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©1954 Glidrose Productions, Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"[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)
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.
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.
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.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
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.
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!
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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.
ummmmmm....hard to say.
Yes...you cannot go wrong with Ian Flemming.
just writing this to submit the rest.
Yes, great book.
Yes, imaginitive and well read.
The final scene in which Bond has his revenge on Mr. Big.
This is a vintage Ian Fleming James Bond novel with an interesting plot if unconvincingly set in New York CIty that never existed and the Caribbean. It moves fast and it has a fair share of significant violence. There is an unsettling issue that needs a fair notice.
A warning, this book is dated and not politically or racially correct.
Unfortunately it fully displays a wide range of stupid prejudice that I am not sure was fair even in the time of this novel (1950's). Leave it to a British author to wallow in slighting American and Caribbean Blacks. I read this book as a young teen when it was off the press and remember the discordant racism dripping in the pages. I do not remember the universal racial inability and attitudes that this author wants to overlay on black Americans with a broad brush. Thank God, we have progressed. Ian Fleming would have you think that Harlem was a deep South segregated city full of flunkies and felons. As you may suspect, the menial jobs go to a certain ethnicity throughout and wherever. They are servants always in this book. So this book is an ugly little period piece.The reason I spent a little too much time on this issue is that the author used racial stereotypes and prejudice to style his way along, thinking it was very cute. It wasn't then and it most assuredly is not now. Ian Fleming was an excellent story teller. He served in the British Secret Service, hence his books ring somewhat true as he served in several overseas stations and that enriches the stories. The James Bond of this novel is not the same James Bond of the movie (a very dated entry in the Bond series now). The story is more simple than the film but with plenty of hair-raising action. I must say the the premise is somewhat obscure even at the end of the novel.
I have purchased some additional James Bond novels and have enjoyed the stories from the past that stick to more European plots.
lThe narrator did an excellent job, good pace and storytelling skills abounded. Of course the UK accents were very important and done perfectly.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
James Bond in the book is much harder than Bond from the films, making him a much more interesting character. Moments of real excitement. I cannot believe that I liked this book so much.
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