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3.0003717472119 out of 53.0003717472119 out of 53.0003717472119 out of 53.0003717472119 out of 53.0003717472119 out of 5 3.00 (5,380 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Fleming Narrator: David Tennant Publisher: Ian Fleming Ltd. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The James Bond Series Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781481508841
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In his Alpine base, Blofeld is developing biological weapons that will devastate Britain. Unaware of the danger, James Bond is about to marry Teresa di Vicenzo, the daughter of a Corsican Mafioso. But then he is sent to Switzerland. Bond’s marriage and Blofeld’s schemes disintegrate in a blizzard of gunfire and high-explosives from which neither man emerges the victor.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you wonder why James Bond remains popular sixty-one years after his creation, listen to David Tennant’s narration of this work. In this eleventh in the series, Bond finds true love, battles the evil Blofeld, and skis down a Swiss Alp at night with villains chasing him. What more does one need? David Tennant, evidently. Though we should have known that portraying the tenth Doctor Who would prepare an actor for the 007 mantle, Tennant’s ease in playing everyone from the suave British spy to a Sicilian mobster, Eastern European thugs, and five women (four English and one Russian) boggles the ear. Add a pleasant up-tempo delivery of the narrative and attuned pacing (whiz-bang in a fight, seductive in bed)—and it’s ‘Bond, James Bond.’ Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “A Bond bombshell.”

    Time

  • “Fleming at his urbanely murderous best, a notable chapter in the saga of James Bond.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “This is Ian Fleming at his best, and better than that you just don’t get.”

    Hartford Courant

  • “No book comes closer to the heart of 007.”

    Val McDermid, bestselling author of Cross and Burn

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian Weisz | 2/9/2014

    " Maybe this would have appealed to me when I was 14. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay D | 2/5/2014

    " More real-world espionage couched in fiction. A fun read, and the Lazenby film follows the novel carefully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 2/3/2014

    " I forgot how much literary Bond is consumed with ennui and complaining about the wine list. And how many more frosty lesbians (who might later melt in a real man's arms) he met on paper. But still, it's fun to read these books and see how the plots and characters got mashed up together in to the films that occupied so much of my youth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristiana | 2/1/2014

    " Pretty good, Ian Fleming actually shows evidence of understanding human emotion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xoán Vázquez Del Pozo | 2/1/2014

    " A return to form for Bond. After Bond taking a back-seat in his own novels it's nice to see a novel in which he is actually the protagonist again. It's good to finally see a more human side to Bond too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Coombs | 1/24/2014

    " I don't even know how many times I have read through the Fleming books in order. Every 7 or 8 years since I was in my teens, I believe. It's interesting to me that each time I have done this, I prefer different titles. I don't recall caring for OHMSS a great deal in times past, and in fact, it used to be one of the few that I preferred the movie to the book. This time around, I enjoyed the read more. It's not a great book, by any means; not even great Fleming. However, the character of Bond is fleshed out a little more than in the books which precede it. Other characters are not given their due. For example, Tracy is little more than a prop - which in a Fleming title would not be notable, except for the fact that it is clearly not what the author intended. Yes, the book ends with famous tragedy, but the Tracy character is not given very much of a role. She hurtles from a troubled individual on the brink of suicide to a resourceful, charge-taking woman, to a faithful wife (which would have been a spoiler 50 years ago, but anyone interested enough to read a review of a Fleming work surely knows this story by now), with scant description of how the character changed and grew. (Even this is likely the author's intent. We are to assume that the influence and company of Bond was the curative. It would be a better book if better details were given and, in fact, there is almost no time left in the written chronology of the story for Bond to have even spent much time with her.) One character who was better in the movie (and this is rarely ever the case), is Draco. In the book, he is unintentionally comic. All of that being said, the book was enjoyable. It is written with a greater maturity on Fleming's part, than most which preceded it. The story is absurd (and the exposition of the criminal plot, cottoned to by a minor character, is even more absurd!), but it is intentionally absurd. Fleming abandoned most hopes of plausibility after the first novel (with the single exception of his best work, From Russia With Love.) If you enjoy Fleming, it is certainly worth your time. If you believe the movies tell the best story of the Bond character, then you certainly should read any of the books. If you enjoy spy or Cold War fiction, and can suspend disbelief without sacrificing enjoyment - then try one. You won't be much improved by the experience, but you should enjoy it. (While doing so, bear in mind that these books were written in the 50's and 60's by a man not terribly enlightened even for his time. There is a great deal of implied misogyny and a lot of racial stereotypes - and some overt racism - throughout Fleming's work.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 1/13/2014

    " I just finished this one and really liked it. I can't wait to start the next one' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Kaylor | 1/12/2014

    " I loved these when I was in my teens. It's wonder if I reread them now after seeing all the movies if my opinion would change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Solski | 1/11/2014

    " Bond got tame for most of this one... Somehow, being in research and deep cover, makes the agent lose his action... though there is a wind up in this one, and a heart wrenching ending - european style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 1/7/2014

    " Loved this, the books have a sophistication never quite seen in the films, they are smooth and smart. All the familiar cliches are present but its so good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 12/23/2013

    " To this day not only my favourite Bond book but one of my favourite books of all time; taut, exotic, bloody, heartbreaking - just a masterclass in how to write popular fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/6/2013

    " Of all the Bond books, I think I like this one the most. The movie with Sean Connery was great & it blended in my mind perfectly with the book. I guess it's the romantic streak in me that made it so hard hitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 12/3/2013

    " Good descriptive writing, entertaining like the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele Kuhn | 10/8/2013

    " what fun...love JB....love that he marries a lovely yet flawed girl...makes him even more interesting...too bad the movie was dumb "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Kent | 6/20/2013

    " Touching but silly, this is the book in which Bond finally falls in love... while battling Ernst Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B.k. | 4/14/2013

    " Much better than the Movie, but that is really not saying much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vincent Paul | 3/24/2013

    " you just need to read it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wilde Sky | 2/14/2013

    " Another classic spy thriller from Ian Fleming. This book is a compulsive read and one of the very few books I have bought, rather than borrowed from a library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/6/2013

    " Of all the books in the series thus-far, this one feels the most Daniel Craig-esque. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Wilde | 7/23/2012

    " I enjoy that James Bond is not as one dimensional as depicted in movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harish | 6/13/2012

    " Reveals the human side of Bond, the machine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Nielsen | 10/17/2011

    " True Bond is back after "The Spy Who Loved Me" mistake. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrés Morán | 8/19/2011

    " Este es mi favorito de los libros de Fleming. Lo que pasa con Bond es sencillamente espeluznante. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/30/2011

    " One of the better Bond novels, in which Bond seems human and feels real emotions like love and grief. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yourfiendmrjones | 4/24/2011

    " The one that made me cry. "

  • 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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About the Author
Author Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica, in 1952. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.

About the Narrator

David Tennant, Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a Scottish actor who, over twenty years, has starred on stage, screen, television, and radio. In 2008 he played a widely praised Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company but is probably best known for his role as the tenth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, along with the title role in the 2005 television serial Casanova and as Barty Crouch Jr. in the 2005 film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. On stage he has played Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing, as well as the title roles in Hamlet and Richard II.