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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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  • Charlotte
  • Rock Hill, SC, United States
  • 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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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.

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my favorite Bond book. amazingly performed.

drax is a great villain. sordid plot. amazing tight action sequence. favorite Bond girl! must have!

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James Bond Verus The Nuclear Missile

Bond is back for a third original novel from Ian Fleming.
Dating back to 1955 this story does not feel all that dated. The writing is crisp and clear. The characters are well fleshed out. All in all, the novels by Fleming are, generally, much better than the films. Speaking of the films, this story bears no resemblance to the film of the same name other than the name of the hero and the villain. Beyond that...all new ground for the first time reader.

Bill Nighy does a great job with the narration and his experience as an actor shows through pleasantly.

Recommended for any reader of action adventure stories.

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first time

This was my first time reading this book. I found it fast, thrilling, character rich, well written and heavy. Bill takes a bit to get use to for the narrator but after 25 minutes he fgriws on you.

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Left wondering how the movie ended up so terrible

I enjoyed the story trying to imagine what it would have been like to read it in 1955.

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Awesome!

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to Mr. Nigh. I also love the fact that Mr. Fleming can write such detailed books and leave out the explicitness that is written today. I so regret not reading these books sooner.....way sooner. I am so familiar with the movies. Even though they differ, the books are as enjoyable.....and this coming from a female. Great book, great great books!