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