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  • 1
    Casino Royale | Ian Fleming

    Casino Royale

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1341)
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    (796)
    Story
    (803)

    Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome, chillingly ruthless, and licensed to kill. This, the first of Ian Fleming's tales of secret agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called "Le Chiffre" by ruining him at the Baccarat table, forcing his Soviet spymasters to "retire" him. It seems that lady luck has sided with 007 when Le Chiffre hits a losing streak. But some people just refuse to play by the rules.

    Ouch!

    I keep saying this, but Simon Vance nails the tone of the novels. He has a great facility for voices and accents. He also handles foreign words and ph..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 22 2012 by Pork C. Fish (Syracuse, NY)
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    Casino Royale (with Interview) | Ian Fleming

    Casino Royale (with Interview)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn’t be higher. 007’s mission is to neutralise the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to ‘retire’ him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in – that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall.

    Nice Spy Drama

    Dan Stevens is excellent. Didn't see much of him on Downton Abby but now I have a new respect for him. Damn good he is. Ian Fleming's writing is worth..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 05 2013 by Michael (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2
    Live and Let Die | Ian Fleming

    Live and Let Die

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (284)

    Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes; those who cross him will meet painful ends -- like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her lover, James Bond. Both are marked as victims in a trail of treachery that leads from New York's black underworld to the dark secrets of the island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own. Voodoo, sharks, barracuda, time bombs, harpoon guns, torture, and terror are the ingredients for a scalding brew that reaches the boiling point in an eruption of violence.

    A Product of Its Time

    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 wit..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 22 2012 by Pork C. Fish (Syracuse, NY)
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    Live and Let Die (with Interview) | Ian Fleming

    Live and Let Die (with Interview)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Rory Kinnear
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When 007 goes to Harlem it’s not just for the jazz. This is the kingdom of Mr Big, master of crime, voodoo baron and partner in SMERSH’s grim company of death. Those who Mr Big cannot possess, he crushes – like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her would-be saviours James Bond and Agency man, Felix Leiter. All three are marked out as victims in a trail of terror, treachery and torture that leads from New York’s underworld to the shark-infested island in the sun that Mr Big calls his own.

    A product of its time

    Nicely performed and written. Rory Kinnear sounds a little condescending but JB is not a boy scout. He is a cold blooded killer who is very profession..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 23 2013 by Michael (Sydney, Australia)
  • 3
    Moonraker | Ian Fleming

    Moonraker

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (238)

    When James Bond is asked to settle a dispute over "ungentlemanly behavior" at an exclusive gambling club, the affair is embarrassing in the extreme, for the accused is the unimpeachable Sir Hugo Drax: business tycoon, popular hero, patriot extraordinaire, and head of the multimillion-dollar Moonraker missile program on which Britain's future defense depends.

    So much better than the MOVIE

    Near the top, given the great story telling of Ian Fleming

    Reviewed on February 11 2013 by Robin (SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States)
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    Moonraker | Ian Fleming

    Moonraker

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The Moonraker project has a millionaire backer, the war hero Sir Hugo Drax - a man who, it seems, cheats at cards. With a ballistic rocket at stake, Sir Hugo’s exposure could threaten Britain’s latest defence system, so James Bond is asked to investigate. Moving from London’s most exclusive gambling club to a missile silo on the Channel coast, 007 and his Special Branch assistant, Gala Brand, discover there’s more to Drax than meets the eye.

    Wonderful Reading of a Classic Story

    This is a superb presentation by Bill Nighy of this classic early James Bond tale. The story itself is rather comically dated in terms values and cult..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 16 2013 by lynn (ADELAIDE, Australia)
  • 4
    Diamonds Are Forever | Ian Fleming

    Diamonds Are Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (193)

    African diamonds are being smuggled into the United States, and it's up to the British Secret Service to infiltrate the organized crime families in America and destroy the smugglers. James Bond is not afraid of gangsters, but then he hasn't really met any until now. With advice from his American friend, Felix Leiter, Bond tracks a diamond smuggling ring from Africa through London to the United States.

    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 v..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 19 2008 by Miles GE ()
  • 5
    From Russia with Love | Ian Fleming

    From Russia with Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (252)

    Every major foreign government organization has a file on British secret agent James Bond. Now, Russia's lethal SMERSH organization has targeted him for elimination. SMERSH is the Soviet organ of vengeance, interrogation, torture, and death. James Bond is dedicated to the destruction of its agents wherever he finds them.

