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For film buffs, the only similarities are the titles. These stories, usually an hour long are nice short reads. As you already know Bond and the support characters there is no need to go back and give us their stories and so the narrative moves along nicely. I found the way Ian Fleming told the story of 'Quantum of Solace' was beautifully done. Samuel West is excellent narrating these stories and didn't skip a beat with any of the characters even the womens voices. I found 'A View to a Kill' a little tripe but the other stories enthralling. Now I am ready to move onto 'Thunderball'.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, Read on and you will know why I love this book.
What did you like best about this story?
Having listened to the previous James Bond stories, I have come to look at Bond in a very different way than the persona portrayed on film. He is not the brash arrogant larger than life character the films put over, even the more recent films try and play this down but not completely. Bond is a man with, as West puts it, a job I would not want to do. The stories in this series though exciting as you would expect, not Quantum this is another level altogether, give a much deeper view of Bond and who he is. As for Quantum this brings James Bond down to earth leaving you in no doubt of who he is.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
It is hard to pick one scene from the stories to highlight, apart from the display of humanity in the last story in the way he relates to the rarity and one of the characters.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Quantum was the most moving story, very different as I have stated not a "normal" Bond story at all, but any fan must listen to this.
Any additional comments?
With out doubt listening to the books as Ian Fleming first published them has been amazing. I have always been a fan of Bond on screen, But so much more now a fan of the real Bond as he was meant to be.
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An intriguing collection of stories. We are shown a Bond at times unfamiliar to us - a character whose complexity - sometimes overshadowed in Fleming's novels by the thrills of the adventure - is allowed to play itself out against the background of some more low-key scenarios which nevertheless retain Fleming's unique power of spinning a good yarn, and his fine eye for character. Samuel West is superb - he creates suspense, excitement, and distinct characters without once raising his voice or slipping from his coolly measured pace. To me, he perfectly mirrored the action of Bond's mind in his reading - the almost slow-motion poise, the dangerous undercurrent, and above all the inherent strangeness of the man. A fine performance.
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