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Moonraker | [Ian Fleming]

Moonraker

The Moonraker project has a millionaire backer, the war hero Sir Hugo Drax - a man who, it seems, cheats at cards. With a ballistic rocket at stake, Sir Hugo’s exposure could threaten Britain’s latest defence system, so James Bond is asked to investigate. Moving from London’s most exclusive gambling club to a missile silo on the Channel coast, 007 and his Special Branch assistant, Gala Brand, discover there’s more to Drax than meets the eye.
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Publisher's Summary

The Moonraker project has a millionaire backer, the war hero Sir Hugo Drax - a man who, it seems, cheats at cards. With a ballistic rocket at stake, Sir Hugo’s exposure could threaten Britain’s latest defence system, so James Bond is asked to investigate. Moving from London’s most exclusive gambling club to a missile silo on the Channel coast, 007 and his Special Branch assistant, Gala Brand, discover there’s more to Drax than meets the eye.

Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Bill Nighy.

Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952 at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.

Bill Nighy is a multi-award-winning actor who has appeared in many TV dramas, including State of Play, The Girl in the Café and Page Eight, for which he received a Golden Globe Best Actor nomination. He won Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for his role as Billy Mack in Love Actually, while his other films include Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and the smash hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

©1955 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd (P)2013 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. © AudioGO Ltd, 2012. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under licence by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"I couldn’t put the book down until it was finished." (Daily Telegraph
"Mercilessly readable." (The Listener)
"Moonraker establishes its author as Mr. Eric Ambler’s rival or successor." (Tablet)
"It’s all utterly disgraceful and highly enjoyable." (The Spectator)
"Astonish me!” the addict may challenge; Mr Fleming can knock him sideways." (The Scotsman)

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    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 03-16-13
    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 03-16-13 Member Since 2008

    Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.

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    "Wonderful Reading of a Classic Story"

    This is a superb presentation by Bill Nighy of this classic early James Bond tale. The story itself is rather comically dated in terms values and culture we are after all a long way from the early 1960's. However in terms of a ripping yarn superbly presented you really couldn't go much better than this. Bill Nighy covers all the characters superbly, giving each one life without ever entering into parody. I look forward to investigating others in this series, all read by experienced actors which make such works a pleasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 11-07-13
    Michael 11-07-13

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "I like it"

    Realistic boys own adventure where JB doesn't always gets who he wants but saves the day. A fun listen even though Bill Nighy is a little different to the other narrators. Come to think of it, should super spies play Bridge?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Kieran Horgan
    6/25/14
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    "Moonraker the book is so much better than the film"
    If you could sum up Moonraker (with Interview) in three words, what would they be?

    Best bond book. The moonraker book is more interesting than the film,with more intrigue and twist . When listening to Bill Nighy read this book, at first I thought his voice sounded a little too rural for bond but I got use to it .i enjoyed this book very much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character was Hugo Drax he seamed so ebullient ,an outrages and full of life.who turnout to be a nazi who hated the British and all they stand for


    What about Bill Nighy’s performance did you like?

    At first I thought his voice was to rural for Bond, but I soon got use to it and he read the book well


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sir Hugo Drax Britain saviour and protector , OR IS HE


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pollstar
    4/17/14
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    "Bill Nighy narrates Bond perfectly."
    Where does Moonraker (with Interview) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Perhaps my favourite, due to narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Best Audible Bond adaptation I have listened to. Gripping from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    SAFFRON WALDEN, United Kingdom
    3/6/14
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    "Classic Flemming by Classic Nighy"
    What did you like most about Moonraker (with Interview)?

    Bill Nighy is a wonderful narrator and his accent suits Flemming's words perfectly. As a classic Bond story from 1954 Nighy is excellent at keeping the listener engaged.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Kent UK
    7/23/13
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    "My favourite Bond book"
    If you could sum up Moonraker in three words, what would they be?

    What a superb audiobook. Brilliant story, great writing and a great narrator.


    What other book might you compare Moonraker to, and why?

    I have listened to all the James Bond books on audible and have reviewed each separately, but Moonraker is undoubtedly my favourite. The momentum is unstoppable, and the way the bridge game between Drax - the villain - and Bond is described and narrated is one of the most spell binding there is.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Nighy – was your favourite?

    I thought Bill Nighy's style might be too laid back for James Bond, but not so. He is faultless as is his judgement of pace and the way the tension is racked up. The book adapts so well to audio and with a a narrator like this, well it reminds me why I like listening to audiobooks so much.


    Any additional comments?

    Strongly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. J. Noble
    North East UK
    7/8/13
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    "What a turn up for the books!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moonraker to be better than the print version?

    This is a fantastic edition wonderfully read by Bill Nighy. His narrative really enhances the story.


    What other book might you compare Moonraker to, and why?

    Any of the other Bond novels.


    What about Bill Nighy’s performance did you like?

    His style of delivery and interpretation was superb. I was itching to listen to the next part.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Forget the movie, watch the real deal.


    Any additional comments?

    Forget the movie, this book is so much better and believable than the movie. The story is gripping and the novel James Bond is more realistic and you can see where Daniel Craig took his interpretation of his character from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    Rochdale, UK
    12/23/12
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    "Excellent book, exciting finale"

    This was the first James Bond book which I ever read and this was in the early sixties before he became a film star. The action is a little dated now and the winnings at the bridge table are by today's standards healthy but in the time the book was written it was an absolute fortune, about 10 year's salary. The book still makes good reading and allows for lots of nostalgia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marie-Clare
    Cheltenham, Glos, United Kingdom
    12/1/12
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    "Shaken and stirred!"

    I'm really enjoying this series of the original Bonds, I haven't experienced any of the audio issues mentioned in the other review and I think Bill Nighy does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
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    10/23/12
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    "Poor quality ."

    Very poor quality download, persistent echo, and slow speech. I'm trying the enhanced version now, but not usually a problem with the normal version.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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