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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,999 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Fleming Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The James Bond Series Release Date:
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When Agent 007 goes to Harlem, it’s not just for the jazz. Harlem is the kingdom of Mr. Big, voodoo baron, black master of crime, and senior partner in SMERSH’s grim company of death. As gold coins from a Jamaican pirate hoard start turning up in pawnshops in Harlem, M suspects the treasure is being used to finance SMERSH activity in America. Agent 007 is sent to New York to uncover Mr. Big’s criminal operation.

Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes; those who cross him will meet painful ends, like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her lover, James Bond. Both are marked as victims in a trail of terror, treachery, and torture that leads from New York’s black underworld to the shark-infested island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own.

Bond realizes Big is one of the most dangerous men that he has ever faced, and no one, not even the mysterious Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Live and Let Die is one of Ian Fleming’s best plots, hard-hitting and violent in a way that none of the others are. The writing displays the author’s confident ability to sweep the reader along at a breakneck pace with an engaging rhythm and flow.”

    Raymond Benson, author of High Time to Kill

  • “[Simon Vance’s] polished voice is an enchanting accompaniment to Fleming’s exotic settings and stories. His English accent is as smooth as a dry martini—shaken not stirred—and he slips into other accents as easily as the fictional 007 slips out of a dangerous situation and into the bed of a beautiful woman.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark | 2/9/2014

    " These books are fun. I have always enjoyed the movies and the books are timeless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelley Ridings | 2/5/2014

    " This wasn't one of my favorite Bond stories. I was very disappointed in some of the racist comments and undertones in the book. The story dragged a little as well. An interesting conclusion though with some classical typical Bond moments throughout. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mike Jensen | 1/27/2014

    " Thinking I would see the new James Bond movie, I wanted to read one of the novels to get a sense of how what Ian Fleming did was different than what the movie does. I'll mostly leave that aside except to note that the film is nothing but overblown texture, and the book is nearly lacking in texture of any kind. Fleming was a terrible writer, so bad that I must read another of his books sometime to try and figure out why he appeals to so many. There is virtually no style, his characters are paper thin, and it was fully a quarter into the book before he added anything like a plot point. There is some small energy to the action scenes, and I did find myself curious perhaps twice about what would happen next. If this book had a different protagonist than James Bond, in other words, if it were not part of the Bond series, nobody would read it. The second star is simply because it is part of the series, and so provokes curiosity. I read the old Perma Books edition, not the Penguin edition pictured with this review. Maccbeth reference in chapter 4, and Shakesperae quotation in chapter 9. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Norm Minekime | 1/27/2014

    " This is the second of the Ian Fleming Bond books. Although there was more and better action in this book than Casino Royale, I did not enjoy it nearly as much. In particular, the book is a very racist reflection of the times it was written. Bond's adversary is a black gangster from Harlem, who also happens to be a Soviet agent. He uses Voodoo to control a large part of the African American population of the US, expecially Pullman porters and cab drivers. All the African American characters speak in a dialog straight out of 1930s and '40s movies, and there is an especially tasteless chapter where Bond and Felix Leiter (of the CIA) sit in a restaurant in Harlem and eavesdrop on an African American couple having a conversation. I would suggest skipping this book in the series for this reason; it isn't really necessary to read this one to enjoy the next one, Moonraker. "

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