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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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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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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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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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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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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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So much better than the Bond movies

James is a much more introspective (and superstitious) than the movie action figure. But he’s definitely a man of action with guts, brains and a love of the “good things” in life. The sound and handling of a fine car. Excellent dining. The pleasure’s of a woman’s beauty and company. At the same time that he is a bit of the Hugh Hefner lifestyle, he is also quite conservative. Very much in tune with the social conservatism of the British elites and intelligence agency he works for.

The book reflects the post war / emerging Cold War anxieties, the vigilance of the espionage organizations,. In a way it’s a WW II book. Sort of an epilogue.

Fleming is so much more than an Airport pulp fiction paperback writer than many people assume he must be.

I doubt you will be disappointed.

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Maybe my favorite Bond book, and my least favorite movie.

Story and performance was excellent!! Bill Nighy was superbly adept at all the characters. Listen to this and wonder why the movie was made like it was.