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)
Moonraker took my
least favorite Bond movie and showed me what a mistake it was by the producers to not follow this amazing story. The book is a wonderfully refreshing change of pace for 007 fans! Your allowed to see the world of James Bonds business life from inside MI6 in a way that makes you realize that secret agents are not always going on exotic adventures, one right after the other! However I found the office part to be interesting and not boring at all. Don't expect a trip to outer space in this book!
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.
The inside look of the office life of MI6 and the relationship between M and Bond
Check out all of Flemings books again
Simon Vance is the best of the Bond books narrators
I thought the performance by Simon Vance matched the book perfectly (or at least my expectations of how the reading of a British spy novel should sound).
I throughly enjoyed listening and it made my 30 minute commute fly by.
U.S. citizen, British born and raised (in the England-Scotland border country), I live in Washington, DC with my wife, 3 cats, and 2 dogs
Yes. I have read the novel "Moonraker" many times over the last four decades, but Vance's performance really breathed life into the characters and situations, and, even though I knew what was coming I enjoyed revisiting the novel.
My favorite scene is the scene at Blades, in which Bond determines the manner in which Drax is cheating at cards. The novel has an illustration of the cards in each players hand to aid the reader in following along, and even though this obviously couldn't be in the audiobook I didn't miss it.
I've always been partial to the character of Gala Brand though I do wish female parts were narrated by a female voice when the character is speaking. Still, Vance did a commendable job.
In all, listening to this audio book with which I was already very familiar with, was like a visit from an old friend. I have to hesitation in recommending it.
This is not even close to the movie. A few of the character names were the same with a few similarities. This book was great especially when you consider the time period it was written in. I got a little lost in the card game but understood generally what was going on.
I'd highly recommend it!
If you've only seen Bond in his Hollywood roles, you should consider the novels that started it all. Of course the books are dated, but that in it's own way is part of the charm.
Rockets in the early 1950's were still mysterious and awe inspiring. Not so much today, so some of the technological descriptions have lost their original impact. The underlying concept of the story is still sound and Fleming certainly knew how to describe a scene.
It’s also fun to see how things were in the fifties. Cars that could go 100 hundred miles an hour were "fast", everyone smoked, and some of the misogyny shines through. What is interesting is that in this early novel we see a woman in a strong role. This was ground breaking back then.
Simon Vance once again shows why he is one of the best narrators in the business. If he’s narrating, the value of the book goes up, he’s that good.
So, give this book a try if you yet to experience the real Bond. It should entertain you.
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