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Casino Royale | [Ian Fleming]

Casino Royale

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.
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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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    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 12-16-11
    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2007
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    Would you listen to Casino Royale again? Why?

    The book was a lot of fun. The story is even better than the film version and you can never go wrong with the amazing Simon Vance reading.


    What other book might you compare Casino Royale to and why?

    The Bond books are perfect for those who love the movies.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    As always I loved what Vance does with the voices. His James Bond voice is perfect.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Massena, NY, United States 08-19-11
    Elizabeth Massena, NY, United States 08-19-11
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    "male fantasy"

    the male equivalent of romance novels. I'd say it's dated but even Wilkie Collins published a hundred years earlier doesn't demonstrate such a juvenile view of women. Simon Vance does his usual good reading but can't save the book. ugh!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Nunya, IN, USA 08-04-08
    Stacy Nunya, IN, USA 08-04-08
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    "Good but not great."

    Definitely have a different perception of 007, as more of a male-centered figure than shows up in the films. I liked the fact that certain things are explained more fully than in the files though.

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    C. Drake Arkansas, USA 12-20-11
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    "The book that started it all"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Casino Royale to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is well read by Simon Vance, which gives it a very authentic british feel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    While the story might be dated compared to the movie, the books were a lot more realistic in their timeframe.


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    Anthony 12-14-11
    Anthony 12-14-11

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    "James Bond is the best"

    Love the James Bond series, great to see this on Audible. Would recommend this series to any fan of James Bond.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Highland Park, NJ, United States 11-01-11
    Simon Highland Park, NJ, United States 11-01-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic audiobook with a few technical issues"

    I had to relisten to the first hour, but after that, this audiobook was a joy to listen to. Classic Bond at his best. If you have a passing interest in the series, give it a try.

    I wanted to write a review though to note a few technical issues with the recording. While the narrator does a very good job in all respects, he doesn't seem to mind continuing to read while there is load background noise. At least once I heard a large truck drive by, and he manages to be quite loud turning pages, distractingly so. I haven't heard this in any other Audible audiobook, except, perhaps, Dr. No, also read by Simon Vance. Don't let this stop you from buying this, just don't be surprised.

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    Joell Nampa, ID, United States 11-25-07
    Joell Nampa, ID, United States 11-25-07
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    "Casino Royal great book"

    Makes Great listening traveling overseas. Thank you Joell

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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