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Live and Let Die Audiobook

Live and Let Die

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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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    MHRBVH 04-19-08
    MHRBVH 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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    Terry Holder WAKE FOREST, NC USA 08-22-16
    Terry Holder WAKE FOREST, NC USA 08-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as good as I had hoped. Not enough James Bond"

    Expected more danger and development of the story. Mr Big character was not no evil enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah McCorkle 07-21-16
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    "Action"

    Powerful action, dark suspense, mysterious treasure and glamourous women wisk you away to exotic places with gorgeous views and beautiful cuisine. Of course Bond's unquenchable thirst for perfect coctails and Turkish cigarettes lend to his success. Ian Fleming is unequaled in talent with the exception of Simon Vance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lola Clapton Pepperland 07-12-16
    Lola Clapton Pepperland 07-12-16 Member Since 2014

    Lil' Lola Blue

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    "Best Way To Experience the Literary Bond"

    The narrator is perfect, and the action as it plays out in the mind's eye is as good as the early Bond films. After a few chapters, you even begin to see Fleming's Bond as Bond. I have listened to all the Fleming Bond books. This is one of the best.

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    Lauren M Ransford 06-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't bother"

    Ian Fleming's sadism and misogyny full bloom in a melodramatic vendetta plot. The books are a waste of time.

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    Michael 06-19-16
    Michael 06-19-16
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    "Pretty great"

    Book was great and if the semi racial wording bothers you read a book that wasn't written in the fifties, Ok?

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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