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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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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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  • Charlotte
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  • 11-18-16

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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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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  • Lawzinski
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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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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Shares 0 similarities with the movie, WAY BETTER!

This was by far one of the best 007 stories ever told. It's a shame that the makers of the movie took virtually nothing from the book, and created their own cheesy sci-fi Bond flick instead. I'd love to see an actual movie made out of this one day. Bill Nighy the Actor Guy has an amazing voice and I couldn't have asked for a better narrator than him. The way he alters his voice for each character is amazing, especially when nailing down the snake-like German accent of Krebbs and the self-righteous menacing voice of Drax. The book may be a bit short, but that doesn't hold it back 1 bit, Ian fleming really knew how to pack a big story in a small package. 10/10!

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Wonderful!

Love all if Ian Flemming's Bond Series! Be sure and listen to them in order, for the best experience!

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A fun ride!

This is only my second Bond book (I also read Casino Royale recently), but it is pretty much everything I hoped to get out of one of these stories. It has great action, incredibly high stakes, some twists and turns, and a fantastic villain. What more could you ask for? Well, you could ask to dip slightly deeper into the character of M for one thing, and this book delivers that, something I found very intriguing for a character who is a bit of an enigma in the movies. You could also ask for some deviation from Bond's usual relation to the female lead, which this book also delivers on. Bill Nighy also does a fantastic job on the narration, as many other reviewers have noted. All in all, this is a incredibly entertaining listen. I felt like I never wanted to hit pause.

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Brilliant prose rendered brilliantly

if, like me, you're hopelessly prejudiced to the name"Moonraker" by the Roger Moore space opera, do yourself a favor and visit Bond afresh via Bill Nighy's inspired reading of Ian Fleming's stunning work of intrigue and romance.

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Moonraker the book needs its own movie

Miles from the 1979 movie screenplay. The book is exciting and gives you a feel of Ian’s Bond and not Hollywood’s. Bill Nighy’s reading was on point with voices he chose for the characters.

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Fallible and Fun

This James Bond romp is slightly different in that we see Bond relying on his female companion as the brains of the operation...He doesn’t quite make the connections of what the evil plot is, and while he averts a catastrophe, there are certainly casualties. In that respect, I actually liked Moonraker quite a bit more than most of Fleming’s other Bond novels. He starts the book off with Bond cheating at bridge for M to counter another member of M’s gambling club, Blades. That introduces the reader, and Bond, to Drax, who is building a rocket “for the defense of England.” Soon after, Bond is sent to Drax’s facility in Dover after a murder as a security professional, and he spends the rest of the novel trying to piece together what is happening. Is someone trying to sabotage the rocket? It is refreshing to see him fighting his instincts and not reading the clues around him. Fleming makes thing rather transparent from the outside, so you want Bond to be quicker on the uptake, but it is nice to see him fallible.

Bill Nighy does a great job bringing the story to life. James Bond is slightly behind the ball in this story, and it seems to move along ahead of him, and Nighy does a great job of that. Drax is well-crafted, both by Fleming, and well portrayed by Nighy. Gala Brand is well described, and beautifully clever, and Nighy did a good job of bringing that out. It isn’t frequent that the girl out-smarts Bond, but Moonraker is a gem in that respect. She not only pieces the plot together, but comes up with the way to prevent mass-casualties. Bond would never have pulled off the job without Brand, and Nighy did a great job of bringing her to life.

As a woman, I can’t recommend this story enough. As a Bond fan, this story had gambling, car chases, gratuitous naked bathing along the white cliffs of Dover, and rockets. It also had James Bond eating eggs, drinking, and smoking, as he is wont to do.