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Dr. No | [Ian Fleming]

Dr. No

M calls this case a "soft option". He sends Bond to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of the head of the Kingston station. Jamaica is luxurious, and the seductive Honey Rider is beautiful and willing, but they are both part of the empire of Dr. No.
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Publisher's Summary

M calls this case a "soft option". He sends Bond to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of the head of the Kingston station. Jamaica is luxurious, and the seductive Honey Rider is beautiful and willing, but they are both part of the empire of Dr. No.

Bond discovers that Dr. No is working with the Russians, and that they have supplied him with several million dollars worth of equipment to sabotage nearby American missile tests. The doctor is a worthy adversary, with a mind as hard and cold as his solid steel hands and an obsession for power. His only gifts are strictly pain-shaped.

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

©1958 Glidrose Production, Ltd.; (P)2001 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Masterful...beautifully written." (Sunday London Times)
"[Simon Vance's] polished voice is an enchanting accompaniment to Fleming's exotic settings and stories. His English accent is as smooth as a dry martini, shaken not stirred....Listening to these unabridged novels is more subtle than watching the films, but ultimately more rewarding." (AudioFile)

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    T. D. Johnson 04-24-15
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    "Great story!!"

    I liked hearing the personal thoughts of Bond. You get a glimpse of his human side.

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 04-23-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 04-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Always better than the Hollywood version!"

    While not Flemings best work, the dark and moody world of the original Bond still surpasses the Hollywood fare. There are none of the quirky one liners here, and the descriptions of pain and death are stark.

    As with many works of this era, it can be chauvinistic, however the female role is still that of a strong character who carries her own.

    A simple story harkening back to the Cold War era, this is still an enjoyable story I recommend. As always, Simon Vance does a remarkable job and greatly enhances the listening experience.

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    jkeramidas Brooklyn, NY 02-04-14
    jkeramidas Brooklyn, NY 02-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story and narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dr. No to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book


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

    Yes it did, the quality of the story and the very high quality narration by Simon Vance made it a compelling listen


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the dinner between Dr. No and James Bond was fantastic


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    They've already done this


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    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-11-13
    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is James Bond and Ian Flemming-you cannot go wrong.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dr. No?

    Just writing this to submit the review.


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    Patrick United States 06-23-13
    Patrick United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A dated classic"
    Would you listen to Dr. No again? Why?

    The performance was excellent, and really brought the story to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved Bond's superspy workout: Run a mile, swim half a mile, sunbathe for an hour, and drink four drinks. I also loved that he had three or four drinks when he was on his missions. Maybe it helped him stay sharp.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, Dr. No is sexist and racist, and the action is ridiculous. However, if you can look past the dated attitudes, it's a fun period piece.

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    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 05-07-13
    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "James Bond faces a Deadly Crime Lord"

    James Bond has recovered from the near fatal wound that he received in his last adventure against SMERSH. M has decided to give him a soft job to get him back in the swing of things. The head of the Jamaica station and his secretary have been murdered, although no one knows it. They have simply disappeared. M wants to know what has happened so he sends James. When Bond arrives he is met with a strange mystery. It seems that all of the trouble is coming from a place called Crab Island which is owned by the reclusive Dr. No. Now Bond has to get himself back in shape to hunt down the truth behind this elusive and potentially deadly new foe.

    There is everything we expect from a Bond novel, a beautiful, sexy woman, an evil villain, dangerous traps, and determined heroics from 007. As always the Bond books are a lot of fun.

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    Brion 02-22-13
    Brion 02-22-13
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    "A good listen and nothing like the movie."

    A couple of years ago I listened to a book of short stories by Ian Fleming and I was surprised at how different they were than the movies. Although they were dated, they really have stood the test of time well. The reader does a good job for the most part with the exception of his “American accent”. There may be things in the book that in hindsight are less appealing, (racial and class descriptions), none the less they are a reflection of the times, and in many cases much of the book was well ahead of its time. The principal character is both flawed and human. He is not the indestructible bond of the movies, he has much more depth. I found this book much more plausible than many of the popular spy authors writing today, and similar in style to Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon.

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    David THOMASVILLE, GA, United States 02-18-13
    David THOMASVILLE, GA, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic Bond"
    Would you listen to Dr. No again? Why?

    Yes. I have read the book and seen the movie many times but it was worth listening too, as well. Easy to follow and nicely told story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It provides more insights to character than the movie.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Good job of providing different voices and nice job of building excitement in key places.


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    SeanR 07-24-12
    SeanR 07-24-12
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    "The real 007 you won't see on the screen - amazing"
    Would you listen to Dr. No again? Why?

    Yes - Amazing mix of atmospheric narrative with real, well developed characters. Bond is a man with feelings and weaknesses, the girl has a broken nose - the electricity is palpable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Honeyrider - tough and feminine.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Vance is the MAN - 007 of his class.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Surprising and redeeming.

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    Bette 05-27-12
    Bette 05-27-12
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    "A Bond I Never Knew"

    Here is a Bond who feels pain, drinks vodka, gin & tonic, and bourbon as well as the famous shaken-not-stirred. This Bond can apologize for having to kill, wonders about the destination of a dead friend and of the dead villain, and a Bond who even cries.

    Still, all the cool, controlled rationality is there; and, of course, he gets the girl, but at her insistence. I've enjoyed the films over the years through the change in actors, preferring Connery, Brosnan and Craig. But Dr. No was my first Ian Fleming book, and I enjoyed meeting his slightly more human Bond and will listen to others. Yes, the plot is as oulandish and the villains as extreme as any Bond film, but that is part of the fun.

    Simon Vance's reading gives a perfect tone of British cool and humor, making it a nice break from longer, more literary listening. I'm thankful for Audible.com sales that encourage me to try books I might not risk precious credits on!

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