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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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    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.


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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.

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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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    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!

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    Everett Boise, ID, United States 12-05-13
    Everett Boise, ID, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2015

    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
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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.


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    Michelle HIGHLAND, CA, United States 01-07-13
    Michelle HIGHLAND, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2014

    Michelle DeBellis

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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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    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 12-26-12
    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 12-26-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Okay Bond Entry, With A Caveat, See Below"
    What made the experience of listening to Live and Let Die the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Live and Let Die to and why?

    I have purchased some additional James Bond novels and have enjoyed the stories from the past that stick to more European plots.


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

    lThe narrator did an excellent job, good pace and storytelling skills abounded. Of course the UK accents were very important and done perfectly.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 11-06-12
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 11-06-12 Member Since 2015

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Surprisingly good"

    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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