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On Her Majesty's Secret Service | [Ian Fleming]

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

When James Bond rescues a beautiful, reckless girl from self-destruction, he finds himself with a lead on one of the most dangerous men in the world: Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE. Blofeld is conducting research that could threaten the safety of the world. To thwart this evil genius, Bond must infiltrate Blofeld's base of operations while avoiding the agents of SPECTRE.
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Publisher's Summary

When James Bond rescues a beautiful, reckless girl from self-destruction, he finds himself with a lead on one of the most dangerous men in the world: Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE. Blofeld is conducting research that could threaten the safety of the world. To thwart this evil genius, Bond must infiltrate Blofeld's base of operations while avoiding the agents of SPECTRE.

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©1963 Glidrose Productions, Ltd.; (P)2002 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A Bond bombshell." (Time)
"Ever suave, ever cool in the face of danger, Agent 007 ages well in this vintage 1964 spy-tale, delivered with sophistication by [Simon Vance]....This is evil with style....Bond is in his element all the way, as is [Vance]...a great read." (AudioFile)

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    Adam Shields Marietta, GA, USA 04-26-14
    Adam Shields Marietta, GA, USA 04-26-14 Member Since 2003

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    "Ernst Bloefeld (of SPECTRE) is back"

    When I was a kid I loved James Bond movies. And I still mostly like new James Bond movies. But as I re-watch old ones the cartoonish villains bug me. Lasers to shoot down rockets, stealing all the gold in Fort Knox, etc. are just a bit silly.

    I stumbled on the movie of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service sometime last year and made it through 20 or 30 minutes. The set up is a bit ridiculous. The bad guy has a lair in the Alps where beautiful girls go to get rid of their allergies. James Bond sneaks in find out what is going on.

    The movie was a bit silly, but the book was actually the best of the Bond books I have read. And from a story perspective, it seems to be one of the more realistic. It involves bioterrorism, but I won’t reveal the actual story.

    This is also the book that is famous for Bond getting married.

    As much as I enjoyed it, this is the last of the Bond books I have purchased and I think it is the last I will purchase.

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jon Meridian, ID, United States 03-04-13
    jon Meridian, ID, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "An entertaining blast from the past"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a good book for someone with my tastes. It takes you through Europe, gives you some excitement and intrigue, and most of all makes you realize that you should have been a secret agent;-)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I hated the bond in this film. It was nice to listen to the book and imagine Connery.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Whats not to like. He is on my top 5 list of narrators.


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pork C. Fish Syracuse, NY 09-22-12
    Pork C. Fish Syracuse, NY 09-22-12 Listener Since 2010

    Touching Lives One Martini at a Time

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    "The Last Good Bond Novel"

    This is the final novel Fleming wrote before his death in 1964. Fleming has stopped using the Russians as villains now and is sticking to SPECTRE.

    I'd argue that From Russia, with Love is Fleming's best novel; however, this is a close second. Again, it is a clever story with the villain, for once, really only wanting to be left alone. This plot lives in the real world, for once. It is not a fantastic, Grand Guignol tale that borders on science fiction. Blofeld decides that bioterrorism is the way to go this time. Bond is sent in to stop him.

    I don't want to say too much for fear of giving away the plot. People who haven't read the book or seen the movie by now are probably rare. But there is always hope. Good stories aren't ruined by spoilers. We all know Romeo & Juliet die, but we still enjoy the story.

    Fleming mixes all the elements well in this novel. A great plot, a great love story, and a great travelogue.

    Simon Vance, as usual, does a marvelous job of narrating the story. I have become a real fan of his as I have listened to all the Bond novels now. He nails accents. He knows how to hit the beats of a sentence. And, he understands how to communicate the dry tone of Fleming's humor.

    If you are going to listen to all of them, that is one thing. If you want to pick out one or two, do this book and From Russia, with Love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shaunt BURBANK, CA, United States 08-28-12
    Shaunt BURBANK, CA, United States 08-28-12
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    "Fun book!"

    The first time Bond is in a snowy surrounding, still hunting Dr. Blofelt. I love and would recommend all of the Bond novels....but I'd say this is one of the better ones. In a small way, this book ties into Octopussy as well.

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    David Rocky Point, NY, United States 08-01-12
    David Rocky Point, NY, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant!"

    The performance was excellent and the story was even better than I expected, having only seen the movie.

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    Jim MOUNT DORA, FL, United States 03-14-12
    Jim MOUNT DORA, FL, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Uncommonly Sluggish"

    Simon Vance, as always, gives a superb reading but has to wrestle with a plot that sometimes doesn't move for an hour. I listen as I walk and that's how I know. I love and admire Fleming and the Bond character, but this one moves slower than the last day of school. Despite my being a fan, I couldn't get through it.

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