James Bond (original)
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  • 1

    Casino Royale

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    (777)
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    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.

    Pork C. Fish says: "Ouch!"
    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)
  • 2

    Live and Let Die

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (277)

    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.

    Pork C. Fish says: "A Product of Its Time"
    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)
  • 3

    Moonraker

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (231)

    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.

    Robin says: "So much better than the MOVIE"
    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)
  • 4

    Diamonds Are Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    (182)
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    (188)

    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.

    Miles GE says: "Impeccable"
    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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
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    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.

    Pork C. Fish says: "The Best of Them All"
    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)
  • 6

    Dr. No

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (650)

    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.

    Doug says: "A classic James Bond thriller"
    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)
  • 7

    Goldfinger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (210)

    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.

    DARBY KERN says: "One of Fleming's better books"
    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)
  • 8

    For Your Eyes Only

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (89)

    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.

    Rosemary says: "Deceived"
    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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    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.

    Gregory says: "Top Notch"
    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)
  • 9

    Thunderball

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    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.

    Miles GE says: "Impeccable"
    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 ()
  • 10

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    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!

    She says: "Not the best in series"
    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)
  • 11

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (157)

    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.

    Adam Shields says: "Ernst Bloefeld (of SPECTRE) is back"
    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)
  • 12

    You Only Live Twice

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    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".

    W says: "Vance excels as Bond and Tanaka"
    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)
  • 13

    The Man with the Golden Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Overall
    (197)
    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.

    Miles GE says: "Impeccable"
    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 ()
  • 14

    Octopussy and The Living Daylights

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    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.

    Miles GE says: "Impeccable"
    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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    Octopussy and the Living Daylights and Other Stories

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

    Four stories that showcase Bond at his very best. 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, and 007 in New York (read by Lucy Fleming) sees him sent to America to warn an ex-MI6 operative about a dangerous liaison. Contains an exclusive bonus interview with Tom Hiddleston.

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