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.
Simon Vance's performance of this book leaves nothing to be desired - each character sounds different and the story flows perfectly from him. The story itself is very well written - the post WWII England setting makes for a believable plot and the fact that Bond isn't a superhuman guy who always gets everything right on the first try makes him a believable character. Bond fans will love this one.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
I swear, Ian Fleming cannot write a bad book! This is not my favorite of the 007 novels but it is very good. I have never seen the movie Moonraker, but if it is half as good as the book, I will really love it. TOTALLY worth a listen!
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. Moonraker is a great story by Ian Fleming!
The subtle and poignant story telling of Ian Fleming comes alive in the book. Descriptive narrative is succinct, yet I can vividly imagine every scene.
Simon Vance is tremendous! His performance gets better with every Bond book!
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.
David B Fox
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.
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