Moonraker

James Bond, Book 3
Narrated by: Bill Nighy
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,050 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 defense 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.

This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Bill Nighy.

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

©1955 Ian Fleming (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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James Bond! Bill Nighy!

This reading is so superior to the movie in every way. Nighy actually made me forget Sean Connery and picture Bond as a more complex and beguiling hero.

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A first class adventure

Anyone familiar with the Roger Moore film will be pleasantly surprised with this taught adventure, which has little to do with the 1955 novel. Bill Nighy enlivens Fleming's third Bond novel with a mix of humor and sentiment adds humanity to 007.

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Ripping good yarn

DON’T underestimate the writing of Fleming just because he’s genre fiction. Beautifully told, immaculate Bond novel. Excellent starting point for anyone looking to begin. Great villain too.

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Published in 1955 & Not Like the Movie.

I enjoyed this novel and I wasn't a fan of the movie version with Roger Moore . Bond is a deep character and very human but heroic too.

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Amazing

Having grown up on the Bond movies, I decided that I wanted to read the books. I listened to the first two, read by Simon Vance, and thoroughly enjoyed them. I love Simon Vance as a narrator, and he fit the Bond novels extremely well.

As much as I have always enjoyed Bill Nighy as an actor, I was not enthused by the idea of listening to him read a Bond novel. I was accustomed to hearing Vance. But Nighy is an incredible narrator. His voice changes for different characters are perfect. I’ll have to try to listen to more things that he has read.

As to the book itself, it’s wonderful. As a lifelong Bond fan, Moonraker is easily my least favorite film. It’s ill-advised foray into science fiction is ridiculous. But the novel is wonderful, with a very tight plot.

I enjoyed this a great deal.

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who could resist Nighy as Bond

Bill Nighy is amazing. And his Bond is something you won't see at the movies.

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Incredible book and performance

Bill Nighy was absolutely incredible in his interpretation of the characters. I've listened to these books in order so far, and with this being only the third book, there's still much to come. That being said, in my opinion, Nighy's performance on this book has been the best so far. I must also say that this book (and the previous two books) surprised me from a literary standpoint. I'm sure that like many children of the 80's, I knew the movies first; and for those alone I've been a Bond fanboy from the first moment. The books, on the other hand, have been a foregone conclusion in my mind; an assumption, or more accurately a misconception...until now. These first three books have in no uncertain terms blown my mind and completely opened my eyes to the brilliant author and amazing talent that was Ian Fleming. Of course one has to correct a little for the period during which these books were written in terms of certain language, but even so I have so much more respect and understanding now for the character of James Bond, as well as for the man who created him. If there's another level above a fanboy, consider me having reached it. I'd also love to shake Nighy's hand and buy him a properly shaken martini as a "thank you" for bringing this book to life.

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Yes please, may I have more?!? Bill Nighy rocks!!

What made the experience of listening to Moonraker the most enjoyable?

Bill Nighy made this book awesome!!!

What about Bill Nighy’s performance did you like?

Everything about Bill Nighy's voice is what I loved about his performance!!!

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Superb Narration and Story

The narration was the best I have heard so far. Bill Nighy performed this audiobook wonderfully, and with a very wide range for the characters. I was worried that such an old man would be an injustice to Bond’s character, but Bill did it right.

The story, has been one of my favorites so far. I am only up to “From Russia with Love”, as of now, but this has been one of the best. The action towards the end was absolutely gripping! And I felt the disappointment Bond must have faced in the closing.

Moonraker, narrated by Bill Nighy is my favorite Bond/Celebrity audiobook yet.

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As perfect an audio-book as you are going to find.

"Moonraker: James Bond, book 3"
Written by Ian Fleming
Read by Bill Nighy (Celebrity Performance Collection)

As perfect an audio-book as you are going to find.
“Moonraker” is extremely well done, and a beautifully written adventure-romance. Bond, or no Bond, this is a great novel.

A marvelous & delicately well researched technical nightmare that, even though these are weapons of mass destruction from 1955, you get a chilling icy lump in your guts simply knowing these things do exist, Are real, & that man-kind has access to this technology - a technology that only exists to cause horrifically vast amounts death & destruction. Fleming fills out this nightmare to the very last shadowy detail by intelligently explaining how “Man” would happily weld such instruments of death against his fellow human beings.

Which brings us to the Bond-villain: this is a villain who is described in such deeply unpleasant yet realistic detail that he makes your skin crawl while you fear for our future as a species.

The romance is not idiotic, or clumsily hammered into the story, but instead makes James Bond into a living breathing human.

I think we all forget that James Bond is a famous series because Ian Fleming was an incredibly talented writer.

Narrator: Bill Nighy.
Bill Nighy!
Bill ( freakin’ ) Nighy!
This story is read by the incrediblly talented english actor Bill Nighy.
Bill Nighy is the reason I hunted down & spent a credit to get this book.
Bill Nighy is a sheer joy to listen to.
Every line Bill Nighy reads rings out so ...real.
Bill Nighy’s one of the best actors working today.
Bill Nighy’s performance makes James Bond’s life as a international man of mystery all the more mysterious, and humorous, and thrilling, and painful (in all ways physical, emotional & intellectually) …and yes, he makes it all the more real and thus, interesting.

Bill Nighy’s performance perfectly portrays the way James Bond communicates with his superiors, his fellow agents and (yes) the women working in the secret service, and Scotland yard, and especially how Bond oh so cooly stands up against the villains.

Bill Nighy is an AUDIBLE treasure.

Bill Nighy is a force that will grab you by your ears get you hooked into this story and, as they say, stay listening on the edge of your seat.

I wish Audible would carry more of these audio-books that are parts of a “Celebrity Performance Collection” - as this one says it is in it’s description, and certainly is proof that it is a cut above most other audio books.