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Publisher's Summary

James Bond seems unable to function after the death of his wife. Determined to restore 007 to the effective agent he used to be, M sends him on a mission to Japan, to the mysterious "Castle of Death", and into the lair of an old and terrifying enemy. For Bond and Blofeld, this will be their final encounter. Only one of them can survive.

This audiobook includes a bonus interview with Martin Jarvis.

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

©1964 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Too much time on Japanese culture

The book is nothing like the movie which is exciting in many ways because I had no idea what was going to happen, sadly the book takes way way WAY too much time on Japanese culture before it gets to Bonds true mission. I did thoroughly enjoy experiencing Bonds softer side and the climax was excellent just be aware it has its short comings.

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My favorite - accurate description of Japan

This is my 12th book of Fleming's Bond series and my favorite. I was born and raised in Japan, and most books and movies that take place in Japan annoy me because the country and the culture are almost always inaccurately depicted. This book is different. Except for the amas swimming naked, descriptions are accurate and not exaggerated. I wonder if Fleming lived in Japan for a while.



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Classic Bond superbly narrated

Would you listen to You Only Live Twice again? Why?

The book has so many interesting aspects and themes to it, I would certainly listen to it again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of You Only Live Twice?

The final showdown with Blofeld is classic Bond and classic Fleming.

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

Martin Jarvis really puts in a superb performance. His rendition of Tiger Tanaka is as good as it gets.

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

Bond visiting the stone pedestal bodies prior to the showdown at the castle, and the reading of Bond's obituary.

Any additional comments?

It's not the best best Fleming Bond novel, but it is part of the classic Blofeld/SPECTRE trilogy and is still highly enjoyable. The narrator really does a good job with this.

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Better than Simon Vance

The narrator is better than on the generic audible recordings, but I was not pleased with his Bond voice, it felt to old.