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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 Member Since 2010

    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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    Josh Everett 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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    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!


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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


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    David B. Fox Los Angeles, USA 10-22-13
    David B. Fox Los Angeles, USA 10-22-13

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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.

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    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 04-26-13
    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Bond book"

    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.

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    Jonathan Hay California, USA 03-08-13
    Jonathan Hay California, USA 03-08-13 Member Since 2010

    Film and Television Producer.

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    "Espionage at home"
    What made the experience of listening to Moonraker the most enjoyable?

    The detail to which Fleming creates a world and the creative twists always make for an enjoyable read.


    Would you recommend Moonraker to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Moonraker gives you a look at James Bond in England. A place MI6 does not operate.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a great chapter where 007 is on the beach and the cliff collapses...don't want to say more.


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

    No, I kinda like to spread out the Bond books for a slow burn.


    Any additional comments?

    Simon Vance does a fantastic job bringing life to all the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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