When 007 turns up at a sleepy American backwoods motel, it doesn't take him long to realize that Vivienne Michel is in a tight spot, and that Sol Horror and Sluggsy Morant are hardened killers bent on destruction. Escaping from a past she doesn't want to relive, Viv turns to James Bond to save her.
This audiobook includes a bonus interview with Rosamund Pike.
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This is a very different James Bond story. The novel has more depth and empathy for this three dimensional character. She appears to have a life before and after "Bonding" that give the reader a unique character arc to savor. For a 1962 story, this was WAY ahead of its time. Bravo for Vivian!
I had originally selected 3 stars for performance but upon further review decided four was sufficient. I didn't like Pike's Bond voice but if you think about a woman telling this story from her point of view rather than Bond's I think it might help. The plot is terrible though. Oddly, I think it is the most sensual Bond book too.
Doctor Who, James Bond, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Gaskell, but mostly just Doctor Who.
I've listened to a few James Bond now and this one was not a favorite. It took me a while to figure out what was going on, and probably sixty percent of the story was just the girl's history and James Bond wasn't even in it. I actually fell asleep at the end and don't even know how it finished. It didn't connect real well with the other ones I'd read and just felt like a one-off.
Rosamund Pike wasn't difficult to listen to, though. She was probably the one redeeming quality of this book.
something different in a Bond story and Rosamund Pike has a wonderful voice to listen to the story in.
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