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.
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"[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)
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
Overall good read. Characters were good and action was good. Worth the time to listen. Narration was good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Why Hollywood house to destroy a good story, the book was amazing and would've made a perfect screenplay. Skip all that crap at the beginning and stick to the books story and date of done just fine. Book was well read and story was and grossing.
I don't know why it took me so long to discover that Simon Vance had recorded the 007 series. I haven't read it or listen to an audio of it in a long time, but Simon Vance is the perfect reader for the series and this book comes to life with his performance. Easily worth the time and the money. This should be a priority for anyone looking for a great literary escape read by the best reader in recorded books history.
I haven't read the printed version only for fear of the material to be dated and become dry. After listening to it I simply can see that it might not be the case.
That it shows a lot of aspects that the movie got right and why the changes in the movie needed to be made.
I felt that he captured Ian Flemming's idea of how these characters should be read and kept me wanting to keep listening to the story.
This book was fantastic as long as you remember it was written in the 50's and use your imagination to make it updated to fit with the times. Ian Flemming described everything beautifully and made it easy to do. One does have to remember that going into this book it was written almost 10 years after WW2 and toward the beginning of the Cold War. It can also fit in today's headlines with terrorism and current relations of the superpowers.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
The very last line of the book. Solidified the character for me. Loved it.
Bond himself. I felt he was very honest with the world and himself. Very unapologetic. I can respect that.
It made it feel like the story would from Bond's perspective. Very... somber, controlled, direct yet artsy. The world did not feel analyzed it felt... tasted.
The brutality of a particular scene and the players involved. The sense of doom, hopelessness and anguish was over whelming.
Ive only seen a handful of ( mostly the newer) movies. I was shocked at how HUMAN and fleshed out Bond was. He was certainly an outlier but he still felt believable and relatable. He is a house hold name so i kinda felt like i was seeing the real life of some legend or whatever. VERY well written character.
Also the last half of the book dragged on for me because it was in stark contrast to what i wanted. BUT it was worth getting to for the last line of the book. It really made Bond feel capable in the face of ANYTHING.
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