    The Best of Them All

    This thriller is great fun because it has a great Cold War plot, a believable romance, danger, and friendship, all along the backdrop of a city which ..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 21 2011 by Pork C. Fish (Syracuse, NY)
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    From Russia with Love | Ian Fleming

    From Russia with Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    James Bond is targeted for elimination by SMERSH, and the malevolent Colonel Rosa Klebb has set a trap in Istanbul. The bait is the Spektor decoding machine, which is to be delivered by the irresistible Tatiana Romanova. The assassin is Red Grant, a psychopath who has defected from the West. Bond and Tatiana become pawns in a game of cross and double-cross that reaches its deadly finale on the Orient Express.

    A classical Bond in an elegant style

    I will return with pleasure to this audio, for the perfume of that times so well described in the book and most of all, for the incredible voice of To..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 05 2012 by Madalina (CHITILA, Romania)
  • 6
    Dr. No | Ian Fleming

    Dr. No

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (659)

    M calls this case a "soft option". He sends Bond to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of the head of the Kingston station. Jamaica is luxurious, and the seductive Honey Rider is beautiful and willing, but they are both part of the empire of Dr. No.

    A classic James Bond thriller

    Ian Fleming wrote some fabulous thrillers with James Bond at the center. Doctor No is one of the better stories. The plot is at least feasible, alth..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 28 2011 by Doug (Columbus, NC, United States)
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    Dr. No (with Interview) | Ian Fleming

    Dr. No (with Interview)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Hugh Quarshie
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    M thinks he has an easy case for 007. Exactly what’s needed after his latest near-fatal encounter with SMERSH. However, arriving in Jamaica to look for a missing agent and his secretary, Bond learns that the reclusive Dr Julius No could be connected with their disappearance. When Bond and the exotic Honeychile Rider are imprisoned on Dr No’s private island, they realise that his plans could threaten international security.

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  • 7
    Goldfinger | Ian Fleming

    Goldfinger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (217)

    James Bond is challenged by a maniacal superfiend: the world's cleverest, cruelest criminal. Complications abound. A beautiful golden girl turns up dead, and a friendly game of two-handed canasta turns into a deadly game of survival with ever-rising stakes: 15 billion dollars worth of U.S. government bullion. But 007 knows that Auric Goldfinger's rules remain brutally simple: heads I win, tails you die.

    One of Fleming's better books

    "Goldfinger" is, in my opinion, one of Fleming's better James Bond books. The story is pure hokum, but it's told at such a fast pace that you don't ne..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 22 2012 by DARBY KERN (Green Bay, WI United States)
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    Goldfinger | Ian Fleming

    Goldfinger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Hugh Bonneville
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A game of canasta turns out crooked and a golden girl ends up dead. It seems that Auric Goldfinger is a bad loser when it comes to cards. He’s also the world’s most ruthless and successful gold smuggler. As James Bond follows his trail, he discovers that Goldfinger’s real game is the heist of fifteen billion dollars of US government bullion. The final hand is played at Fort Knox, in a spectacular display of deception and intrigue.

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  • 8
    For Your Eyes Only | Ian Fleming

    For Your Eyes Only

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (90)

    Five short stories find James Bond facing danger from a variety of sources, all of which he escapes through fast thinking and even faster action.

    Deceived

    These stories were included in Quantum Solace which I already had downloaded. These are great of course, but one should be told that they are included..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 20 2010 by Rosemary (Montgomery, AL, United States)
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    Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories | Ian Fleming

    Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (204)

    Bringing together all of the James Bond short stories in one volume for the first time, this is the ultimate celebration of suave and deadly secret agent 007. Whether he's making an unexpected discovery in the Bahamas, hunting down a Cuban hit man in wild country, smashing an international drug ring in Rome, or on the trail of a murderous assassin in Berlin's sniper alley, dangerous missions and beautiful women come with the job for James Bond. And this agent is always a consummate professional.

    Top Notch

    Great stories with a great narrator. Simon Vance is one of the best narrators around. Someone with a lesser degree of talent could have botched the ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 06 2010 by Gregory (Anoka, MN, USA)
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    For Your Eyes Only and Other Stories | Ian Fleming

    For Your Eyes Only and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When sudden emergencies arise, James Bond is there to meet them. Whether dealing with the assassination of a Cuban thug in America, the destruction of an international heroin ring or a mysterious death in the Seychelles, 007 gets the job done in his own unmistakable style. Contains the short stories: From a View to a Kill; For Your Eyes Only; Quantum of Solace; Risico and The Hildebrand Rarity.

    Surprising nice neat stories

    For film buffs, the only similarities are the titles. These stories, usually an hour long are nice short reads. As you already know Bond and the suppo..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 07 2014 by Michael (Sydney, Australia)
  • 9
    Thunderball | Ian Fleming

    Thunderball

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    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.

