M thinks he has an easy case for 007. Exactly what’s needed after his latest near-fatal encounter with SMERSH. However, arriving in Jamaica to look for a missing agent and his secretary, Bond learns that the reclusive Dr Julius No could be connected with their disappearance. When Bond and the exotic Honeychile Rider are imprisoned on Dr No’s private island, they realise that his plans could threaten international security.
Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Hugh Quarshie.
Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952 at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.
Hugh Quarshie has a long and distinguished television career that encompasses Doctor Who, Holby City, Small Island and White Heat and the award-winning The Murder of Stephen Lawrence. He has also appeared in the films Ghosted, Highlander, To Walk with Lions and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. His theatre credits include leading roles at the National Theatre, RSC and Manchester Royal Exchange.
©1958 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd (P)2013 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, 2012. © AudioGO Ltd, 2012. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under licence by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.
"Wildly funny…hair-raising in a loony way." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Masterful, beautifully written." (Raymond Chandler)
"Magnificent writing." (Time)
"The usual sado-masochistic free-for-all, plus octopuses." (The Observer)
"Artfully bold, dizzyingly poised…You’d much better read it than read about it." (New York Herald Tribune)
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"Damn good yarn this one mate"
Hugh Quarshie is fantastic on the accents. His pace is perfect and style easy to listen to.
Could be his background or the ability to make the Jamaican accent so perfect. His interview at the end is very enlightening.
Shaken but not stirred.
I am not sure if Hugh Quarshie could have done a good show on the previous books but I am quite prepared to listen to any book he narrates. His soft voice is a little hard to decipher with road noise in the car at times. Splendid work on his part.
"Heat and danger in Jamaica"
Possibly the best Bond novel, set almost exclusively in the steamy heat of Jamaica, which Fleming conveys brilliantly. Following the mysterious disappearance of the local operatives, Bond is called in to find what happened to them. The story holds its tension throughout, the villain is suitably cold-blooded, and the token beautiful woman has character for once! Hugh Quarshie is a great choice for the narrator with his rich dark voice, transporting you directly to the sun-drenched Caribbean, though his Jamaican characters are so well done that I found them hard to follow.
"Bond as it should be read."
Hugh Quarshie has a very soothing voice to listen to. He delivers the charisma and charm of Bond but can also adapt to a more ruthless tone when required. Overall I really enjoyed listening to this. It made a good night time read.
"Another Excellent Bond Story"
It's nearly 50 years since I first read Dr No and it was a great pleasure to listen to the audiobook. Like all the Bond books, this one has stood the test of time. Ian Fleming was an excellent writer and the story is masterfully constructed. The pictures one constructs in one's mind of the characters and events are so much better than the movie - especially of Bond's first sight of Honeychile Rider (played in the film by Ursula Andress and stunning and all as she was in *that* bikini, she was a bit overdressed!) I assumed that Hugh Quarshie the narrator was a native Jamaican such was his ability to convey the Jamaican patois but in fact he is from Ghana. He has done an outstanding job. All in all, another excellent Bond audiobook. Highly recommended.
"Another great James Bond audiobook"
Dr No is a slightly odd mixture in that the backdrop and build up of tension is done wonderfully well, particularly the ending though the story overall is a bit weak. But this is to split hairs. Overall, Dr No is a superb thriller, beautifully written and full of interesting asides.
Hugh Quarshie is just the man to narrate Dr No given the Jamaican backdrop, and he does more than justice to Ian Fleming's book; perfect sense of timing, captures the brooding menace very well, and draws the characters spot on. A great performance which undoubtedly enhances an already fine thriller.
"Does Fleming Justice!"
Good flow, good pace, and gripping plot.
His excellent, deep voice, and vocal range puts a depth to the story you wouldn't get from reading the words alone.
It already is, and I've got the DVD.
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