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by Ian Fleming (Author), David Tennant (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 5 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: AudioGO Ltd
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 31 Aug 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097BMWFO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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In his Alpine base, Blofeld is developing biological weapons that will devastate Britain. Unaware of the danger, James Bond is about to get married to Teresa di Vicenzo, the daughter of a Corsican Mafioso. But then he is sent to Switzerland. Bond's marriage and Blofeld's schemes disintegrate in a blizzard of gunfire and high explosive from which neither man emerges the victor. Includes an exclusive bonus interview with David Tennant.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond - human being 2 Jan 2003
Format:Paperback
If you are used to the James Bond of the movies- this James Bond may come as a bit of a surprise - We see him as a bored bureaucrat on a thankless job, as a bit of a snob, as a hothead turned on by a woman overtaking him, as a loner trying to come to terms with - perish forbid - matrimony!
We follow him as he impersonates a Scottish peer, trying to act as a heraldry expert- We see him struggle to maintain his cover when a colleague is killed in front of him -We also see him meet Sable Basilisk and Griffon Orr Pursuivant, and discover his family motto - "the world is not enough" -
and his crest(3 bezants (balls)-"I am sure that is a valuable bonus")
We meet his prospective father in law, an uncommon criminal with the name of an angel - we follow him through his bloody and desperate ski ride through the Swiss alps- and we are there with him at the end of the book - where Bond takes the girl in his arms and says that they have all the time in the world.
Its not a book with a clean ending - its more like a significant chapter of the James Bond file - The most devastating personally - but as far as saving the world or Britain is concerned, the operation is done "offscreen" so to speak.
And the ending is surely one of the best of all thriller endings.
Riveting stuff- the most gadgety movie can't come near this stuff.
They dont make books or heroes like that anymore...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Unknown Binding
On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Ian Fleming - Happy Christmas Mr Bond...

OHMSS is the eleventh appearance in print (counting the short story collection of For Your Eyes Only as one entry) for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Originally published in 1963 it finds our hero disillusioned with life in the secret service after a year on the trail of the probably dead Blofeld after the events of Thunderball. On the point of resigning, a chance encounter with a girl with the sort of problems that even Bond finds difficult to deal with changes both of their lives. Soon Bond is on the scent of Blofeld, tracking him down through means as varied as Corsican gangsters and the Royal College of Arms. And along the way Bond falls prey to that which he had always feared, committing an act seemingly out of character that leads to the gripping and numbing finale, with an ending even bleaker than that of Casino Royale.

This has all of Fleming's trademarks, all the qualities that made almost all of his Bond stories great reads. From the off there is a feeling of danger for Bond, either as he and Tracy are kidnapped in the opening pages, or when he is working undercover, with the threat of discovery always in the background, through to big final battle. The action scenes, especially Bond's frantic ski chase, are written with verve and vigour, and leave the reader breathless with excitement. There is character development for Bond - it is interesting to observe him becoming emotionally involved with someone for the first time, as Tracy breaks down the walls surrounding his heart. There are great descriptive passages, one can almost taste the salt in the air when Bond os on the beach, or feel the cold and see the icy snow spraying up as he is chased through the Alps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
OHMSS is the eleventh appearance in print (counting the short story collection of For Your Eyes Only as one entry) for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Originally published in 1963 it finds our hero disillusioned with life in the secret service after a year on the trail of the probably dead Blofeld after the events of Thunderball. On the point of resigning, a chance encounter with a girl with the sort of problems that even Bond finds difficult to deal with changes both of their lives. Soon Bond is on the scent of Blofeld, tracking him down through means as varied as Corsican gangsters and the Royal College of Arms. And along the way Bond falls prey to that which he had always feared, committing an act seemingly out of character that leads to the gripping and numbing finale, with an ending even bleaker than that of Casino Royale.

This has all of Fleming's trademarks, all the qualities that made almost all of his Bond stories great reads. From the off there is a feeling of danger for Bond, either as he and Tracy are kidnapped in the opening pages, or when he is working undercover, with the threat of discovery always in the background, through to big final battle. The action scenes, especially Bond's frantic ski chase, are written with verve and vigour, and leave the reader breathless with excitement. There is character development for Bond - it is interesting to observe him becoming emotionally involved with someone for the first time, as Tracy breaks down the walls surrounding his heart. There are great descriptive passages, one can almost taste the salt in the air when Bond os on the beach, or feel the cold and see the icy snow spraying up as he is chased through the Alps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST bond book ever 5 Aug 2000
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Format:Paperback
Ian Fleming shows a completely different side of his cult star James bond in OHMSS, Bond appears caring and this develops his character brilliantly, and his marriage is one of the best aspects of any bond book, the book is funny and also tragic, but we all knew it would end that way
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond at his best
This really is the real Bond. I would love to see this one re filmed, more like the book, with Daniel Craig. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Dee-Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what we wanted!
My husband travels regularly to London and beyond - audio books are perfect for him during the journey - and he is a Bond fan which makes this series of titles perfect :)
Published 3 months ago by Ms. A. Heywood
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book!
Once again a great 007 novel from Fleming! An interesting and new plot created against the British from Fleming provides suspense, excitement and ends with a cliff hanger which... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Matthew Plummer
5.0 out of 5 stars On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Ian Fleming, paperback, 2009.
James Bond 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' by Ian Fleming, paperback 2009 edition with beautiful cover artwork by Michael Gillette. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Adam Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars As we would have expected you, Mr Bond.....
It's pretty easy to spot the faults in Ian Fleming's novels and at times, the writing can be pretty poor with the author having a propensity to used exclaimation marks at the end... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ian Thumwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond
Very good as always. Always sad though. The forward is very good by Stella Remington. It sets a very good scene
Published 10 months ago by mr s jones
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good
I've never read Ian Fleming before, so this was an eye-opener; the movies don't stray far from the books. Read more
Published 11 months ago by W. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Bond
I got this to drive up to scotland. And I just put it in and that was me taken away to the life of James Bond. Tenent reads it perfectly. And I have played it now more than once. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Hawk
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Bond stories, brilliantly narrated
David Tennant is a good choice for this, one of the best of all Bond stories. Not only does Bond have to spend a good portion of the novel impersonating a Scottish aristocrat, but... Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Rekindled my love for James Bond
I read the James Bond books when I was a teenager. I watched the films over the decades and eventually got disillusioned as they seemed to have become nothing but excuses for... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rosie
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