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)
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.
The Bond books are perfect for those who love the movies.
As always I loved what Vance does with the voices. His James Bond voice is perfect.
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!
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.
The audio version is well read by Simon Vance, which gives it a very authentic british feel.
While the story might be dated compared to the movie, the books were a lot more realistic in their timeframe.
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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