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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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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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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.

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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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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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A different Bond.

I have grown up with only the bond character Portrayed in the movies. Never the original character I don't know why I guess I was worried that I would come to dislike the movies or dislike the books.

However in Fleming's bond is the Superior bond gone is the gruff womanizer or joker wall on mission bond is a machine careful and calculated which shows how he survived so long Outside of the mission he is introspective to the point of philosophical.

Truly a wonder of a character.

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Epic Bond!

A very good reading of the first book in the Bond series. Having been a lifelong Bond film afficiando, these books are just as much a pleasure to hear. The books stands on it own, at times better than watching Connery, Craig, Moore or Brosnan on the silver screen. And this book, this initial take on Who Bond is, might be the best of all of them. Worth every minute!

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Surprising

Very good story. More interesting and nuanced than I expected. This first James Bond novel describes an imperfect hero. Elements of truth are revealed under the guise of fiction.

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The essence of Bond. ..

The essence of Bond with a stunning vocal performance by Day Stevens. Check it out.

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it was good

the book was really good. But it was kind of hard to get into it first because how the book is worded is harder to follow when you're not actually reading the book along with the audio. I also kind of felt that there were moments that were really building up to this big event and then it kind of glossed over it really quickly. But something that would read again

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Smooth customer

I forgot how amazing Bond is! The narration was amazing! There are some books and narrators that sometimes dip and bore you a bit, however with this title I felt none of that.

Can't wait for the rest of the series!