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Solo

Narrated by: Dominic West
Series: James Bond: The Collection, Book 44
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (218 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's 1969, and, having just celebrated his 45th birthday, James Bond - British special agent 007 - is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment. Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the rebels threatening the established regime.

Bond's arrival in Africa marks the start of a feverish mission to discover the forces behind this brutal war - and he soon realizes the situation is far from straightforward. Piece by piece, Bond uncovers the real cause of the violence in Zanzarim, revealing a twisting conspiracy that extends further than he ever imagined.

Moving from rebel battlefields in West Africa to the closed doors of intelligence offices in London and Washington, this novel is at once a gripping thriller, a tensely plotted story full of memorable characters and breathtaking twists, and a masterful study of power and how it is wielded - a brilliant addition to the James Bond canon.

James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under licence by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

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Great story that takes place in the correct timeline from Fleming's original books. Dominic West is a great narrator; highly recommended,

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The best of the period continuation novels.

Every Bond fan has their opinions about the continuation novels and I will not delve much into those discussions. As of this review, since 2008, three authors have written new Bond novels largely set within the original Fleming period of the 1950s and 60s; this one being set in 1969 (five years after Fleming's death and roughly a year after the events of "Colonel Sun," the first continuation book.). William Boyd wisely uses his own experiences and crafts them into a worthy Bond novel with a plot that differs a bit from Fleming's ideas. I especially enjoyed the action in Africa and London and found the book to be suitably detailed and entertaining. While no one will match Mr. Fleming, I appreciate that Mr. Boyd keeps Bond in his own wheel house and does not particularly attempt to "update" the character for the "modern" reader. If anything, Bond's consumption of spirits caused many reviewers to wonder if Bond had a sober moment during the course of the story. People, let that stuff go. This is escapism and let's enjoy the ride. Bond gets to do the things we only wish we could get away with... Thank you Mr. Boyd for a laudable addition to the canon.

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Great race - last fence fall!!

Very enjoyable and well read, but the story finale has annoying loose ends. Deliberate? Sequel?

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Poor research

Decent story but poorly researched, especially regarding firearms. A pistol has a magazine for feeding cartridges into the barrel. It does not use clips. Misnomer. Also, it is much more difficult to acquire a firearm in the United States as opposed to “how easy” the wither made it seem to be. This is very dishonest, and shoddy writing.

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Solid Bond novel that leaves room for a sequel

You'll get your money or credits worth with Solo. A standard issue Bond adventure that lives up to the name of the franchise. The narrator is excellent and shows his versatility with accents and different voices. He also sounds as if he's Bond which adds to the immersion. The end leaves some things open for a sequel.

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Very good, in the true spirit of Fleming

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if you are a true Bond Person this is a good one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Solo?

Character development, Bond at 45 years old faces his age, turning a chapter in his life.

What about Dominic West’s performance did you like?

Paying attention to detail and "connecting the DOS". Writing a Plausible scenario and not interjecting implausible persons or acts.

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

Last chapter, Bond comes clean and is off for another adventure.

Any additional comments?

He should be charged with writing another Bond book.

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Book, good book.

What made the experience of listening to Solo the most enjoyable?

It's Bond, James Bond. Another good read/listen in what I hope is a never-ending series.

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Big Bond fan books and films

I am a huge James fan fan right all the original Ian Fleming work all of the Benson work and many others john Gardner being next on my list. The story was put together very well and use characters from the Bond mythos pleasantly my only issue is that it leaves a few things unanswered with no follow up story. Other then that good story good listen.

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entertaining

Great story but wasn't a big fan of the ending. but loved the classic Bond.

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Very good!

I had this in my wish list for over a year before pulling the trigger due to so many bad reviews. Am glad to have given it a go as I enjoyed it quite a lot. This Bond is a little more subtle, the characters are rich, the story complex and it reminded me very much of the Bond in Skyfall. Give it a try. The narration is exceptional and I wish the actor would do Audible full time as he did a bang up job.