We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$20.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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.

Shaken? Stirred? Check out 007's other assignments.

©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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (513 )
5 star
 (203)
4 star
 (210)
3 star
 (79)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (6)
Overall
4.1 (335 )
5 star
 (139)
4 star
 (118)
3 star
 (69)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.5 (330 )
5 star
 (208)
4 star
 (88)
3 star
 (27)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Pork C. Fish 05-22-12 Listener Since 2010

    Touching Lives One Martini at a Time

    HELPFUL VOTES
    44
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    David MERIDIAN, ID, United States 03-25-09
    David MERIDIAN, ID, United States 03-25-09 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    235
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    Miles GE 04-19-08
    Miles GE 04-19-08 Listener Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    37
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    Yvonne White Salmon, WA, United States 01-02-13
    Yvonne White Salmon, WA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Paul Prospect Park, PA, United States 03-05-12
    Paul Prospect Park, PA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Nathan E. McCormack 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Reed NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 01-13-15
    Reed NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 01-13-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    38
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jake Cutter Anniston, AL, United States 12-30-14
    Jake Cutter Anniston, AL, United States 12-30-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    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!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    73
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    124
    110
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    18
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 04-27-14
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    42
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    53
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  • Showing: 1-10 of 17 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.