    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 v..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 19 2008 by Miles GE ()
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    Thunderball (with Interview) | Ian Fleming

    Thunderball (with Interview)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Jason Isaacs
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Ernst Stavro Blofeld, leader of the terrorist organisation SPECTRE, has hijacked an American plane loaded with atomic weapons. Unless his demands are met he will destroy one of the world’s major cities. With only one week to locate the missing bombs, Bond goes to the Bahamas where he encounters Blofeld’s right-hand man, Emilio Largo and his mistress Domino. With time running out, Bond learns that sharks are not the only killers in the Caribbean Sea.

    Terrific!

    Yes

    Reviewed on January 29 2013 by Quentin (Greenslopes, Australia)
  • 10
    The Spy Who Loved Me | Ian Fleming

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    For the first time, listeners to James Bond's adventures will see Agent 007 as he appears through the eyes of a beautiful woman...a woman who, in the midst of brutality and terror, recognizes Bond for what he is: a handsome and appealing killer. But only a killer can help her now!

    Not the best in series

    Not the best one in the Bond series, but if you want to listen to the entire series you may as well include this one too. Story is from point of view..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 26 2011 by She (Piney Point, MD, United States)
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    The Spy Who Loved Me | Ian Fleming

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When 007 turns up at a sleepy American backwoods motel, it doesn’t take him long to realise 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.

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  • 11
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service | Ian Fleming

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (163)

    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.

    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..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 26 2014 by Adam Shields (Marietta, GA, USA)
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    On Her Majesty's Secret Service | Ian Fleming

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    In his Alpine base, Blofeld is developing biological weapons that will devastate Britain. Unaware of the danger, James Bond is about to marryTeresa di Vicenzo, the daughter of a Corsican Mafioso. But then he is sent to Switzerland. Bond’s marriage and Blofeld’s schemes disintegrate in a blizzard of gunfire and high-explosives from which neither man emerges the victor.

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  • 12
    You Only Live Twice | Ian Fleming

    You Only Live Twice

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    When Ernst Stavro Blofeld blasts into eternity the girl James Bond has married only hours before, the heart and zest for life goes out of Bond. M, unwilling to lose his best man, is persuaded to give him one last chance: an impossible mission far removed from his usual duties. Bond heads to Japan and a mysterious residence known as the "Castle of Death".

    Vance excels as Bond and Tanaka

    Simon Vance is a master with his voices. He gives each character their own unique personality through his intonations. Fleming's character come to l..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 21 2012 by W (Cameron, WI, United States)
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    You Only Live Twice | Ian Fleming

    You Only Live Twice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    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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  • 13
    The Man with the Golden Gun | Ian Fleming

    The Man with the Golden Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    Bond, believed dead for a year following the events of You Only Live Twice, returns to England. Brainwashed by the KGB, he believes his mission is to assassinate M. After his mind is "scrubbed", he is given a chance to redeem himself. The mission: to go to the Caribbean and track down Francisco Scaramanga, the one they call the Man with the Golden Gun. He has built a deadly laser for the express purpose of killing.

    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 v..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 19 2008 by Miles GE ()
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    The Man with the Golden Gun (with Interview) | Ian Fleming

    The Man with the Golden Gun (with Interview)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    If you try to assassinate your boss – even though brainwashed at the time – you must pay the price. To redeem himself James Bond is sent to kill one of the most lethal hitmen in the world… Paco ‘Pistols’ Scaramanga. In the sultry heat of Jamaica, 007 infiltrates his target’s criminal cooperative – only to find that Scaramanga’s bullets are laced with snake venom. When the end comes, every shot will count.

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  • 14
    Octopussy and The Living Daylights | Ian Fleming

    Octopussy and The Living Daylights

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Octopussy is an anthology of three novellas. In the title story, 007 is sent to Jamaica to deal with a rich, deranged major with a fondness for eight-legged creatures. In "The Living Daylights", Bond's mission is to kill the KGB sniper, code named Trigger, who will try to prevent an important Russian official from defecting. "The Property of a Lady" finds Bond at an auction, tracking down an exotic object d'art and a deceptive woman.

    fewer stories

    The book contains some of the same but fewer stories as Quantum of Solace (Unabridged)

    Reviewed on July 28 2009 by David (Newport News, VA, USA)
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    Octopussy and the Living Daylights and Other Stories (with Interview) | Ian Fleming

    Octopussy and the Living Daylights and Other Stories (with Interview)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Tom Hiddleston, Lucy Fleming
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (10)

    The last book written by Ian Fleming, but by no means the least. In Octopussy, a talented but wayward British major pays a high price when his wartime past catches up with him, while in The Property of a Lady, a Fabergé egg leads Bond to a KGB spy. In The Living Daylights, Bond has a perilous rendezvous in sniper’s alley between East and West Berlin, and 007 in New York (read by Lucy Fleming) see him sent to America to warn an ex-MI6 operative about a dangerous liaison. All part of the job for 007…

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