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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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    justin 01-25-15
    justin 01-25-15
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    "Refreshingly different!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 02-11-13
    Robin 02-11-13
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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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    Virtual Pulp USA 09-13-12
    Virtual Pulp USA 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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    Brian Rexburg, ID, United States 05-19-15
    Brian Rexburg, ID, United States 05-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"

    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!

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 05-15-15
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 05-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Dated but still entertaining"

    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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    Tom B. 03-12-15
    Tom B. 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another outstanding Bond tale!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Well worth the credit!looking forward to tracking down the next in the series! Always interesting to see how the books differ from the movies you've grown up loving!

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    Luann LaValley 02-22-15
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    "Great story"

    Yes this book met my expectations for aBond book!
    I listened in the car and I really liked it.
    Thanks

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    David Arneson Minnesota 02-08-15
    David Arneson Minnesota 02-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I thought this was optional"

    Good book, much different than the movie. Someone should do a movie that's true to the book instead of the ridiculous, unwatchable, special effects extravaganzas Bond movies always end up being.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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