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Publisher's Summary

The life of secret agent James Bond has begun to fall into a pattern that threatens complacency…until the sunny afternoon when M is kidnapped. The action ricochets across the globe to a volcanic Greek island, where Colonel Sun Liang-tan of the People's Liberation Army of China collaborates with an ex-Nazi atrocity expert in a world-menacing conspiracy.

Stripped of all professional aids, Bond faces, unarmed, the monstrous devices of Colonel Sun in a test that brings him to the verge of his physical endurance.

©1968 Ian Flemming Publications (P)2000 Blackstone Audioooks Ltd

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Poor Production

Multiple times there are mistakes where a section is repeated. Apparently no one quality checked the final product.

The story and performance itself is fine.

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Production problems

What did you love best about Colonel Sun?
You can't go wrong with Kingsley Amis and Simon Vance's reading was flawless. However, entire passages were repeated as if (mind you I say "as if") it were a record skipping a groove. Jarring. At least four instances that I noticed. Otherwise an excellent story. I know that I will listen to this again.

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An excellent James Bond continuation novel

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who's already read all the Ian Fleming James Bond novels and is looking for more. Amis really manages to capture Fleming's style and pace and attention to detail without copying him, and the result is one of the best post-Fleming continuation novels about the character. He clearly loves Fleming and Bond (one need only read his James Bond Dossier or The Book of Bond to realize that), but also can't quite help indulging in just a bit of parody. But the parody is very subtle (so subtle that in sending up Fleming's xenophobia, Amis actually comes off as even more xenophobic), and in keeping with the sense of humor Fleming had about his own material anyway.

Basically, there is Fleming, and then there are the continuations. None of the continuations are as good as the real thing, but for what they are, there are some excellent ones to be found. Colonel Sun has always been one of my favorites, and revisiting it after many years as an audiobook I find it still holds up as such.

What did you like best about this story?

The pace is great. Amis's Bond story moves very quickly. Bond feels like the same character Fleming wrote about, and the Bond Girl, Villain, and Ally are all great characters true to some of Fleming's best as well.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Vance is a totally competent narrator, and I like the sense of continuity of having the same person who reads the Fleming novels take on the continuation novels.

Any additional comments?

The audiobook is unfortunately a bit poorly edited. On several occasions the same exact passage is repeated twice. It's annoying, but definitely not detrimental to the listening experience.

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Same...

As mentioned by most of the other reviews, there are several sections that repeat. It's annoying but not unbearable. Otherwise, ★★★★★

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more amis read by vance plz.

Dear Audible we desperately need more kingsley amis read by simon vance plz and thank you.

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Intricately exciting and well dramatized

Simon Vance dramatizes Colonel Sun in good fashion. It is only the character Ariedne that his performance is noticeably weak. Additionally, the recording has a few snafus where I counted three passages were repeated. As I read the book simultaneously with the Audible recording, it did not interrupt my reading. But this is an intricately exciting story with some entertaining characters accompanying and opposing Bond. The novel started fast and the pace never let up. It is a worthy volume to the Bond thriller series.

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Love bond

Not as good as Ian Fleming but still great story line and in true fashion to bond

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Junk Title

Anyone who gives this title more than 3 stars didn't listen to it. There are several points where sentences repeat, BUT CHAPTERS 15 THROUGH 20 ARE EXACTLY THE SAME AS 5 THROUGH 10. Then at 21 the story takes up again. Would have annoyed it if so much wasn't missing. Will be requesting a refund.

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Both story and narration were great

Of all of the reviews of all the non-Ian Flemming books, this one was rated the highest.

I concur.

This one closely resembled James bonds creators vision.

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Very good but not Ian Fleming good.

Simon Vance rocks. I won't listen to an audio book by anyone else. The story was not as compelling as other James Bond books. I had problems following the plot at times. But I enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone has had listened to all of the others.

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  • Ross
  • 04-19-16

Good Story Appalling editing

What would have made Colonel Sun better?

Throughout the reading there are areas of repeated lines where they have done different takes. It really jars and disrupts the flow of the story.

What did you like best about this story?

Interesting and unique storyline

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Vance?

Im not a fan of Simon Vance, his accents are questionable at best - for example one of the characters seems to fluctuate between Russian, Greek and American!? Martin Jarvis is the best Bond Narrator in my opinion.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Colonel Sun?

All the repeated sections!

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  • Cathy H.
  • 06-15-16

Not Bond standard!

Having read the outstanding Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz, Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver and Solo by William Boyd - all superb Bonds, this was a poor relation in terms of plot, Bond "slickness" and narration. The narrator seemed to struggle with the range of accents as well as the female characters and made Bond sound akin to a Leslie Phillips type character. As they used to say on Mastermind, I started it so had to finish it.....but wished I hadn't bothered.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-13-21

Literally repetitive

There have been several instances where multiple paragraphs are repeated. I thought the app was broken but no it’s the actual audio recording

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  • Simon Kincaid
  • 09-07-20

Sort out the editing

A few times the audio repeats itself so you hear the same sentence twice.

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  • SoMrHarris
  • 05-19-19

Fun in the Colonel Sun

Colonel Sun is an interesting book. Narration by the amazing Simon Vance was top notch, but the book itself fell a little flat at times. M is kidnapped, and it's up to Bond to save the day. But how he does that is basically all luck and very little "Bond" action. That said, a few parts of this book inspired a scene in the film Spectre, so one shouldn't complain.

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  • Northern Monkey
  • 06-24-18

thought it was a weak story line

I know the book was written years ago but it never seemed to get going I wasn't expecting it to be as dull

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  • Bloggs
  • 05-11-17

Spoiled by bad editing.

Great story, Supurb naration but on several occasions there were repeated sections. should have been edited out.

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  • Ben K Lodhia
  • 07-09-21

Too Slow

This one is very slow going. Great idea but it just drags on after the beginning.