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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,831 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: July 2010 ISBN: 9781455177233
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Agent 007 is back—and he must race to stop the destruction of England.

When James Bond is asked to settle a dispute over “ungentlemanly behavior” at an exclusive gambling club, the affair is embarrassing in the extreme, for the accused is the unimpeachable Sir Hugo Drax: business tycoon, popular hero, patriot extraordinaire, and head of the multimillion-dollar Moonraker missile program on which Britain’s future defense depends.

Soon, however, the “affair of honor” takes on a somewhat more serious tone as Bond finds out the bizarre and terrifying truth about Drax and Moonraker, a truth that could not only prove fatal for Agent 007 and his beautiful companion but could mean the deaths of millions.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bond has never been more debonair than he is here. Vance creates compelling and realistic characters aside from the protagonist, leading to a thrilling listen that will captivate fans of the genre and newcomers alike as the film never could.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “By some latent intuition, Fleming was able to peer beyond the Cold War limitations of mere spy fiction and to anticipate the emerging milieu of the Colombian cartels, Osama bin Laden, and indeed the Russian mafia.”

    Christopher Hitchens, New York Times bestselling author

  • “At the first words of this production, listeners can immediately imagine every James Bond movie they ever saw. [Vance] sounds like all the characters rolled into one.”

    AudioFile

  • “Fleming is splendid; he stops at nothing.”

    New Statesman

  • A Listen Up Award Winner in 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doubledf19.99 | 2/18/2014

    " good read, and the Bond series, enjoyable and a page turner, and a fast read at that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taruia | 1/30/2014

    " The third iteration of Fleming's James Bond books is based entirely in the UK with industrialist Sir Hugo Drax helpfully offering to build a rocket for HM Government. Of course not all of the story is as plausible as that, but nonetheless it is my favourite of the first three books in the series, thus far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 1/23/2014

    " Some enjoyable set pieces and observations although it can be a little bit slow at time. Not the best Bond but still worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andreas Strom | 1/22/2014

    " Luckily, this had next to nothing in common with the embarrassment that is the movie. Bond doesn't even leave Britain, let alone go to space :) Not the best Bond novel, a bit boring here and there, but still a worthy novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 1/20/2014

    " I never really thought about reading James Bond books before but then I was in an antique shop which happened to have a very large portion of them in paperback form. Wrapped up in twine and having been old dog eared and mouldering copies from first runs on I could not resist. So I brought them home and have been very fascinated since. Moonraker, the third in the series, is nothing like the film aside from a few character names it could be an entirely different Bond film than the Roger Moore vehicle. With the typical action and suspense I have come to associate with Bond I could not put it down. The story follows Bond as he tries to sort out the concerns of superiors on the safety of the Moonraker, a state..ahem.. of the art rocket which has been built by a national hero. I say state of the art since these novels were written well before the space age was in full swing. Although antiquated the stories are still intriguing and I cannot wait for the next adventure with Diamonds are Forever... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Roberts | 1/10/2014

    " This book was okay, not the greatest and average overall. Still it wasn't a bad read either! Onwards to the next one :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/3/2014

    " Two words: Retracting windshield for when car chases turn into gun battles. Totally sweet. Except for when James has to periodically wipe bug guts off of his face. But it's a small price to pay for being awesome. Also, he puts benzedrine in his champagne. We can all relate to that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 12/31/2013

    " Bond remains on home soil in this instalment of 007. All the usual sophistication and cut-throat action expected when reading this series. Though I did find this book slightly slower paced than others from Ian Fleming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/27/2013

    " Much better. Not sure it's 4 stars but it's a stronger book than the first two. If only I understood how to play bridge... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Markus | 12/17/2013

    " Solid read. By far better than the film adaptation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John E. Bailor | 12/5/2013

    " Of all Fleming's James Bond novels, this was my favorite. Loved how the suspense kept building. Very exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Solski | 11/26/2013

    " Campy fun about dealing cards, big bombs, and submarines! Enjoyable... although at times a little bewildering. I enjoy the parody of the early bond books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Williamacrane | 11/18/2013

    " By far the best of my re-read of the Bond books so far. Action, suspense. And surprisingly, Bond does not get the girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 10/17/2013

    " Classic Bond in the first half of the book with a card-playing showdown with Hugo Drax set amid the paranoia of a threat of a nuclear war in the years immediately after WWII. The second half of the book covers familiar territory that Austin Powers does better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Norfleet | 11/6/2012

    " Good book and fun read. Mostly different than the film, but in a good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Kennedy | 10/26/2012

    " About the only things this book had in common with the movie is the title, and the names Bond, M, and Hugo Drax. Once again, I much preferred the book over the movie. It's all about the details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 5/22/2012

    " One of my favorite James Bond books. Apparently it's quite easy to disguise Nazi rocket engineers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Mulligan | 7/26/2011

    " Good, but not usual James Bond standards. Bit rushed and obvious plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Doody | 3/27/2011

    " An excellent, gripping thriller, the only Bond novel set entirely within Great Britain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/16/2011

    " Dr. No is 6th in the series, but was the first Bond movie, with Sean Connery and Ursula Andress. The book is in some ways very different from the movie, no radioactivity, for example. The escape sequence is pretty good, at least in its conception. "

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