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Thrilling Cities

Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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In 1959, Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was commissioned by the Sunday Times to explore 14 of the world’s most exotic cities. Fleming saw it all with a thriller writer’s eye. From Hong Kong to Honolulu, New York to Naples, he left the bright main streets for the back alleys. The result is a series of vivid snapshots of a mysterious, vanished world.

©1962 Gildrose Productions Ltd., Copyright 1959, 1960 by Thomson Newspapers Ltd., Introduction Copyright © Jan Morris 2009 (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Brilliant Mid-Century Snapshot of the World

This is an outstanding performance of what should be considered a classic of Twentieth Century nonfiction. More social commentary than tourist guide, it is truly enjoyable to the last detail. And he spares no details or opinions in his commentary.

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  • Christopher
  • 04-25-18

Interesting journey

I was intrigued by the remit of the book and found the content a very interesting travel summary.
Well planned and narrated.

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  • Graham G Grant
  • 04-19-19

A tour de force

Fleming is an excellent tour guide as he visits cities including Naples, Hong Kong and Geneva, deftly locating and researching the underbelly of each one, meeting cranks, crooks - and Charlie Chaplin. Perhaps most memorably, he interviews former arch mobster Lucky Luciano, retired - or thought to be retired - in Naples. Worth sticking to the end for Fleming’s Bond-style tips on winning in casinos... an entertaining listen, charmingly read - and a tantalising slice of history from one of the great thriller writers of all time.