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From Russia with Love | [Ian Fleming]

From Russia with Love

Every major foreign government organization has a file on British secret agent James Bond. Now, Russia's lethal SMERSH organization has targeted him for elimination. SMERSH is the Soviet organ of vengeance, interrogation, torture, and death. James Bond is dedicated to the destruction of its agents wherever he finds them.
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Publisher's Summary

Every major foreign government organization has a file on British secret agent James Bond. Now, Russia's lethal SMERSH organization has targeted him for elimination. SMERSH is the Soviet organ of vengeance, interrogation, torture, and death. James Bond is dedicated to the destruction of its agents wherever he finds them.

Far away in Moscow, SMERSH has laid a death-trap for Bond with an enticing lure: the irresistible Tatiana Romanova, who lures 007 to Istanbul promising the top-secret Spektor cipher machine. But when Bond walks willingly into the trap, a game of cross and double-cross ensues -- with Bond both the stakes and the prize.

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

©1957 Glidrose Productions, Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[Simon Vance] delivers an entertaining performance of one of Fleming's best 007 novels. Using a rich palette of international voices and accents, [Vance] takes an engaging story and infuses it with the additional drama that only a fine actor can provide." (AudioFile)
"From Russia with Love is perhaps the most successful of the Bond series: Fleming has managed to blend excellent characterizations with a highly suspenseful and clever story. The detail is rich and colorful, and the novel contains purely romantic elements that are missing from most of the other books." (Raymond Benson, author of High Time to Kill)

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    Vanessa Los Angeles 11-28-13
    Vanessa Los Angeles 11-28-13 Member Since 2011

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Attributed to Groucho Marx

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    "Great Story"
    Would you listen to From Russia with Love again? Why?

    Yes, Lots of twist and turns.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of From Russia with Love?

    The ending, there is a twist at the end that I was not expecting.


    What three words best describe Simon Vance’s voice?

    He is the perfect James Bond


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a fan of the James Bond movies, but I am becoming a fan of the books, I am working my way through the series and they are a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-11-13
    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-11-13
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    "Another great one from Ian Flemming."
    Would you listen to From Russia with Love again? Why?

    Absolutely! You can always get into the story more on a 2nd listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of From Russia with Love?

    The end.


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    Nicholas Orlando, FL, United States 04-02-13
    Nicholas Orlando, FL, United States 04-02-13
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    "Great Bond Listen!"
    What did you love best about From Russia with Love?

    The best feature about From Russia with love was the fact they used Simon Vance as the narrative. That British accent made the audiobook seem more...realistic.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book to any Bond fan. The WhisperSync for Voice was also amazing. I wasn't a huge fan of switching from eBook to audiobook, but this was different and was expanding on the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ROBERT R FLORES Austin, TX USA 08-13-12
    ROBERT R FLORES Austin, TX USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Awsome book , awesomely read"
    If you could sum up From Russia with Love in three words, what would they be?

    great beginning about SMESH .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of SMESH and some of its guys.


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

    Greatly read.


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-26-12
    Eric Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "James Bond w/ an unexpected twist"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of the great retro Ian Fleming novels, and includes an inside look at SMERSH.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The girl, a Russian spy


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    His accent


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

    They did make a film. It was one of President Kennedy's favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    The book ends with an unexpected twist, which prompted me to do some additional research about the book & story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Alton, MO, United States 01-23-12
    Amazon Customer Alton, MO, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2008

    Denzil and Judy share this account. Some reviews (Bond and Sci Fi) are Denzil and the chick lit reviews are Judy.

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    I never knew how much background the movies had to leave out until I listened to this book. Great story telling by the Ian Fleming and a performance by one of the best in the business.

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    Mark Aptos, CA, United States 11-27-09
    Mark Aptos, CA, United States 11-27-09 Member Since 2006
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    "well written and well performed"

    The narration is perfect for Iam Fleming's work. I have discovered that Ian Fleming was a great writer that didn't waste a lot of words to tell a story. I am now going to the beginning of the Bond series and will listen them from the beginning to the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Bronx, NY, United States 10-22-09
    Andy Bronx, NY, United States 10-22-09

    Andy

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    "perfect and a lot of fun"

    Simon Prebble does amazing work here and enables the tension and fun in this book to come out. Interestingly, I picked it up right after I'd concluded his different narration of "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and was surprisingly struck by the plot point similarities.

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    Miles GE 04-19-08
    Miles GE 04-19-08 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Adam Shields 06-25-13 Member Since 2014

    Book blogger at Bookwi.se

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    "Weakly plotted sexist, racist pulp fiction"

    I grew up watching James Bond movies. So I don't have anything against Bond as a character. But this is now the third of the novels I have read or listened to and the books are weak. Bond is lucky not good.

    I know these are pulp fiction novels and not literature. So I try to evaluate them based on when they are written and why. But then you are jarred awake when you listen to one of the characters (a good guy) boasting of kidnapping and raping women in his youth and Bond watching two women fight to death (much of the time they are naked) over a man, not Bond. But even the Bond girl asks Bond to beat her if she ever eats too much and starts to gain weight. And Bond assure her that he will.

    I want to like these, I really do. But they just are not all that good. At least this was less cartoony than Goldfinger. That was truly the worse of them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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