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Thunderball | [Ian Fleming]

Thunderball

James Bond is in disgrace. His medical report is critical of the high living that is ruining his health, and M packs him off for a fortnight to a health farm to be tuned up to his former pitch of exceptional fitness. Bond expects a trying two weeks. The last thing he expects is an adversary more deadly, more ruthless even than SMERSH.
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Publisher's Summary

James Bond is in disgrace. His medical report is critical of the high living that is ruining his health, and M packs him off for a fortnight to a health farm to be tuned up to his former pitch of exceptional fitness. Bond expects a trying two weeks. The last thing he expects is an adversary more deadly, more ruthless even, than SMERSH.

Thunderball is an incredible adventure, one which finds James Bond tackling SPECTRE. Operating in the Gulf Stream, this daring crime ring has perpetrated the most arrogant blackmail demand ever attempted.

Shaken? Stirred? Check out 007's other assignments.

©1961 Glidrose Productions, Ltd.; (P)2001 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"If you wish to steal atom bombs, this is how you must do it! Fleming's mastery of detail enables the reader to suspend disbelief." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Thunderball is a terrific book....excellent characterizations, is extremely moody and dark in tone, and full of dynamic action." (Raymond Benson, author of High Time to Kill)

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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    M. A. Moody Raleigh, NC USA 05-27-12
    M. A. Moody Raleigh, NC USA 05-27-12 Member Since 2001
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    "A classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Thunderball the most enjoyable?

    Simon Vance's performance is excellent, and the story has all the classic Bond elements of fast paced action and interesting characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It's a good story, one of the best of the Bonds.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The underwater fight scene is a classic.


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

    It was my second listen, so no visceral reaction this time. It was, however, quite a fun listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 07-27-14
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 07-27-14 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "Great book. Top notch narrator."

    Another great 007 story from Ian Fleming. I really enjoyed the differences in the novel versus the book. Simon Vance gives another GREAT performance as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 01-05-13
    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Solid Bond Entry"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thunderball to be better than the print version?

    Yes, this story is a little/lot dated and the performance seems to make it more real, kind of like a retrospective spy novel, set in the late 1950's.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes and no. I read this book nearly 40 years ago, and most of us have seen the movie, which somewhat follows the book and in many ways does not. So there was a missing element of suspense for me personally. I really loved reading these James Bond novels in my junior high school and high school years. It was good to relive this work as an older adult and find the book still interesting and the characters, locales and action compelling. This is one of the better James Bond entries and set the stage for many fun movies and future novels bases on the premise of the Spector criminal organization. Fleming seems to delight in putting you into beautiful locales with lavish yachts, casinos and mansions. It's all good fun and entertaining.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Simon Vance did an excellent job narrating this spy novel.


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

    Yes, it is realively short in length so it is possible. The book has a certain flow that you will enjoy letting the story unfold. Ian Fleming was an excellent storyteller, so you are never stuck with a dull chapter. Fleming wrote in a sparse number of pages with a large numbers of chapters so each becomes it own little cliffhanger. You are teased into needing to listen to the next chapter and the next and so on.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent entry in the Bond series and well worth the time and expense to enjoy. All that said, it is a product of the 1950's so much of it may ring quaint or even a little campy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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