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In his Alpine base, Blofeld is developing biological weapons that will devastate Britain. Unaware of the danger, James Bond is about to marry Teresa di Vicenzo, the daughter of a Corsican Mafioso. But then he is sent to Switzerland. Bond's marriage and Blofeld's schemes disintegrate in a blizzard of gunfire and high-explosives from which neither man emerges the victor.

This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with David Tennant.

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

©1963 Ian Fleming (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A Real Treat

If you could sum up On Her Majesty's Secret Service in three words, what would they be?

Delightfully Sexist Bond

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bond, James Bond.

Which character – as performed by David Tennant – was your favorite?

David's James Bond, thanks to his Scottish accent and natural charisma, is a throw back to Sean Connery's and it is delightful. Tennant may never get to play him on the big screen, but listening to him play him in this book was a real treat.

Any additional comments?

Much has been made about the sexism is the Bond films. So much of his attitude towards women, it turns out, comes from the books! This was my first outing with a Bond novel and I was a little shocked at how (A) close it was to the movie and (B) how casually sexist it is. It was such a strange anachronism that I found myself just laughing at Bond and how he described and looked at women. The book is a product of its time and would not be written this way today (which I am thankful for), but that doesn't mean I didn't also enjoy it.

The story never stops moving forward, but that being said, it's plotted deliberately and almost slowly. I was constantly riveted, but was surprised at how it took its time to ramp up to the big action set pieces. Thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to my next Bond outting.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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My new favourite narrator!

Wow, David Tennant did a wonderful job narrating this book......not just because his (own) Scottish accent was a good fit for Bond (and brings in memories of Sean Connery as Bond), but because he also did wonderful voices for the other characters and the exposition (including bits of French or German). The right pacing, the right tone....all 'round wonderful.

As for the story......I liked this one more than many other Bonds, even though the movie version was hampered by the wrong actor. This is a more human, fragile, and emotional Bond - saving a woman from suicide, falling in love, getting married........all while saving England from catastrophe, of course. There's action in the high alps (lots of skiing and bobsledding), negotiations with a mobster, and even some undercover work requiring too much knowledge of ancestry and heraldic arms.

All greatly spun together by Tennant.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Favorite narrator

Where does On Her Majesty's Secret Service rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high. I could listen to David Tennant read the phone book, but he captures James Bond so well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

How do you pick one? Of course I loved when he played Sir Hillary with his natural accent, but the German headmistress was pretty good too.

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

Again, I've listened to almost all of his narrations, but this is on a different plane than his Doctor Who books. It's not the Doctor, it's definitely James Bond. His love of the books comes through his voice.

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

Not particularly.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 02-09-17

Fun novel with a dark ending

This is my first Ian Fleming novel but I have seen most of the James Bond films. The antagonist in this one is Blofeld. The movie is amazingly faithful to the book. I shall definitely listen to other James Bond novels. Narrator David Tennant is as good as any I have listened to.

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4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Worth it for Tennant alone

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marc-Ange: Tennant's performance was wonderful.

What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

It sounded like a full-cast performance: every character (and accent) was distinct and beautifully performed.

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Best Bond book I've read yet!

David Tennants performance was excellent first off, so don't worry about him carrying the book because he's great! The book itself is excellent! Very exciting action and great characters. We see Bond in his most human form here. Very excellent step forward for the character!

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  • Charlotte
  • Rock Hill, SC, United States
  • 07-31-17

David Tennant - another stellar performance!!!

Would you listen to On Her Majesty's Secret Service again? Why?

yes of course because it's a great story with the perfect narrator!!!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes because there is action spying adventure etc. the list goes on and on

Which character – as performed by David Tennant – was your favorite?

all of them

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

intrigued from the very beginning to the very end!!

Any additional comments?

highly recommend!! more David Tennant please!!

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Possibly the best narrator I've ever heard speak.

David Tennent did a amazing narration. Story was good, a little dry at times but still very good.

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awesome voice acting!

Even if youve already heard the Simon Vance narration, this performance is a must "hear". The classic Bond novel, with its characters from around the world and all walks of life , has a wonderful new life with Tennant's brilliant voice acting skill.

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Tennant.

David Tennant is a joy. Enthusiastic reading of this novel, loved every second. Worth it!