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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781471309403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471309403
  • ASIN: 1471309401
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.4 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Fleming was born in 1908 and educated at Eton. After a brief period at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, he went abroad to further his education. In 1931, having failed to get an appointment in the Foreign Office, he joined Reuters News Agency. During the Second World War, he was personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence at the Admiralty, rising to the rank of Commander. His wartime experiences provided him with a first-hand knowledge of secret operations.

After the war he became Foreign Manager of Kemsley Newspapers. He built his house, Goldeneye, in Jamaica and there at the age of forty-four he wrote Casino Royale, the first of his novels featuring Commander James Bond. By the time of his death in 1964, the James Bond adventures had sold more than forty million copies. Dr No, starring Sean Connery, was released in 1962 and the Bond films continue to be huge international successes. He is also the author of the magical children's book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The novels of Ian Fleming were immediately recognised as classic thrillers by his contemporaries Kingsley Amis, Raymond Chandler and John Betjeman. With the invention of James Bond, Ian Fleming created the greatest British fictional icon of the late twentieth century.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2012
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If your only experience of James Bond has come via the big screen, then Ian Fleming's original creation may come as something of a revelation. Gone are all traces of the debonair, suave and entirely self-assured silver screen version of 007; Fleming's version of the character is altogether more fallible, often haunted by self-doubt and is generally much more of a misfit in the world. Fleming's version is more nuanced than you'll find portrayed in the films: whilst never comfortable when it comes to killing anyone, Fleming's Bond is nevertheless far more brutal and violent than his screen incarnation should the need arise. There is also no snobbery about him, either; rather the exact opposite, as he often finds himself with greater of admiration for and with more in common with the men he is sent after than for those whom he serves. And while driven by a deep sense of honour and of chivalry, he is, if anything, even more sexist, misogynistic and homophobic than his silver screen alter ego.

Although "Dr. No" was the first Bond story to appear in the cinema (1962), it is in fact the sixth of the Bond novels, dating from 1958. Its action follows hard on the heels of "From Russia, with Love", in which Bond only narrowly escaped death by poisoning. At the beginning of this story he is still recuperating somewhat from that earlier ordeal and he is assigned the job which eventually leads him to tangle with the eponymous villain of this piece -- another encounter from which he emerges badly scathed -- almost as a holiday assignment in the sun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2012
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Everything about Dr.No shows Bond in top form & Fleming writing at his best.
The introduction, set in a damp & miserable London, with a curmudgeonly M showing his dislike for just about the whole human race & hoping to punish Bond for a costly mistake by sending him off on a 'soft' mission in Jamaica.
Once there the disappearance of a government agent & his secretary prove to be the beginning of a classic Bond tale.
Jamaica is described in sweltering detail & Bond meets up with a great ally in Quarrell, a man of much wit & intelligence who knows his way around a fight. They eventually meet perhaps Bonds best known female character in Miss Honeychile Ryder. A million miles from Ursula Andress' looming Scandinavian beauty the original is far more a local, more fragile & has a deep & moving backstory. A rare depth in female characterisation for Fleming that avoids the usual cliche & throwaway sensibility. Even Bond is rendered a more civilised beast by her. The combination of Ryder & Quarrell goes a long way to the extra depth & enjoyment to be had in Dr.No.
Another great addition in this release is the reading. For a minute or two I had my doubts about Quarshie's reading but he soon grabs hold of things and gives a masterful reading.
His depth of emotion & descriptive reading are amongst the best I have heard in this series so far. His M is wonderfully clipped & grumpy with a real sense that he is out of touch & fading. Bond appears thoughtful & unlike his usual cocky self.
But if the narrative is good then the characterisation is easily the best of all the readings so far. The West Indian accents are so good and before long everyone is easily distinguishable due to the wide variety in voices.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Oct. 2012
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Dr No is the sixth appearance in print for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Originally published in 1958 it is very much of it's time in certain attitudes and the dangers facing the world, but it is a ripping yarn that holds up well still today.

Following the near fatal events of `From Russia With Love', and Bond's extended convalescence, he is sent by M to Jamaica on what should be an easy case to ease Bond back into the groove. A relaxing holiday in the sun as M puts it. Two operatives, the local station chief and his secretary, have mysteriously disappeared. Bond is sent to find out what happened to them, and to look into the sudden reduction in numbers of a rare bird, the roseate spoonbill, on nearby Crab Key. What looks like a simple matter, well below his abilities, quickly turns into something more sinister, and eventually leads Bond into a struggle that pushes him right to the limits of his physical and mental endurance. Every step of the way is a trial for Bond, and from the moment he sets foot in Jamaica he has to be on the top of his game to avoid ending up dead, and to protect those around him.

It's a thrilling book, and once again Fleming writes with bags of atmosphere. You can picture the syrupy glow of the sun in Jamaica, hear the birds in the trees, feel every ounce of terror and pain inflicted on the characters. There are several bravura sequences, which are totally and utterly gripping; Bond's encounter with a deadly centipede, and his fight for survival in Dr No's lair are nailbiting and exhausting examples. Added to which is Fleming's ability to relate mundane matters in an interesting way - the guano industry is central to the book, and Fleming makes his essential description of this most uninteresting sounding subject both informative and enthralling.
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