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Diamonds Are Forever | [Ian Fleming]

Diamonds Are Forever

African diamonds are being smuggled into the United States, and it's up to the British Secret Service to infiltrate the organized crime families in America and destroy the smugglers. James Bond is not afraid of gangsters, but then he hasn't really met any until now. With advice from his American friend, Felix Leiter, Bond tracks a diamond smuggling ring from Africa through London to the United States.
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Publisher's Summary

African diamonds are being smuggled into the United States, and it's up to the British Secret Service to infiltrate the organized crime families in America and destroy the smugglers.

James Bond is not afraid of gangsters, but then he hasn't really met any until now. With advice from his American friend, Felix Leiter, Bond tracks a diamond smuggling ring from Africa through London to the United States. He is aided by the gorgeous, hard-boiled Tiffany Case, whom he uses to infiltrate the gang. However, the hunter becomes the prey, and Bond finds that he must depend upon Tiffany for his very survival.

Shaken? Stirred? Check out 007's other assignments.

©1956 Glidrose Productions, Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The remarkable thing about this book is that it is written by an Englishman. The scene is almost entirely American and it rings true to an American. I am unaware of any other writer who has accomplished this." (Raymond Chandler)
"Diamonds Are Forever darts from location to location at a rapid pace. It is full of action and is extremely exciting; but the true highlights of the novel are Bond's relationships with Tiffany Case and Felix Leiter. Fleming's characterizations keep improving in this, his fourth book." (Raymond Benson, author of High Time to Kill)

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    Miles GE 04-19-08
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    "Impeccable"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 07-01-14
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 07-01-14 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "A brilliant and flawless story by Fleming"

    Diamonds Are Forever ties with Dr. No for my favorite James Bond book. The movie based on this book is also very good, but the adaptation is poor in comparison to the book. The story is engaging and riveting, the characters are well developed and the performance by Simon Vance is flawless. A+ in my book.

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    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 06-23-14
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Fleming does it again"

    Another Bond novel that goes out of its way to remind us that Bond is a human, not someone who jumps directly to the case being solved. He misses things and occasionally gets things wrong. He regrets killing people and this internal struggle adds another piece to the puzzle of the man who is James Bond. Excellently read and an excellent story - combine to equal another great experience.

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    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-11-13
    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Cant go wrong with Ian Flemming"
    What made the experience of listening to Diamonds Are Forever the most enjoyable?

    Simon Vance does a perfect job of narrating this wonderful book.


    Would you recommend Diamonds Are Forever to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, James Bond is such a great series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 04-30-13
    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Bond is Forever"

    Every year millions of pounds worth of diamonds are being smuggled out of the African diamond mines. M has decided that James Bond must stop this leak. To that end James goes undercover as a diamond smuggler to America. This adventure will lead Bond across the United States, back to England, and finally to Africa. Along the way he will team up again with his old friend Felix Leiter. Together they will track the criminals to a racing track in New England, across the US to Las Vegas and into the desert. Bond will have to escape from several deadly traps in order to survive this mission. When it is all over he will have a new respect for the Mafia. It is a fun spy caper full of gangsters, smuggles, and an alluring woman. What more could you ask for in a James Bond novel?

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    Dale La Grange, KY, United States 02-14-13
    Dale La Grange, KY, United States 02-14-13
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    "Classic Ian Fleming!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the story, I love the characters. It is a classic I love going back to again and again


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    ROBERT R FLORES Austin, TX USA 08-13-12
    ROBERT R FLORES Austin, TX USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "good book , not great"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Diamonds Are Forever to be better than the print version?

    good but not great . fun book , not the best bond book i read.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    simon is awesome


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    M. A. Moody Raleigh, NC USA 05-13-12
    M. A. Moody Raleigh, NC USA 05-13-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Excellent performance of a so-so Bond"
    Where does Diamonds Are Forever rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    If you are like me, you have to listen to the entire series regardless of how good or bad the novel. This is probably the least impressive of the series, with cardboard cut-out villains.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ian Fleming? Why or why not?

    Considering I've read them all, yes.


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

    SV does an amazing job with all of them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not particularly, but it was a good listen regardless.


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    Patrick New Bern, NC, United States 12-12-11
    Patrick New Bern, NC, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Very good audio book"

    This is a very good audio book told my a master storyteller. Would have been 5 stars but for a few editing blunders; (repeated paragraphs)

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    c 12-13-12
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    "Don't buy this audiobook... it's the"

    ... it's the first 19 chapters of Diamonds are forever then chapter 20 of Live and Let Die.

    I'm demanding a refund. I will either get the credit returned, an undamaged copy of this book or the appropriate government agency shall get an email about this audiobook.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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