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You Only Live Twice | [Ian Fleming]

You Only Live Twice

James Bond seems unable to function after the death of his wife. Determined to restore 007 to the effective agent he used to be, M sends him on a mission to Japan, to the mysterious ‘Castle of Death’ and into the lair of an old and terrifying enemy. For Bond and Blofeld, this will be their final encounter. Only one of them can survive.
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Publisher's Summary

James Bond seems unable to function after the death of his wife. Determined to restore 007 to the effective agent he used to be, M sends him on a mission to Japan, to the mysterious ‘Castle of Death’ and into the lair of an old and terrifying enemy. For Bond and Blofeld, this will be their final encounter. Only one of them can survive.

Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Martin Jarvis.

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.

Martin Jarvis OBE has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Dr Who and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar®-winning Titanic.

©1964 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

"Must rank among the best of the Bond tales." (Bookman)
"As damnably readable as ever." (Daily Herald)
"Rich, wonderful stuff, Fleming at his flaming best." (New York Times)
"Fleming doesn’t waste a word… his sense of surprise is perfect" (BBC)
"Escapism in the grand manner." (Boston Globe)

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  • RJbarleycorn
    8/7/15
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    "Last book"

    This book was very well read by Martin, I felt it took a very long time ,up 12 chapters before the story really began follow just like the old James Bond books.

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  • MR
    Havant, United Kingdom
    12/7/14
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    "The last of the good Bond books"
    What did you like most about You Only Live Twice (with Interview)?

    The sympathy shown towards Bond by his superiors. The positive depiction of Japanese culture, especially in contrast with our own. The aftermath - especially the thing Bond doesn't know because Kissy doesn't tell him.


    What other book might you compare You Only Live Twice (with Interview) to, and why?

    Apart from the other Bond books, I can't think of any. At times it feels like a fantasy novel, and at other times like a Saturday morning serial from long before I was born.


    What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

    Nothing in particular. He did the job well, as always.


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

    No, I'm never going to do that with an unabridged novel.


    Any additional comments?

    It's very pleasing the way the closing volume of a trilogy leads straight into the next story. Shame The Man With The Golden Gun isn't very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Dublin, Ireland
    9/17/13
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    "From Japan, With Love"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of the later Fleming novels and finds Bond still reeling from the events of OHMSS and sent on one last mission by M to Japan in a bid to help 007 restore his spycraft. Having listened to most of the Bond audiobooks by this point, I would say this ranks among the best.


    What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

    From what I can gather, Martin Jarvis is something of audiobook royalty and his narration here is superb. The only minor quibble is his voicing of Tiger Tanaka is a bit too over-the-top as a Japanese accent but otherwise its a skilful narration that builds the tension in all the right places and keeps it moving in the few slow spots (a long and dry list of various poisons and their effects on the body comes to mind).


    Any additional comments?

    Had Ian Fleming not returned to 007 with 'The Man With The Golden Gun' this would have been the perfect finale to the adventures of James Bond.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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