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Live and Let Die | [Ian Fleming]

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 Syracuse, NY 05-22-12
    Pork C. Fish Syracuse, NY 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.

    3 of 3 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 2 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 6 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne White Salmon, WA, United States 01-02-13
    Yvonne White Salmon, WA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Narration"
    If you could sum up Live and Let Die in three words, what would they be?

    James falls into all kinds of trouble and gets lucky. Not much real spy work by James, but a whole lot of action. Warning, it is dated and racist, but gives good insight into the thinking of the late 50s and the change to the 60s.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tons of action


    Which scene was your favorite?

    James in the warehouse using his detective skills


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

    Sharks, Voodoo and a pretty girl....I can read your mind.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Prospect Park, PA, United States 03-05-12
    Paul Prospect Park, PA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Simon Vance telling the James Bond story"
    Would you listen to Live and Let Die again? Why?

    I loved Live and Let Die. I really enjoy Simon Vance reading the stories to me and I will continue to listen to the Ian Fleming James Bond series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I do not wish to give anything away but it is a great story. I would recommend this volume and all of the others by Ian Fleming read by Simon Vance.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I like to hear the James Bond stories from a smooth British voice because I feel that is how the book was intended to be read. It would be seem wrong for someone else to be the voice of Bond.


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

    I listen to this Audio book over two days only because I did not have the back to back hours to sit down and listen to it straight through.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 06-02-14
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 06-02-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 04-27-14
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Another example of how movies 'interpret' books"

    Being a Bond Movie fan - I am familiar with Live and Let Die, the movie. The book however comes as a surprise, set approximately 20 years earlier in a pre-Civil rights movement United States (and other locations) the differences between the movie and book are glaring and obvious. That having been said, both are good but I daresay that the book was better and more likely. Bond Fans - read on - its worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Everett Boise, ID, United States 12-05-13
    Everett Boise, ID, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2008

    Writer, blogger, and lover of a good story.

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    "I liked the movie better"
    If you could sum up Live and Let Die in three words, what would they be?

    The book is very different than what I remember in the movie. I enjoyed the book, but it is not exciting as the movie. Now I wish I read the book first.


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    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-11-13
    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Live and Let Die to be better than the print version?

    ummmmmm....hard to say.


    Would you recommend Live and Let Die to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes...you cannot go wrong with Ian Flemming.


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

    just writing this to submit the rest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle HIGHLAND, CA, United States 01-07-13
    Michelle HIGHLAND, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very entertaining couldn't wait to hear next one!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great book.


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

    Yes, imaginitive and well read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene in which Bond has his revenge on Mr. Big.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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