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Next book please Ian and thank you very, very enjoyable..

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    Ja Za 08-02-15
    Ja Za 08-02-15
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    "Pretty good rendition of an overrated novel"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story is very weak, and the characters are cardboard. I believe one early chapter was almost entirely devoted to the mechanics of gambling in baccarat or something. Fleming might have entertained another generation, but it is honestly not interesting any longer.


    Has Casino Royale turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Casino Royale consistently ranks toward the top of Fleming's novels in the Bond series. But honestly I can't see what the appeal is. Even though I know Fleming was involved in intelligence activities in WW2, it still seems that the author is basically naive about how intelligence organizations function and what makes an operation. That said, if you like the movie you will probably like the audiobook because the movie followed the book slavishly.


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    forrider 06-24-15
    forrider 06-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "not as embellished as the movie but more lifelike."

    not as embellished as the movie but more lifelike. Bravo narrator! This is the first book ive read/listened to by ian fleming. I wasn't sure what to expect, now I'm certain I'll have to download more from this series

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