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2.99835796387521 out of 52.99835796387521 out of 52.99835796387521 out of 52.99835796387521 out of 52.99835796387521 out of 5 3.00 (1,218 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: September 2008 ISBN: 9781455193615
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Bringing together all of the James Bond short stories in one volume for the first time, this is the ultimate celebration of suave and deadly secret agent 007. Whether he’s making an unexpected discovery in the Bahamas, hunting down a Cuban hit man in wild country, smashing an international drug ring in Rome, or on the trail of a murderous assassin in Berlin’s sniper alley, dangerous missions and beautiful women come with the job for James Bond. And this agent is always a consummate professional.

Many of Ian Fleming’s short stories have inspired the extremely successful James Bond films, and included in this collection are “From a View to a Kill,” “For Your Eyes Only,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Risico,” “The Hildebrand Rarity,” “Octopussy,” “The Property of a Lady,” “The Living Daylights,” and “007 in New York.”

This collection’s title story, “Quantum of Solace,” lends its name to the 2008 James Bond film starring Daniel Craig.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Urban savagery…smooth tale spinning.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “Mr. Fleming’s licensed assassin is in good form…Few men can have been able to mix business with pleasure so successfully as Bond.” 

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “This complete collection of 007 stories is made especially captivating by the talents of Simon Vance, whose cool, subdued and slightly removed narration is spot on, recalling Sean Connery’s interpretation of the role. So arresting is Vance’s performance that…his telling of the riveting tales come through as keenly as a well-aimed shot from a Walther PPK.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Master criminals, beautiful damsels in distress, and plenty of action—essentially everything fans have come to associate with 007…Fun reads—great beach books—and the character is still immensely popular on screen, so these are well worth having.”

    Library Journal

  • “Admirers of Bond will find him in top form.”

    Listener

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Layton | 2/16/2014

    " I was looking for a diversion from my regular books. This did the trick. Kind of fun and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/12/2014

    " Again, a neat view at Bond. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 2/3/2014

    " It is interesting to see the correlation between the short stories and the films, mostly the Moore/Bond films. How For Your Eyes Only is the combination of three stories where Octopussy, Quantum of Solace and A View to A Kill share little more than titles. The shorter works are largely exposition with glimpses of typical Fleming/Bond action. A curio for fans such as myself, but at times a bit lacking in substance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/1/2014

    " A collection of all the James Bond short stories...no James Bond collection is complete without it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Medley | 12/29/2013

    " There's nothing like a good spy novel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 12/26/2013

    " Fleming is 001 for short stories. Brilliant stuff. "

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

    " The stories waver between three and four stars...he's obviously working some things out. I must say that my appreciation for the title of the collection, and consequently the recent movie, was increased ten-fold by reading the fantastic short story so named! And so begins my decent in to all things Bond! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicolas | 11/17/2013

    " A book of 007 short stories. Some of the stories were as good as the full length novels, others had little to nothing to do with Bond. It was like Ian Flemming had a story in mind so he would write it and at the last minute insert JB. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Kurtz | 10/5/2013

    " This collection of Bond stories was great. Fleming is a much easier read in these short bursts, and it was interesting to see how these short stories were adapted into longer films. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Fantry | 8/26/2013

    " A perfect place to dip your toes into "The Bond Mythos". A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 4/23/2013

    " I thought these short stories were fun to read. Not the typical 007 high speed chase, death defying danger, etc. Bond at a more relaxed pace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 7/30/2012

    " Ups and downs. Each story had a different feel, I appreciated the effort but I personally prefer the Bond novels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bob | 1/20/2012

    " Thought I was buying Quantum of Solace with short stories. This is a collection of scenes. Just enough to start enjoying it, then it was over. This was worthless to me. This product does more to destroy the ecology, because it is not good to listen to and bad for the landfill because that is where the product belongs. wasted my money! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ShadowTalon | 8/9/2011

    " Thrilling, seductive, passionate, exciting, and just plain awesome. James Bond is the best, and will always be the best, spy of all time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ayrdaomei | 7/8/2011

    " Starts strong (From A View To Kill, For Your Eyes Only, Quantum of Solace, Risico, The Hildenbrand Rarity) and rather fizzles out through the last few stories. I'd only recommend this collection to a James Bond completist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 12/22/2010

    " Nothing like the movie, Quantum of Solace is only a 25 page short story, so no preal premise for the movie... but still a fun read. The other short stories are fun... also "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brit | 12/7/2010

    " I was a bit confused when I picked up this book - I didn't realise it was a book of short stories at first and when I got to the end of the first story I was disappointed. But then, once I'd realised, I quite enjoyed the stories. Fleming is a great author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S. | 10/5/2010

    " I'd never read Ian Fleming before, and this was a fun introduction to his work. For some reason (maybe due to the title), I pictured Roger Moore as Bond in all of the stories. This collection was entertaining enough that I'll probably pickup a James Bond novel or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 6/28/2010

    " Clever, well-expressed short stories. Fast-paced. Classic Bond. Last story - The Hildebrand Rarity - especially worthwhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darryl | 1/31/2010

    " interesting how Ian Flemming's stories are totally different from the Bond movies, but necessarily in a bad way. this book not only includes For Your Eyes Only, but other short stories, such as A View to a Kill and Quantum of Solace. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 1/9/2010

    " I just don't think Fleming is a very good writer. He's one of those whose books are better as films. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 10/9/2009

    " A couple of movies are based in these short stories, including Octopussy. Easy reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Weavx4 | 7/20/2009

    " 007 in his original form. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roberto | 7/1/2009

    " A mixed bag of stories, "Quantum of Solace" being the best of the five, and that, nothwithstanding Bond not playing any role in it other than that of a willing listener. "Risico" and "The Hildebrand Rarity" are OK. "

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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

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.