• Ian Fleming

  • The Man Behind James Bond
  • By: Andrew Lycett
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 04-14-00
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, spy, this suave Old Etonian creator of the Cold War's archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complicated and interesting than his major fictional character, Agent 007. Fleming's wide-ranging and exciting life inevitably provided the plausible backdrop for the Bond novels, and while his temperamental, sometimes violent nature got him into difficulties as a young man, the second World War was the making of him. Highly regarded in British naval intelligence for his international contacts, he master-minded numerous top secret operations, including "Golden Eye," which is uncovered here for the first time. His role in shaping prototype CIA is also fully detailed.
©1995 Andrew Lycett (P)1997 Blackstone Audiobooks
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3 out of 5 stars
By Melissa on 12-29-08

Great book, unlistenable audiobook

This biography of Fleming is a well written and well read book, but the audio production quality is very poor. Often the loudness of the reading drops suddenly, causing you to have to turn up the volume and be deafened when the normal loudness returns, or the treble drops out and you're left trying hard to understand what little you can make out from the bass.

Pass on this book.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Jt on 12-03-07

Awful quality

The book itself seems OK, and the narrator seems qualified, but when you can hear a narrator swallowing, coughing, turning pages, and when the sound level jumps on its own accord, its horrible for the listener.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 10-18-07

Reasonable Biography Spoiled by the Production

This would have made a readable if somewhat uncritical biography, unfortunately the production values of the recording let it down very badly. It sounds like it's been recorded at a dozen different studios, friends flats and kitchen tables. At one point the sound was so bad I had to pull over my car to adjust the tone on my iPod and stereo to make it bearable to listen to. I'm not such a fussy listener but this was truly bad

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Tracey on 08-19-07

Shaken and definitely stirred!

Thoroughly researched this is a must for any Bond enthusiast.
His entire life story is told 'warts and all' by a narrator with a suitably clipped English accent. Not being a James Bond fan myself I found this biography a bit lengthy and too indepth. On the other hand I was fascinated by Ian Fleming's life which was anything but normal.
Definitely worth a listen if you enjoy biographies.

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