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Casino Royale Audiobook

Casino Royale: James Bond, Book 1

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For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn't be higher. 007's mission is to neutralize the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to "retire" him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in - that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall.

This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Dan Stevens.

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

©1952 Ian Fleming (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Troy 09-19-14
    Troy 09-19-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Bond. James Bond."

    When AudioGo first announced this round of new recordings a couple of years ago, I was manic to have them. I own copies of the original Simon Vance recordings from my pre-Audible days, which are phenomenal, but being the Bond fan that I am, I'm always curious to see what others can bring to the table. Then I found out these new recordings weren't available outside of the UK, and my heart sank. I prayed Audible would bring them to me.

    At last, my prayers have been answered, and wouldn't you know, I had to hunt for them. Instead of referring to them by their official series name of "007 Reloaded," they're called "celebrity performances." Well, by any other name, it means my 2 credits a month are dedicated for the next few months (barring Star Wars releases), and not being independently wealthy, I can't afford to spring for them all at once as I'd like to do. Curses, foiled again.

    Be that as it may, I have begun the series, and I'm over the moon impressed with this new performance by Dan Stevens. He impressed me with his work on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and his work here is every bit as nuanced and incredible. I almost wish he could do the rest of them too, but the point is to have a variety of talent for this series, so I'm looking forward to riding that wave. As many times as I've gone through the original novels, I'm still not as familiar with them as I am the films, and this provides the perfect excuse for me to dive in again and live with them for a while.

    For those new to the original Fleming novels, this is a great introduction to the series. You almost have to forget what you've seen on screen and take Bond in his original cold war context, but thanks to the recent Daniel Craig films coming closer to Fleming's work, the in-road to the classic version has never been friendlier. It might take some getting used to Bond using a Beretta instead of the Walther PPK, or driving a Bentley instead of the Aston Martin, but the core of everything that is Bond starts here and evolves into what we've come to know and love throughout the series. Fleming's incredible detail brings these stories to life at every level, from Bond's scoping the room for signs of intrusion and tampering, to food and drink, to the gambling tables, to the torture sequences, and beyond. It's visceral in a way that can only come happen thanks to practical, real world experience. That's what separates Bond from his world of knock-offs and wanna-be copycats. Setting the standard of all that's come before and all that will come to be in the action/spy genre, regardless of medium, there's only one name you need to know. The name's Bond. James Bond.

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    TDH 02-08-15
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    "Stevens Makes This a much Better Listen"

    The same good story, but Dan Stevens of Downton Abby is a fantastic upgrade at narrator from the previous version.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Careena 04-04-15
    Careena 04-04-15 Member Since 2017

    Doctor Who, James Bond, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Gaskell, but mostly just Doctor Who.

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    "First James Bond"

    It's been a little while since I've listened to this, but this book was my first exposure to James Bond. It was nice, I've listened to several others since then and I really enjoy them.

    Dan Stevens' performance was top-notch, I would totally listen to him over and over again.

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    Theodore Campbell 07-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Remarkable book."

    I have always wanted to become a James Bond groupie. My mom and brother loved the films growing up but I could never get into them. I remember finding out the films had been famous books in the fifties and sixties when I was in high school in the eighties. I believe Pierce Brosnan was the reigning Bond then. I made mental note to read up on Ian Fleming. I've finally made good on that mental note after all these years. I couldn't be more intrigued by the hype. James Bond is definitely one of the best heroes ever written. The structure of this opening novel the gripping series is a quintessential masterpiece. And this audio book is a majestic complement to the author and his characters. I now make a mental note to complete the entire series. Way to go, Dan Stevens. Thank you, Ian Fleming.

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    Michelle Edwards 07-15-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Ian Fleming Was A Master Story Teller"

    Having only seen the movies, this was an absolute treat! It is wonderfully narrated by Dan Stevens. Nice to finally hear of aBond in Fleming's own words. Looking forward to the rest of the books, as I am especially a fan of Sean Connery. Lots of fun.

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    John J. Fauerbach IV 07-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Royal Flush"

    Superb writing, an engaging story, and articulated in such an elegant manner! 5 stars. A golden plot.

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    Vincent H. Bartning Vallejo, CA, USA 06-22-17
    Vincent H. Bartning Vallejo, CA, USA 06-22-17 Member Since 2015

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    "The World as It Used to Be"

    it's nice to see in the way of the world used to be. The story will be much different today. Since it's in context, I'll give it 5 stars. Otherwise, I'd give it 4 stars for the story, 5 for the performance.

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    Richard S. Swol Lindstrom, MN USA 06-15-17
    Richard S. Swol Lindstrom, MN USA 06-15-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Bond Begins"
    If you could sum up Casino Royale in three words, what would they be?

    BeginningsBondCold War (I count that as one compound word)


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This is a much more grounded Bond than you have ever seen on film. This is a very flesh and blood flawed character that you can feel as if you might run into on the street. The super-heroics of the films are all film additions. This makes the book version of Bond more relatable in my mind.


    What does Dan Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His performance helped bring the characters to life. The accents and tones used fit very well I thought.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The torture scene. Grim, gritty, and something you will never see on film. This written by a former spy. You have to wonder what the author saw in his real-life experience.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want Film James Bond, then this is not for you. If you want the core of the character that gave us that film version, then this is a good place to start.

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    Teah212 06-12-17
    Teah212 06-12-17
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    "Love It"

    I cannot believe I've waited this long to read these books. I'm a huge Bond fan; have all the movies. Even though the books are different I've found I've enjoyed the books better. Fleming was a great writer. He is thorough without being explicit. Great performer! Really really enjoyed it!

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    Chris T 06-04-17
    Chris T 06-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Bond - a bit different than the movies portrayal."

    3.5 stars for story if possible. The story was very enjoyable and we learn that Bond is a much harsher, darker person than in the movies but also much more of a romantic than merely a guy who sleeps around. But tragedy can change anyone.

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