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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,054 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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Published posthumously, this book is an anthology of three novellas featuring the world’s best-known secret agent, James Bond.

In the first story, “Octopussy,” the legendary 007 is sent to Jamaica to deal with a rather odd Englishman. Major Dexter Smythe is a proper fellow living in the lap of luxury, but his fondness for eight-legged creatures has resulted in a dangerous experiment that will put Bond in a precarious position.

Bond’s mission in “The Living Daylights” is to neutralize the KGB sniper, code-named Trigger, whose assignment is to prevent an important Russian official from defecting. M sends 007 to West Berlin to safeguard Agent 272, but can Bond kill the sniper in time? Trigger is one of Fleming’s most tantalizing villains—a shadowy figure who Bond and the listener glimpse but never meet.

“The Property of a Lady” finds Bond at an auction tracking down an exotic objet d’art and a deceptive woman.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A must for Bond buffs.”


  • “Three James Bond novellas come alive in [Simon Vance’s] expert hands…[Vance] gives Bond a smooth, urbane voice, managing not to reflect any of the actors who’ve played the British spy on screen. He also nimbly handles the major’s inner dialogue in Octopussy.


  • “The stories delve deeper into the James Bond character and psyche, are full of atmosphere and detail, and are, in short, pure Fleming.”

    Raymond Benson, author of High Time to Kill

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nathanielk | 2/18/2014

    " Not bad: The Living Daylights is short and taut. Octopussy might amuse people who are really really interested in scuba diving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Russell Grant | 2/10/2014

    " And the Fleming Bond novels come to an end for me. A bit of a low key affair, this final collection of short stories. Still damned good, with both Octopussy and The Living Daylights being just about as good of a short story as you could want and damned fine in their own rights. the other two stories appear to have commisioned and read like work for hire and are a bit clumsey and lazy, hence the lower star rating on the whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marcela Marcu | 2/8/2014

    " Genuine James Bond story, with old-fashioned hand to hand combats and witty comebacks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steven Kent | 2/8/2014

    " You probably won't believe me on this one, but Octopussy: The Darling is actually a fairly literary short story. Maude Adams summed the story up in a two-minute scene in the movie, which otherwise had nothing to do with Flemings best attempt at depth. "

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