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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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    TDH 02-08-15
    TDH 02-08-15 Member Since 2017
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    generic 04-25-17
    generic 04-25-17
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    "Expect something different from the books."

    Bond is more complex than as portrayed in most of the films. Stevens is excellent.

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    J. Mcdonald Detroit, MI, US 03-21-17
    J. Mcdonald Detroit, MI, US 03-21-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Raw side of James Bond beats movie!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Casino Royale to be better than the print version?

    Smooth, easy listening, on the couch, relaxing chair, driving an automobile - steady listen with inflection and vibrant voice. The tone of speech varied from passage to passage. Chapters were named and easy to track. Made a great story easy to digest


    What other book might you compare Casino Royale to and why?

    The White Plague by Frank Herbert; a story of mystery, revenge, and tragic triumph. Both narratives contain moral issues with non-traditional resolution. Text must flow while holding attention to detail. Both books deliver. Highly recommended


    Which character – as performed by Dan Stevens – was your favorite?

    Le Chevre, a dark character with ambivalent motives


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

    The pivotal chase where James Bond is tricked into an auto accident resulting in his capture and torture.


    Any additional comments?

    A high quality listen, a great gift, a memorable legend comes to life... I recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KB2187 03-17-17
    KB2187 03-17-17
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    "Audio Better Than a Traditional Read"
    If you could sum up Casino Royale in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic Bond Story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The feel. The atmosphere. The wind blowing through my hair as I read about Bond on the coast of France in the late 1950's. The Cold War. Smoky, but extravagant casinos. Black ties and rich food. A beautiful woman. Face to face gambling! Rubber tires gripping the road as Bond slams his convertible Bentley into gear in a chase with the bad guy.

    Awesome stuff.


    Have you listened to any of Dan Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to no other narrations by Dan Steven's, but he's perfect for a Bond story.

    There are few books that I've listened to that were better than traditionally reading the book. This is one of them. I've read Casino Royale twice. I'm a huge Bond fan. This autiobook is my best experience with the book (and I loved reading it originally).

    I highly recommend this version of the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Intrigue on the French coast.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic debut for Bond, James Bond. I love how Bond isn't a superhero. Yes, this is an adventure story. But, Bond can be hurt. And, he is. In more than one way.

    Bond's not a two dimensional action character. He's an adventure hero with a lot of depth. This book, as short as it is, gives you a look at his psyche--from both his internal point of view and that from outsiders looking at him.

    Fantastic book.

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    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 02-01-17
    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 02-01-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Bond--A Favorite"

    I've read this book previously, but wanted to give it a listen, as well. I'm so glad I did. For me, this was Bond at his finest. Ian Fleming's Bond has never been matched since being taken over by other writers. The newer stories are fine on their own, but there was a certain crispness about the way Fleming wrote his version of Bond that was unique to him and that style was born in and grew from Casino Royale.

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    CozyWriter 10-21-16
    CozyWriter 10-21-16
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    "A pleasant surprise if you've only seen the movie"

    I knew a bit about the James Bond series even though I'd not read any of the novels or the short stories. I had once read that the early books had a sort of "comedic" tone which I didn't hear in the writing. It was all pretty serious stuff here, as spy/adventure novels go.

    I found the 3-part construction of the book to be kinda-sorta awkward, and I allowed that, as it being his first in a long series of novels. Practice Makes Perfect. The book could have perfectly well ended at the end of the second part, which makes the last third of the book feel as if it's the world's longest denouement. But... it's not. Stick with it until the very last word (hint-hint).

    The reader is quite good: avoiding falling into any cliché voices of the famous movie Bonds, and adding his only quiet suavity to the character. Overall, it was a very interesting read. AND, it inspired me to invest in the other novels in the series, even though I don't think I would go on a Bond binge. This "comedic" (sic) novel has some pretty heavy stuff salted in for later in the series. I think I might savor them, like a good bourbon. ;)

    I found one "error" in the plotting, but again: first novel. I'm sure he gets better as the books roll along. Fleming was quite prolific and produced a new Bond novel every year from 1953 until the end of his life in the mid-1960s. He had a lot of words and chapters in which to learn - and perfect - the craft.

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    David D. Schneider 09-28-16 Member Since 2017

    Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.

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    "OK if you're a O07 Bond fan -- but nothing like the movies 😱"

    5 stars great.
    4 stars good.
    3 stars OK.
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    Written in 1953 or 56 so a bit of a post-WWII flavor and a fair amount of cerebrating on the part of Ian Fleming as he writes.
    Interesting. Not a lot of action. ____________😱

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    Mark gregory 09-12-16
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    "Classic Bond, James Bond"

    This is the story that established the mold for how Bond has been portrayed in both later books and in the movies. Casino Royale has it all - murder, greed, passion, love, and loyalty to nation and between friends set in the period right after WWII in the heyday of the Cold War. It is excellently written and narrated. The description and portrayal of the times and activities within the story come alive and keep you involved right to the end. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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