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3.00045433893685 out of 53.00045433893685 out of 53.00045433893685 out of 53.00045433893685 out of 53.00045433893685 out of 5 3.00 (4,402 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Fleming Narrator: Jason Isaacs Publisher: Ian Fleming Ltd. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The James Bond Series Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781481508803
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Ernst Stavro Blofeld, leader of the terrorist organization SPECTRE, has hijacked an American plane loaded with atomic weapons. Unless his demands are met, he will destroy one of the world’s major cities. With only one week to locate the missing bombs, James Bond goes to the Bahamas, where he encounters Blofeld’s right-hand man, Emilio Largo, and his mistress, Domino. With time running out, Bond learns that sharks are not the only killers in the Caribbean Sea.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bond is what every man would like to be and what every woman would like to have between her sheets.”

    Raymond Chandler

  • Thunderball is a terrific book…Extremely moody and dark in tone, and full of dynamic action.”

    Raymond Benson, author of High Time to Kill

  • “If you wish to steal atom bombs, this is how you must do it! Fleming’s mastery of detail enables the reader to suspend disbelief.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/31/2014

    " As with all of the James Bond stories, it is rife with racism and sexism, and barely resembles the movie of the same name. If you can get past all that, it's a quick, exciting page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Greil | 1/27/2014

    " A fun read. Inspires you to want to move to the Caribbean "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Guinnessy | 1/25/2014

    " So far this has been one of the better Bond books. Good plot, more realistic characters (although Fleming does wander off giving pointless details at the time). Fairly fast pace too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach | 12/24/2013

    " "Thunderball" was another of the James Bond books that had big shoes to fill. It basically had the same plot of the cinematic adventure(s), but it came up lacking in characterization; I was particularly disappointed with the characterizations of the story's villain and love interest. It adds insult to injury that these were two aspects that they really knocked out of the ballpark with the original cinematic adventure. Also, Fleming's prose is becoming a little harder to follow at parts, specifically the introduction of Blofeld, Domino's infatuation with the "Hero," and Bond's tussle with Largo in the story's climax. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 12/7/2013

    " the plot didn't have any major twists but still pretty good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monte Lamb | 12/4/2013

    " Terrific book and fun to read. 007 is just as cool in print as on the screen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martyn | 11/19/2013

    " Not my favorite Bond movie (either version) and not my favorite novel either. Fortunately Fleming's average beats most other thriller writers at their best and this book is still entertaining enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolin | 11/6/2013

    " Bond in rehab? Bond in the ocean? Bond with a girl? What more could you ask for. A light and okay read, ideal for holidays and such. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 9/1/2013

    " Interestingly wacky (it begins pretty much in a health spa), and a compelling read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 8/24/2013

    " In some ways the books are better than movies even though they dated now "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D.J. | 4/16/2013

    " I gave it three stars, but it's a low three for a couple of glaring continuity errors (I have to wonder who was editing this), and the fact that the opening sequence (while amusing) had almost no relevance at all to the book as a whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/22/2013

    " read it when i was about 15 loved it makes me think of summer holidays "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ltlmer2 | 11/10/2012

    " Being a Bond film fan, I found the book a little slow to get going and dry. Overall I enjoyed it,but it really helped to have the film in my mind already. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eyehavenofilter | 9/8/2011

    " I was a rabid Bond fan so I loved all this books. They followed a terrific recipe, and we're written by Flemming, who loved to tease his readers with sex,big busted women, spies, inuendo, alcohol, and guns. What more could you possibly ask for. I have no idea... Maybe chocolate? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary Shapiro | 8/30/2011

    " I am working my way through all of Ian Fleming's 007 novels. They are very good. None of the films are anywhere near as entertaining.This one begins with a very funny situation. 007 becomes a health food nut. Each Bond novel is better than the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noah Soudrette | 7/12/2011

    " A tight little Bond thriller, notable for the introduction of SPECTRE and Blowfeld. Has a great villain and Bond girl, plus some Felix Leiter action. The second best of the Blofeld trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 funkgoddess | 6/23/2011

    " probably the most 'james bond' james bond book i've read so far. more action, less character. although james is still delicious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/3/2011

    " Somewhat clunky in places as Fleming lovingly describes the Disco Volante in exhaustive nautical detail, which bogs down the story somewhat. That said, I'm always glad to see Felix Leiter and his scandalously (well, for the 1960s) salty talk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xoán Vázquez Del Pozo | 4/23/2011

    " An ok story if you can ignore the amount of luck M and Bond have in this novel, as with all Bond novels definitely picks up at the end. Much better than For Your Eyes Only. "

  • 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

Jason Isaacs is a BAFTA, Emmy, and Golden Globe–nominated actor. His film work includes playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, Colonel Tavington in The Patriot, Captain Hook and Mr. Darling in Peter Pan, as well as starring in the war movies Black Hawk Down and Green Zone. On TV his credits include Jackson Brodie in Case Histories, Sir Mark Brydon in The State Within, Michael Caffee in Brotherhood, and Michael Britten in Awake. He is currently filming the action-adventure event series Dig for USA Network from the minds behind Heroes and Homeland, to premiere in late 2014.