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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,135 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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Is this the end for Agent 007?

Bond, a shattered man after the death of his wife at the hands of SPECTRE founder Ernst Stavro Blofeld, has gone to pieces as an agent, endangering himself and his fellow operatives. M, unwilling to accept the loss of one of his best men, sends 007 to Japan for one last, near-impossible mission with the hopes of bolstering his spirits. But Japan proves to be Bond’s downfall, leading him to a mysterious residence known as the “Castle of Death,” where he encounters an old enemy revitalized. All the omens suggest that this is the end for the British agent and, for once, Bond himself seems unable to disagree.

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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)

  • “[Simon Vance] carries the exact measure of British inflection while delivering the famous Bond ‘off-the-cuff’ humor…[Vance] IS James Bond.”


  • “Among the best of the Bond tales.”


  • “Masterly storytelling, marvelous, almost fiendish ingenuity of plot.”

    Books and Bookmen

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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... "

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