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"[Simon Vance] delivers an entertaining performance of one of Fleming's best 007 novels. Using a rich palette of international voices and accents, [Vance] takes an engaging story and infuses it with the additional drama that only a fine actor can provide." (AudioFile)
"From Russia with Love is perhaps the most successful of the Bond series: Fleming has managed to blend excellent characterizations with a highly suspenseful and clever story. The detail is rich and colorful, and the novel contains purely romantic elements that are missing from most of the other books." (Raymond Benson, author of High Time to Kill)
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.
What happened to Felix Leiter was a real shocker. I would have never guessed Fleming would do that, especially in one of the first 007 books.
Already did. And I hate to say it, but I rather enjoy the movie versions of Bond's adventures better than the source material...so far. (Though Dr. No might be my favorite--next to the Daniel Craig 007s it's one of the most believable/faithful IMO.)
I've seen all the Bond flicks, and I guess I've come to expect the gadgets and outlandish action.I read Casino Royale years ago and enjoyed it. Recently I decided to start reading all the books, in the order they were written. They are SOOO different from the movies. Much more realistic, but not nearly as entertaining.
The "c" is for Chicken
This is a great second-novel after the terse and violent Casino Royale. It is the least politically-correct novel of the series. If you can't deal with the "understood" racism in the US and UK in the 1950s, then don't read this. It will only anger you. Fleming's view of African-Americans is not enlightened except to the extend that Bond is willing to deal to achieve his ends.
The story is about a gold smuggling operation which takes Bond to Jamaica, Florida, and Harlem. There are many violent passages in the novel, again in keeping with the tone begun in the last novel.
It is interesting how Fleming's knowledge of the Cold War comes to light through his use of the Soviets using the nascent Black Power movements to further its cause. (Especially since KGB papers later released revealed how there was Communist infiltration into union and civil rights organizations.)
This novel also begins the travelogue feel that Fleming gave to his novels from his experiences as a journalist and an intelligence officer. We get a look at Idlewild Airport in the 1950s, which is interesting. Fleming's penchant for scuba also comes through.
This is another taut thriller in the tradition of the 1950s potboilers. It moves fast and is unforgiving to its characters. It is a good listen and Vance does a marvelous job narrating. I keep saying it, but I love these novels more because of the way he reads them.
Yes, great book.
Yes, imaginitive and well read.
The final scene in which Bond has his revenge on Mr. Big.
James falls into all kinds of trouble and gets lucky. Not much real spy work by James, but a whole lot of action. Warning, it is dated and racist, but gives good insight into the thinking of the late 50s and the change to the 60s.
Tons of action
James in the warehouse using his detective skills
Sharks, Voodoo and a pretty girl....I can read your mind.
This is a vintage Ian Fleming James Bond novel with an interesting plot if unconvincingly set in New York CIty that never existed and the Caribbean. It moves fast and it has a fair share of significant violence. There is an unsettling issue that needs a fair notice.
A warning, this book is dated and not politically or racially correct.
Unfortunately it fully displays a wide range of stupid prejudice that I am not sure was fair even in the time of this novel (1950's). Leave it to a British author to wallow in slighting American and Caribbean Blacks. I read this book as a young teen when it was off the press and remember the discordant racism dripping in the pages. I do not remember the universal racial inability and attitudes that this author wants to overlay on black Americans with a broad brush. Thank God, we have progressed. Ian Fleming would have you think that Harlem was a deep South segregated city full of flunkies and felons. As you may suspect, the menial jobs go to a certain ethnicity throughout and wherever. They are servants always in this book. So this book is an ugly little period piece.The reason I spent a little too much time on this issue is that the author used racial stereotypes and prejudice to style his way along, thinking it was very cute. It wasn't then and it most assuredly is not now. Ian Fleming was an excellent story teller. He served in the British Secret Service, hence his books ring somewhat true as he served in several overseas stations and that enriches the stories. The James Bond of this novel is not the same James Bond of the movie (a very dated entry in the Bond series now). The story is more simple than the film but with plenty of hair-raising action. I must say the the premise is somewhat obscure even at the end of the novel.
I have purchased some additional James Bond novels and have enjoyed the stories from the past that stick to more European plots.
lThe narrator did an excellent job, good pace and storytelling skills abounded. Of course the UK accents were very important and done perfectly.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
James Bond in the book is much harder than Bond from the films, making him a much more interesting character. Moments of real excitement. I cannot believe that I liked this book so much.
I loved Live and Let Die. I really enjoy Simon Vance reading the stories to me and I will continue to listen to the Ian Fleming James Bond series.
I do not wish to give anything away but it is a great story. I would recommend this volume and all of the others by Ian Fleming read by Simon Vance.
I like to hear the James Bond stories from a smooth British voice because I feel that is how the book was intended to be read. It would be seem wrong for someone else to be the voice of Bond.
I listen to this Audio book over two days only because I did not have the back to back hours to sit down and listen to it straight through.
I've always heard that these books, considering the time they were written, are very racists and sexists. I had very little interest in Bond or his affairs and I could care less about what he goes through or even how he comes out of any given situation. The narration was stuffy at best and, I thought I'd never say it but, the movie is a whole lot better than the book. Guess the movie was done when audiences were a little more socially conscious.
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