Soon, however, the "affair of honor" takes on a somewhat more serious tone as Bond finds out the bizarre and terrifying truth about Drax and Moonraker, a truth that could not only prove fatal for Agent 007 and his beautiful companion, but could mean the deaths of millions.
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"Fleming is splendid; he stops at nothing." (New Statesman)
"At the first words of this production, listeners can immediately imagine every James Bond movie they ever saw. [Simon Vance] sounds like all the characters rolled into one." (AudioFile)
Near the top, given the great story telling of Ian Fleming
Great character development
He sounds like James himself.
It has been a movie, read the book for more grit and less camp.
I live and work in Milwaukee Wisconsin and work as an Account Executive for Aramark Uniform Services.
Yes. Every person should listen to all of the James Bond books in consecutive order.
James Bond is cool. Doctor Who cool.
A British accent.
I would listen to it again, but I doubt I'll ever find the time. I think I'll remember it for a long time, though.
Bond is obviously my favorite character. He's not the super-spy of the movies, but still an admirable protagonist.
Vance is a good reader. His performance of Hugo Drax was probably my favorite one.
I would have preferred to listen to it in one sitting, but that's just not how my life works. It did keep me company on some in-state road trips, though.
I have absolutely no interest in card games of any kind, and I don't know how to play poker, bridge or any of that. So Moonraker, like Casino Royale, really shows Fleming's mastery of tension and conflict because, during the card playing scene I was riveted.
I remember enjoying the movie, but from what I remember of it there is little resemblance to this book. This is about a pre-Sputnik nuclear missile for Britain's defense. The movie was about a space shuttle (?) with a crazy space combat scene (loved it!). Besides that and the names of the principle characters, I don't think there are any similarities.
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.
Getting into the character development.
James Bond of course.
no I did not.
None at this time.
I can picture exactly what Flemming was trying to convey. Makes me wonder why radio drama died???
The plot of the story was very plausible given the Cold War and the tension between world powers of that era. It is refreshing that the book's version of Bond isn't superhuman, just a VERY good agent. Minimal gadgets. Intelligent.
His voice characterization really hep to define the Characters.
I am a huge fan of Fleming and the Bond books. Listening to Vance tell them, seem to make them new again. I will buy the entire catalog.
I have been reading Ian Fleming's James Bond adventures since I was ten years old. I am now just short of sixty. Needless to say, I have read each and every of Bond's escapades, and I love them all. This audiobook brings a whole new style and life to the adventures. I already have recommended this audiobook to all of my friends who like to read, but most importantly, I referred the whole "Audible Manager" program to my friends who DON'T like to read.
To me, the most memorable part of Moonraker, takes place in the pub, when a Nazi screams "Heil Hitler!" before he shoots a patron, and then takes his own life with his Luger.
Bond is always a good read, but it's an entirely different experience when you are listening to Simon Vance. Within minutes, you are in the story, and the narrator becomes part of the room with you but not a distraction. Simon Vance IS Ian Fleming, and I can't imagine listening to Bond without him.
When a large part of the cliffs began to break off, Bond stretched his body over the girl, to protect her from the falling boulders that one of Sir Hugo Drax's men hoped would crush Bond and the girl.
It's so very easy to kick back and enjoy Moonraker being read to me by an extremely good narrator, Simon Vance.
M is worried. He believes that multi-millionaire Hugo Drax, a member of his club, may be cheating at cards. This could cause all sorts of trouble. It would embarrass Sir Hugo and the country needs him. His new missile guidance system is what the country needs to keep ahead of the Soviet menace. M asks Bond along to the club to see if his fears are valid. Bond soon realizes that Sir Hugo is cheating and is able to beat him at his own game. All parties involved think that the issue is over. Sir Hugo has been warned subtly to stop his cheating. Then Bond is called on to go undercover at Sir Hugo's facility to find out if there is a security risk.
He teams up with Gala Brand, another undercover agent posing as Drax's secretary, and seeks to find out what is going on. Before it is all over Bond and Gala will face several life threatening situations and will have to use every bit of their cunning and skill to discover the true identity of Hugo Drax and prevent a disaster of astonishing proportions.
This is a great Bond novel and a classic spy novel from the Cold War. Other than using the name of Hugo Drax and James Bond this novel is nothing like the film.
Film and Television Producer.
The detail to which Fleming creates a world and the creative twists always make for an enjoyable read.
Yes. Moonraker gives you a look at James Bond in England. A place MI6 does not operate.
There is a great chapter where 007 is on the beach and the cliff collapses...don't want to say more.
No, I kinda like to spread out the Bond books for a slow burn.
Simon Vance does a fantastic job bringing life to all the characters.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I found myself agreeing with other reviewers regarding the slow pace of this book in comparison with other James Bond stories. However, I did enjoy it and liked the female character as well as following the culinary habits of Bond - he always eats the best food!
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