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The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection - Part One [Audiobook, Box set] [Audio CD]

Ian Fleming , Dan Stevens , Rory Kinear , Bill Nighy , Toby Stevens , Damian Lewis , Hugh Quarshie , Hugh Bonneville
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (26 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471310876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471310874
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 14.2 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seven of Ian Fleming's classic James Bond novels read complete and unabridged by a stellar cast of British actors. Including: Casino Royale - Read by Dan Stevens Live and Let Die - Read by Rory Kinnear Moonraker - Read by Bill Nighy Diamonds are Forever - Read by Damian Lewis From Russia with Love - Read by Toby Stephens Dr No - Read by Hugh Quarshie Goldfinger - Read by Hugh Bonneville

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Bond, I've been expecting you .... 20 Oct 2012
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection - Part One packages the complete and unabridged audiobooks of the first seven James Bond novels in a sturdy cardboard slipcase. Details are as follows.

Casino Royale read by Dan Stevens, running time 5 hours.
Live And Let Die read by Rory Kinnear, running time 6 hours 50 mins.
Moonraker read by Bill Nighy, running time 7 hours 25 mins.
Diamonds Are Forever read by Damian Lewis, running time 6 hours 45 mins.
From Russia With Love read by Toby Stephens, running time 8 hours 50 mins.
Dr No read by Hugh Quarshie, running time 7 hours 55 mins.
Goldfinger read by Hugh Bonneville, running time 8 hours 45 mins.

In addition, each audiobook contains an interview with the reader.

This collection contains many of the strongest James Bond novels, with only Diamonds are Forever being somewhat of a disappointment. Diamonds never really engages, as Bond's enemies - a group of American gangsters - are less than impressive, and Bond spends too much of the story on the periphery.

Diamonds apart, it's quality all the way. Casino Royale introduced 007 to the world, and it's a taut tale of gambling and torture. Moonraker is unique in the Fleming canon as Bond remains on British soil for the whole story, tangling with the mad Hugo Drax and his rocket, the Moonraker. From Russia With Love finds Bond targeted by the Russians, and despite Bond not appearing until the story is well underway, it's one of the strongest in the series.

Live And Let Die, Dr No and Goldfinger are all strong stories as well, so there's plenty to enjoy here.

007 Reloaded boasts quality actors reading each book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
This excellent box set collects together unabridged audio readings of the first 7 Bond books by Ian Fleming, in order of publication. Seven separate readers take on these iconic stories and do them full justice.

Casino Royale, 1953, read by Dan Stevens, 4 discs.
Live and Let Die, 1954, read by Rory Kinnear, 6 discs.
Moonraker, 1955, read by Bill Nighy, 6 discs.
Diamonds are Forever, 1956, read by Damien Lewis, 6 discs.
From Russia With Love, 1957, Read By Toby Stevens, 8 discs.
Dr No, 1958, read by Hugh Quarshie, 8 discs.
Goldfinger, 1959, Read by Hugh Bonneville, 8 discs.

Each reader brings a different emphasis to the character of Bond, and all do a superb job. Fleming did a grand job in the writing of using a prose full of vivid imagery, and each reader seems to really relish getting into the meaty passages and does an equally great job of getting teh character and tension across. Especially Hugh Quarshie, he gives a most memorable account of Dr No's assault course. Any faults here are on the part of the writer, not the reader - some of Fleming's attitudes towards ethnic minorities and gay people were very definitely of their time and might shock a modern reader/listener. And very occasionally there is a character who does not work or a plot that seems a little weak, but in general these are extremely well polished books of cracking adventures.

The set has been produced by Fleming's Niece, Lucy Fleming, and I have to say that I think she has done her Uncle proud. It's a brilliant box set, and I hope volume 2 follows shortly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent item. Excellent value 11 Jan 2013
By Chrisas
These are the best audio books I have 'read' since the Stephen Fry Harry Potter books, making every long car journey a joy. Some of the language is very much 'of the time' but this does not particularly detract from a very enjoyable 50+ hours of entertainment. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top quality item , great price 19 April 2013
By Dr Rick
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I'm only part way through listening to this collection but very impressed so far. i'll not list the individual novels as other reviewers have done this much better than I will.

Great names reading the classic Bond novels in full, and exceptionally good value compared to buying the individual CDs.

The packaging is high quality and stylish, the readings are great and the novels are way different to how I remember them from when I read them as a Bond-mad teenager in the 90's. Be warned some are a little dated, a bit racist and a lot sexist so take them in their own context as "of their time".

Top product overall, great value and I'm hoping for a matching Part Two to be out soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By ijape
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I spend about a lot of time in the car every day, as I result I listen to many audiobooks.
This set of Bond books is now going to have to go into the selected set of audiobooks that I have to ration myself on so I don't listen to them too often. That includes hobbit/lord of the rings and the hitch hikers guide to the galaxy radio series. Other good value series include the CS Lewis books, the Stephen Fry Harry Potters and the Illiad and Odyssey, but they don't have the same drug like quality as my faves, which this set now has to go into.
I want to get all the other bond books, but the title of this set teasingly calls itself Part One, so I'm hoping that they release Part Two soon, they have many of the other books available to buy individually, but alas no Part Two as yet.
There are many good audiobooks out there, such as Three Men in a Boat and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, but they only last me a day each. These Bond books are a substantial chunk of top quality entertainment at a price you can't beat, so it's a no brainer.
While some of my faves are there for content rather than presentation, these Bond readings are all absolutely top notch, well dramatised and acted by well known actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscover the original James Bond - great for the commute to work
Books and films present stories in different ways, and it is excellent to rediscover how Ian Fleming originally introduced and developed James Bond. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Phil Loder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product, really quick delivery. Thank you
Published 1 month ago by Loiter7
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Bond
These audio books reveal Ian Flemings iconic hero as the author created him rather than the version portrayed in film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JDS
5.0 out of 5 stars James bond as he should be
I read all the books 50 years ago in my teens and these audio books bring all the original stories back to mind. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ken bryning
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Each of the respective readers are superb, making this a work of art independent of the original novels written by Ian Fleming. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Charles Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars Mum's best xmas present ever!
Bought this for my elderly, blind mother (who loves James Bond) as an Xmas present. She absolutely loved it and hasn't stopped talking about it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Manxie
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond,James Bond
Firstly have to say these James Bond books on cd are a real treat for any Bond fan and with some quality readings by some top actors. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ryan aylott
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Love the unabridged stories , great to listen to in the car, favourite so far is Bill Nighy reading. Parcel arrived well packaged and on time
Published 11 months ago by Jan
4.0 out of 5 stars Ian Fleming Bond Collection
The writing is full of wonderful descriptions and the pace of the narrative is perfect. I actually prefer these to the films! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Thelma A. Cliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Both my boys enjoyed listening to these stories being read, in fact they have listened to them several times each.Well worth purchasing and would recommend
Published 15 months ago by paul66
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