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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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    Doug Columbus, NC, United States 11-28-11
    Doug Columbus, NC, United States 11-28-11 Member Since 2004

    Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.

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    "A classic James Bond thriller"

    Ian Fleming wrote some fabulous thrillers with James Bond at the center. Doctor No is one of the better stories. The plot is at least feasible, although it is somewhat dated now, given that the story is 60 years old. Still, I enjoyed the audio as much as I did the print book which I read 40 years ago. Fleming keeps the listener on edge with his sharp eye on leading the listener into suspenseful situations. Of course Bond is victorious in the end, but the voyage is very entertaining.

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    Don BETHANY, OK, United States 04-26-11
    Don BETHANY, OK, United States 04-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic bond done in a great sounding voice"

    James Bond.

    If you have only seen the movies then you really need to download this book.

    It is well done and the story lends itself to the format. A great way to start your Ian Flemming addiction because once you start you have to read them all.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    John L Knoxville, TN USA 12-05-12
    John L Knoxville, TN USA 12-05-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A Terrific Listen"
    What did you love best about Dr. No?

    James Bond stories are always exciting and fun to listen to, but what I really loved was the character, Honey Child, and her relationship with James Bond.


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

    I loved Honey Child especially. Her street smarts along with her innocence were charming. Simon Vance gave a really believable presentation of her character.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first James Bond novel I've ever listened to. I thought the characters were presented so much better than in the movie, and the plot was exciting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony 12-14-11
    Anthony 12-14-11

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Another great Bond"

    Dr. No one of my favorites. Great job by Simon Vance, bond series is great.

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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-17-11
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-17-11 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "Classic Jimmy, my man, the legend, Bond"

    What can I say...it was fun. It was the first Bond flick and I saw it at the movie theatre when it first came out when I was nine years old(1960). The audio book did not disappoint. I enjoyed totally.

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    Simon Tampa, FL, United States 07-02-11
    Simon Tampa, FL, United States 07-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrific narration and a rollicking good story"

    While I've seen every James Bond film, this was the first Ian Flemming novel I've been exposed to. I enjoyed the story immensely, and was struck by the narrator's skill at bringing these improbable, fruity characters to life. Highly recommended diversionary listen.

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    Curtis 01-02-13
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    "A calm adventure."
    What made the experience of listening to Dr. No the most enjoyable?

    Simon Vance is a great reader. Thankfully he has been the only voice for 007 to this point. Makes it real easy and familiar to read... a continuation from book to book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Still enjoyable as a 007 book. Least enjoyable was the let down of the quickness of the story. It was over way too soon... only one quick adventure and a drawn-out ending. Sadly, that's audio books for you, though. You'll not know how many more pages are left (few or a lot) and then you hit the end and cannot believe it. That's how I felt with Dr. No. However, it's difficult for a late writer to adjust his further works.


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

    Only listened to Simon Vance in the 007 series. Again, the familiarity from book to book makes 007 more realistic... believable. He's never been rushed while reading, and, as he is an entertainer, he can deliver the lines with perfection.


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

    I COULD have listened to it in one sitting. And yes, I could have easily enjoyed it in one sitting.


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    Shaunt BURBANK, CA, United States 07-30-12
    Shaunt BURBANK, CA, United States 07-30-12
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    "One of the better Bond books."
    If you could sum up Dr. No in three words, what would they be?

    Great villain/setting.


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

    Bond is closer to death in this book than any other. A couple of old characters from Live and Let Die return for this adventure.


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

    Definitely Bond.


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

    Hard to put this one down.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend all of the bond books, especially read by Simon Vance. This is certainly one of the best ones.

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    Steve Corona, NY, United States 11-22-11
    Steve Corona, NY, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Dr. No is a YES"

    It has been years since I read a 007 Book. It was nice to get back to the original stories rather than the Hollywood Twist that they have given the Fleming novels. I love the movies and enjoy them but it is nice to get back to the original source materials. Mr. Vance's reading of the books was perfect for the style and setting of the original story line. It is a bit of a different Bond than we see in the latest moves and takes you back to the original man with his fears, short comings as well as his style, bravery and "Bondness."

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