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Moonraker | [Ian Fleming]

Moonraker

When James Bond is asked to settle a dispute over "ungentlemanly behavior" at an exclusive gambling club, the affair is embarrassing in the extreme, for the accused is the unimpeachable Sir Hugo Drax: business tycoon, popular hero, patriot extraordinaire, and head of the multimillion-dollar Moonraker missile program on which Britain's future defense depends.
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Publisher's Summary

When James Bond is asked to settle a dispute over "ungentlemanly behavior" at an exclusive gambling club, the affair is embarrassing in the extreme, for the accused is the unimpeachable Sir Hugo Drax: business tycoon, popular hero, patriot extraordinaire, and head of the multimillion-dollar Moonraker missile program on which Britain's future defense depends.

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.

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

©1955 Glidrose Productions, Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Robin SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 02-11-13
    Robin SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So much better than the MOVIE"
    Where does Moonraker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top, given the great story telling of Ian Fleming


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great character development


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He sounds like James himself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It has been a movie, read the book for more grit and less camp.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jim Janesville, WI, United States 09-27-12
    jim Janesville, WI, United States 09-27-12

    I live and work in Milwaukee Wisconsin and work as an Account Executive for Aramark Uniform Services.

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    "Forget reading self help books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Every person should listen to all of the James Bond books in consecutive order.


    What did you like best about this story?

    James Bond is cool. Doctor Who cool.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A British accent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Brown WESLEY CHAPEL, FL, US 09-13-12
    Henry Brown WESLEY CHAPEL, FL, US 09-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Hank

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    "Pre-Sputnik Balistic Missile"
    Would you listen to Moonraker again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bond is obviously my favorite character. He's not the super-spy of the movies, but still an admirable protagonist.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Vance is a good reader. His performance of Hugo Drax was probably my favorite one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Miles GE 04-19-08
    Miles GE 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 06-20-14
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Rocketing up the list of good Bond stories"

    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.

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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 06-02-14
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 06-02-14 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "Another Great Bond Novel!"

    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!

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    Amazon Customer Colorado Springs, CO United States 02-26-14
    Amazon Customer Colorado Springs, CO United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Really impressed!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. Moonraker is a great story by Ian Fleming!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Vance is tremendous! His performance gets better with every Bond book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-11-13
    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Moonraker the most enjoyable?

    Getting into the character development.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The end.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    James Bond of course.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no I did not.


    Any additional comments?

    None at this time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Jaynes Portland, OR 10-28-13
    Steven Jaynes Portland, OR 10-28-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A BETTER story than the movie plot! A good read."
    What did you love best about Moonraker?

    I can picture exactly what Flemming was trying to convey. Makes me wonder why radio drama died???


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    His voice characterization really hep to define the Characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David B. Fox Los Angeles, USA 10-22-13
    David B. Fox Los Angeles, USA 10-22-13

    David B Fox

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    "Nobody Writes It Better"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moonraker?

    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.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    It's so very easy to kick back and enjoy Moonraker being read to me by an extremely good narrator, Simon Vance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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