Dr. No

James Bond, Book 6
Narrated by: Hugh Quarshie
Length: 8 hrs
4.7 out of 5 stars (513 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 realize that his plans could threaten international security.

This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Hugh Quarshie.

Blackstone Audio, Inc. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under license by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd

©1958 Ian Fleming (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Book 6, Film 1

"Unfortunately, strict patterns of behavior can be deadly if they are read by an enemy."
- Ian Fleming, Dr. No

It is weird to visit a book that is so well preserved by a film. Maybe it was because it was the first James Bond film, but it has always stuck with me. The book was both more and less interesting. It had some great lines by Dr. No, and Honey Ryder was better developed in the book. But, still, it was hard to read the book and not think of Ursula Andress, the very first Bond Girl on film, walking out of the ocean. Obviously, there is something about these books and films that appeals to reader and viewer (sex, adventure, etc.) that keeps them in print and consistently being imitated and produced. However, as I've aged, I seem to have gravitated more towards John Le Carré's view of the world and away from Ian Fleming's. One has to grow up. But still, I keep coming back. There is still a 14-year old boy that needs to be feed, and sometimes shaken, sometimes stirred.

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Just did’t hit the right tone of Bond’s voice for me

Hugh Quarshire’s performance of Ian Fleming’s Dr. No was, as a whole, well done; however, for my ear he didn’t capture the round baritone tone of voice of Bond. It was too high and velvety. It wasn’t edgy or capture that deep raspiness of a 60 cigarette a day smoker. And that is what I am hearing in narrators such a Simon Vance (although I prefer Vance in so many other books he narrates). Vance lacks the tone and sounds too professorial, like the intellectual reading Goethe. Nevertheless, Quarshire, does capture well, better than all who I have heard perform, the action and episodic tension in this plot driven novel. As such Quarshire makes this thriller engaging, and viscerally and visually alive. So what might be four stars for lacking the the correct modality of Bond in my opinion, Quarshire’s other measures in performing Dr. No make it five stars.

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Great story

Bonds humanity and inner thoughts about circumstances makes a more believable, realistic hero than one portrayed in movie.

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Powerful Performance

I’m slowly working through the Audible versions of the James Bond novels. Thank you to Lucy Fleming for producing such exceptional quality work! I’m writing this review to say that Hugh Quarshie’s reading and performance of “Dr. No” is incredibly well done! The pacing is easy on the ear; dialogue delivered with deep emotion and character; accents for different characters rendered with sublime personality. I’ll be looking for more Audible titles presented by this talented reader!

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The real James Bond

I started reading the series out of curiosity to see why someone would make them into movies. I was expecting pulp fiction but was surprised how good the writing is. Ian Fleming was ahead of his time. Read Dr No but read the series in order. The audible narration is superb

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very entertaining.

good story, good flow, well researched. what you'd expect from Fleming. can't wait to start another Bond escapade.

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Excellent reading!

These old James Bond books have a certain charm. They are also racist and sexist. The performance of Hugh Quarshie is amazing! His reading is first rate and I love the timbre of his voice.

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My first Ian Fleming novel. I liked it very much.

The Dr No film is one of my favorite movies of all time. The book is just a little subdued for me. I still love it! It's James Bond !!!

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Bond in Jamaica.

Dr. No is generally similar to the movie, but has enough surprises to keep you turning the page. Bond is considerably more human than the film. Wonderful reading by Hugh Quashie. Love the accents.

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Hugh Quarshie is an amazing narrator

I love this book, but Hugh Quarshie is fantastic. I need more of his performances!