Nobody Lives Forever

James Bond Series, Book 5
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Take care 007. Take special care. The continent's a hotbed of villainy these days and you can never be too careful."

Bond was supposed to be on leave. But SPECTRE leader Tamil Rahani, dying from injuries suffered at Bond's hand, is determined to make it the holiday to die for. With a price on his head, Bond must evade the world's greatest assassins in a ruthless game of cat-and-mouse across Europe, while trying to save the lives of the two women who matter to him most, his housekeeper May and Miss Moneypenny. But Bond has been a target before. And when it comes to staying alive, nobody does it better than 007.

©1986 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under license by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

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  • Filmically Challenged
  • 08-23-20

Ultimately disappointing

I read the reviews here, especially the negative ones, but thought I'd give it a go anyway. And I have to say, as others have mentioned, this doesn't really reach the heights you'd expect. Gardner does write in the style of Fleming... but perhaps overly so. Too much additional, superfluous detail. It just seems to go on and on a bit in places. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad per se, but at the end I was left with a feeling of, "Oh, is that it?" rather than, "Oh great, can't wait to listen to the next one." Overall, I enjoyed the narration, and initially I thought that the narrator sounded very much like Robert Whitfield, who did many of the original stories. A quick google search later, and it turns out that Simon Vance IS Robert Whitfield. The only negative is his Scottish accent as May, the housekeeper. It's chronic. Later in the story, it mentions another character with an "exaggeratedly Scottish accent" --- who sounds exactly like May. I listened to this while driving around, and towards the end, I only had 12 minutes left to listen to. If I'd really been enjoying the story, I would've let it finish before getting out of the car. But I didn't. It's not a bad story, but I never felt that I needed to listen to more.

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  • Stuart Ross
  • 07-16-20

excellent

should be made as a film, exactly the same as the book, gripping story throughout

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  • Drewdle
  • 06-02-20

Bond in the thick of it

One of the best new Bond stories I've listened to. Action packed,good pace,travels the world. Good storyline and a very enjoyable listen.

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  • SoMrHarris
  • 11-05-19

James Bond meets the Cannonball Run

Nobody Lives Forever is a great premise. A price is put on Bond's head, and every agency and enemy from across the globe wants to claim the price. Think Rat Race but with Bond as the target. Only downside is the final resolution. Bit of a anti climax. Simon Vance is amazing as ever.

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  • Mr GPA
  • 09-15-16

Excellent !!

Great story Simon Vance reads brilliantly.
Bond on good form.
John Gardner has really got Ian Flemmings thought about the character a great listens but it you won't be dissapointed :)