Thunderball

James Bond, Book 9
Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (412 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ernst Stavro Blofeld, leader of the terrorist organization SPECTRE, has hijacked an American plane loaded with atomic weapons. Unless his demands are met, he will destroy one of the world's major cities. With only one week to locate the missing bombs, James Bond goes to the Bahamas, where he encounters Blofeld's right-hand man, Emilio Largo, and his mistress, Domino. With time running out, Bond learns that sharks are not the only killers in the Caribbean Sea.

This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Jason Isaacs.

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

©1961 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Superb

Isaac's assessment is spot on: this Bond's a man, not a cartoon, and all the more fascinating for it. The performances are sublime...who knew he could make such an affecting Domino?

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fantastic details

hearing Ian Fleming read aloud it's so much more thrilling than watching a movie particularly with all the backstory and context with your schedule we presented in any of the visual presentations of bond

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Isaacs' Superb Performance Makes Book Excellent

This is a fun read, really showcasing how human James Bond is in the books. It is Isaacs's spectacular reading, however, that really makes this feel like cinema. The accents, the timing, the inflection... Superb!

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My First Excursion into the Bond Books

I'm gonna rate this a five. The story stands on a four but Jason Isaacs is a fantastic narrator and I really loved list ending to him tell the story. I love that each character sounded unique and he mostly high the accents dead on.
This is also the first Bond book I've "read". I have seen the movies and read many of the comics and graphic novels so it was nice to go back to the source material. There is a lot there that is in the media portrayals but there are things they also leave out.
Overall, I 'd recommend this to my friends who want to go back to the basics of James Bond

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A character driven novel upheld by Audible performance

Fleming’s Thunderball is a richly character driven novel. Importantly, he introduces the head of SPECTRE, Bloefeld, who will be central in two following novels. But the main villain in Thunderball is a man called Largo, a large Italian man with exceptionally large hands, a hugely conceived criminal plane to extort the world, and a sleek custom designed yacht that he stealthily captures and moves two nuclear bombs to accomplish SPECTRE’s plan. Then there is Domino, the lusty Italian young woman, who is beautiful, yet with one physical drawback. She’s vulnerable, but courageous and is instrumental in the end in flipping the Bond paradigm. Additionally, Bond’s old pal, Felix Leiter’s from the CIA comes to the Bahamas out of retirement on this top secret, top priority, time sensitive mission that could potentially see the detonation of one of the bombs if SPECTRE’s demands are not met. As to the Audible, Jason Isaacs crossed many hurdles in a fine fashion handling many dialects from different countries, different genders, and different regions. I started listening while reading the text at 1.2x speed. I could follow, as in prior books; however, due to the speed that Isaacs was reading Thunderball, I cranked it down a notch, because it was too choppy, specifically the dialogue. I love the Thunderball movie, I have loved since it came out as a kid; it was the last underwater scuba diver battle.

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The closest to the movie.

the best part of this one is the narration Jason Issaic is great. The best one so far.

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Just Like the Movie

I grew up with this character and absolutely adore him, both in book form and movie form. Register in to this book, I was shocked to see how close the early movies followed the book. While the movie settings were much more elaborate, they still contained Of course, this became much less so in the latter movies. "Thunderball" was the first Bond film that I saw in the theater (I later caught up with the earlier releases), and it really was a faithful recreation of the book, right down to the Disc Volante.

Bond is an interesting character, with his mysogeny, loose morals, womanizing, gambling and chain smoking. All of that is present in this book. Yet he is a very faithful and human British agent. (MUCH more so than the latter films.)

This book was a quick and relaxing summer read. I am now going back and picking up many of the Ian Fleming books so I can listen to them again. I may even try some of the non-Fleming books also.

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Time Capsule

Enjoyed going back in time for this one. The story really grabbed me. I was surprised by my inability to turn this one off and go to work in the morning.

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Another good read, like a new story

This is yet another Bond title that really was different. It was along the same story line but appears to have content from Thunderball and Never Say Never mixed together. Well read and kept my attention for the entire read!

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Enter: SPECTER

James Bond further cements his status as a super spy by taking on the evil organization of SPECTER.

The book has been adapted to film a couple times, but here we see the true, less gimmicky, version of the story. While less high tech, it is no less an exciting tale.

Be aware that this falls under the category of "of its time". It does, therefore, include comments, language and behavior that would, today, be considered sexist and racist.

If you can get beyond that, you will be treated to the very first Bond versus SPECTER story... the basis of most of the early Bond films. A conditional recommendation.