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Live and Let Die Audiobook

Live and Let Die

Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes; those who cross him will meet painful ends -- like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her lover, James Bond. Both are marked as victims in a trail of treachery that leads from New York's black underworld to the dark secrets of the island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own. Voodoo, sharks, barracuda, time bombs, harpoon guns, torture, and terror are the ingredients for a scalding brew that reaches the boiling point in an eruption of violence.
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Publisher's Summary

Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes; those who cross him will meet painful ends -- like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her lover, James Bond. Both are marked as victims in a trail of treachery that leads from New York's black underworld to the dark secrets of the island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own. Voodoo, sharks, barracudas, time bombs, harpoon guns, torture, and terror are the ingredients for a scalding brew that reaches the boiling point in an eruption of violence.

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©1954 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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    Pork C. Fish 05-22-12 Listener Since 2010

    Touching Lives One Martini at a Time

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    "A Product of Its Time"

    This is a great second-novel after the terse and violent Casino Royale. It is the least politically-correct novel of the series. If you can't deal with the "understood" racism in the US and UK in the 1950s, then don't read this. It will only anger you. Fleming's view of African-Americans is not enlightened except to the extend that Bond is willing to deal to achieve his ends.

    The story is about a gold smuggling operation which takes Bond to Jamaica, Florida, and Harlem. There are many violent passages in the novel, again in keeping with the tone begun in the last novel.

    It is interesting how Fleming's knowledge of the Cold War comes to light through his use of the Soviets using the nascent Black Power movements to further its cause. (Especially since KGB papers later released revealed how there was Communist infiltration into union and civil rights organizations.)

    This novel also begins the travelogue feel that Fleming gave to his novels from his experiences as a journalist and an intelligence officer. We get a look at Idlewild Airport in the 1950s, which is interesting. Fleming's penchant for scuba also comes through.

    This is another taut thriller in the tradition of the 1950s potboilers. It moves fast and is unforgiving to its characters. It is a good listen and Vance does a marvelous job narrating. I keep saying it, but I love these novels more because of the way he reads them.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Miles GE 04-19-08
    Miles GE 04-19-08 Listener Since 2007
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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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David MERIDIAN, ID, United States 03-25-09
    David MERIDIAN, ID, United States 03-25-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Narrator"

    Simon Vance is fantastic. I've always been a Bond fan and his narration is just great.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John B Jensen 02-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun!"

    I enjoyed the representation of new York and a pretty unique plot. Very fun read.

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    Steven 02-18-16
    Steven 02-18-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Good story but terribly racist"
    If you could sum up Live and Let Die in three words, what would they be?

    It's a corking good adventure tale.... But with appaling racism and sexism. You may give a grain of salt since it was written in 1954... But srsly... N-bombs galore.


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    Keith Walker 04-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I love bond"

    I don't really want to write this much and am a little upset it forces me to when it forces me to rate the book.

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    Nathan E. McCormack 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Ruined by racism"
    What would have made Live and Let Die better?

    Another reviewer stated that this novel is "politically incorrect." No. It is patently racist. While it may be an artifact of the time in which it was written, I found it completely off-putting and probably should have stopped listening in the first half hour. Otherwise, it is a very engaging narrative and would have been an outstanding novel (and performance) otherwise.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Reed NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 01-13-15
    Reed NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 01-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Story, Horrible Racism"

    Fleming can weave a yarn but even granting that the book was written in 1954 the stereotypes are horrific. A lot less racial epithets would have made this a much better book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Anniston, AL, United States 12-30-14
    Amazon Customer Anniston, AL, United States 12-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Bond #2"

    Outstanding work by Simon Vance. While I am a fan of every Bond novel, except for The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die might be a bit much for those unaccustomed to reading about racial stereotypes from the 1950's. That aside, Fleming's story is far better than the film version.

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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 06-02-14
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 06-02-14 Member Since 2014

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

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    "Great Listen! Highly Recommended!"

    This is the 2nd Ian Fleming 007 book I have listened to (I am listening to them in the order they were published) and I enjoyed it more than the 1st. The plot was very well developed and easier to follow than Casino Royale. The "Bond Girl" in this book was more likable too. A very well written novel and a great performance.

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