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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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    Slapsy Minneapolis, MN., USA 11-22-12
    Slapsy Minneapolis, MN., USA 11-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you listen to Casino Royale again? Why?

    I would listen to Casino Royale again because the narrator, Simon Vance, is possibly one of the best storytellers I've ever heard. You can certainly imagine he is James Bond.


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    Greg Brewster, New York, United States 10-15-12
    Greg Brewster, New York, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2011

    GMo

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    "Incredible, increases my love of the character"
    Would you listen to Casino Royale again? Why?

    I am a huge fan of the James Bond franchise. I had always wanted to read these books but now with audible I had the perfect opportunity


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the character and the time. It was written in adds a lot more drama to the story


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I think the voice performance for this book was fantastic and I can't wait to get the entire series!


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

    The bitch is dead.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the book is fantastic I love the story and it's incredible to me that movie with Daniel Craig did such a great adaptation of it for modern times

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    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 09-24-12
    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun story and well read"

    It was great to hear Bond as he was written and not the interpretation of a filmmaker. Fun story. It does show its age in some of the attitudes Bond holds. Good narration.

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    Peter Rocky Hill, CT, United States 08-31-12
    Peter Rocky Hill, CT, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "So much Fun Mr. Bond!"
    Where does Casino Royale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lots of fun since I usually read historic novels


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was on the edge of my car seat. Especially when they cut the bottom out of the cane chair!


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

    Bond, shaken not stirred...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was great!


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    M. Harrison 07-20-12
    M. Harrison 07-20-12

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    "I love it"
    What made the experience of listening to Casino Royale the most enjoyable?

    I love the James Bond character anyway, so getting to explore the books is great for me. Simon Vance does an excellent job at narrating.


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

    The ending.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I like the way his well modulated voice brings Bond to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen...worth the money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-17-12
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "My first James Bond reading experience"

    This was my first experience of Bond outside of the films. There were several things I found quite surprising. I enjoyed the story more than I thought I would, it was simple and straight forward. Bond himself was much darker and less likable than the movie-portrayed version. I enjoyed this, narration was good, and I would listen to more.

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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!

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    Jason PICKERINGTON, OHIO, United States 01-08-11
    Jason PICKERINGTON, OHIO, United States 01-08-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "I must be spoiled by the movie"

    Highly disappointed is an understatement. This is the first time I have tried to read a James Bond adventure and now I wish I hadn't. I'm not completely sure if it's the writing or the person reading it? The long drawn out moments that lead from point A to point B are tedious, uninteresting, and at times downright boring. You should not be able to fall asleep during one of these books! The novel is short on the upside but the movies are much shorter and much better. Ten bucks for the book or Ten bucks for the movie? Get the movie.

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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.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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