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3.0004835589942 out of 53.0004835589942 out of 53.0004835589942 out of 53.0004835589942 out of 53.0004835589942 out of 5 3.00 (4,136 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Fleming Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: Ian Fleming Ltd. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The James Bond Series Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781481508858
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James Bond seems unable to function after the death of his wife. Determined to restore 007 to the effective agent he used to be, M sends him on a mission to Japan, to the mysterious “Castle of Death” and into the lair of an old and terrifying enemy. For Bond and Blofeld, this will be their final encounter. Only one of them can survive.

This audiobook includes a bonus interview with Martin Jarvis.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fleming has set his stamp on the story of action and intrigue…His proper place in literature is with those demi-giants of an earlier day: Jules Verne, Rider Haggard, Conan Doyle.”

    Kingsley Amis

  • “A sensational imagination, informed by style and zest.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “I can’t think of a bad time or place for listening to any of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels…Any of them will have you driving in circles rather than arrive at your destination.”

    Times (London)

  • “Among the best of the Bond tales.”

    Bookman

  • “Legions of Ian Fleming fans who debate the comparative merits of different portrayers of James Bond have a new contender. Narrator Martin Jarvis is every bit as suave and forceful as any movie actor—better even than Sean Connery because he can play every character. Here, a depressed 007, emotionally undone by the murder of his wife, is sent to Japan to convince the chief of the Japanese secret service to ally himself with England. Jarvis’ acting chops are on full display as Bond’s mood gradually lifts and he alternately charms and battles an international cast, all of whom sound precisely as you hoped they would. This is pure entertainment, perfectly done.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Tillman | 2/9/2014

    " While on vacation in the Orient, British Secret Agent James Bond matches wits with the maniacal Dr. Shatterhand in the doctor's suicide gardens, and meets the luscious Kissy Suzuki. Was Fleming a christian? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Seth Madej | 2/7/2014

    " Ian Fleming showed his authorial skills when he chose You Only Live Twice over his original title, What I Learned On My Trip to Japan. Easily the first two-thirds of this novel consists of James Bond being schooled (almost literally) in the unique details of Japanese culture. That was all probably quite interesting 50 years ago when the average reader of popular British spy thrillers was unfamiliar with ninja, Kobe beef, fugu, and all the other Nipponese oddities that have now become pop culture staples. In 2013, it just makes you wish 007 would hurry up and chop somebody in the throat. Fleming's plot and characters are little more than elbow macaroni hot-glued to his social studies project, and even the most forgiving teacher would've told him to take a Sharpie to fill in the flimsy lines of the Bond-out-for-vengeance theme. Right near the very end, though, Fleming hands us one of his distinctive bits of ghoulish weirdness: a secret garden of suicide, haunted at night by the shadowy dishonored, looking to secretly off themselves by one of hundreds of means laid out for them. The deaths, playing out with a quiet kabuki pantomime, give this novel its only hint of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ade Cox | 1/30/2014

    " I think this is probably my favourite Bond story and funnily enough it's also the movie I most enjoy in the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 João Henrique da Silva | 1/17/2014

    " Nothing like some hard work to keep mind busy and bring new taste to life, especialy after some bad thing as depression or whatever... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Stemple | 1/15/2014

    " True to standard, the book is better than the movie, and if you're a James Bond fan, that's not a bad thing, because the movie is already pretty awesome. I was surprised at how descriptive Fleming is with his scenery and history, really painting a picture of the exotic locations Bond usually ends up in. It's not a read for everyone, but I think it would surprise a few people who wouldn't care for the movie version (starring Sean Connery. Try reading it with him in mind and it is somewhat comical.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/31/2013

    " So much better than the films would lead you to believe. Dark and powerful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 12/28/2013

    " Fun to compare and contrast with Devil May Care. Very enjoyable story. Kissy Suzuki is my new favorite name. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 12/18/2013

    " One of the best of the Fleming Bond novels so far. I have two left. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Webb | 12/3/2013

    " This is quite a bizarre and far fetched book, but worth a read for hardcore Bond fans. For more casual readers, I recommend starting with Casino Royale, Moonraker, or a short stories collection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/24/2013

    " Humanized, faillable Bond with a "Holmes goes over the falls" kind of ending. Interesting take on Japanese culture, post-war relations between Britain, U.S. and Japan, and a creepy villain. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ralynn Wilcock | 11/12/2013

    " bored to tears, highly dissaponinted "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 11/2/2013

    " This book was perfect summer reading. It has ninjas, lots of drinking, and a love interest called Kissy Suzuki. 'Nuf said I'm heading to the pool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 10/27/2013

    " Ending was very off the wall. Why didn't the girl swimmer tell him his real name? Tightening one valve makes the whole castle blow up. Please! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 9/9/2013

    " This book is a real winter warmer. It's worth reading in order to reach the last chapter, in which Kissy Suzuki visits The Happy Shop, to get a nature-provided aphrodisiac and a pillow book - all in order to revive Bond's zeros and seven... *chuckle* "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 2/11/2013

    " Certainly the best of the Bond novels so far. Plunging into the life of post-war, rural, Japan makes for a very interesting twist to the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrés Morán | 2/3/2013

    " El fin de Blofeld y el inicio de una nueva era para Bond. Apasionante. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allen | 8/28/2012

    " Reading 007's obituary, one realizes that Fleming sought not to create a secret agent but a hero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alasdair | 8/22/2012

    " Typical Fleming mix of brilliantly imagined violence and oddball late 1950s stereotyping. Quite enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Treaccar | 8/9/2012

    " Very slow and hard to get through for the first 160 pages. From then on, it's awesome. Great climax. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jered | 3/12/2012

    " About as pulpy as pulp can get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 11/20/2011

    " A great Bond book. Enough said. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vincent Paul | 8/25/2011

    " there's no doubt about it... just read it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 4/4/2011

    " Beter than the movie with a far better bitter sweet ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suby | 3/31/2011

    " This is the first of James Bond books, I believe! Or was it the last? Great, all the same! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timothy | 3/21/2011

    " Very different from the film. A better sequel than the film. Which wasn't a sequel at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrenl | 12/10/2010

    " I think this is the darkest and the best of Fleming's novels. The spy novel meets gothic horror- and a great ending which I won't spoil here! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenson-Francisco | 10/21/2010

    " One of the best Bonds. A true thriller.


    5/5 Stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 7/24/2010

    " original Bond,not particularly pc for today but fun anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alasdair | 7/18/2010

    " Typical Fleming mix of brilliantly imagined violence and oddball late 1950s stereotyping. Quite enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik | 7/13/2010

    " This was likely one of the last of the Bond books I read as a kid and one of those I liked the least. After his death in 1964 others carried on the series, but I never touched those ersatz titles. "

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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

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.