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


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (26 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471310876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471310874
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 14 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,664 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 By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Oct 2012
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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 FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Nov 2012
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chrisas on 11 Jan 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr Rick on 19 April 2013
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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 JDS on 19 Jun 2014
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These audio books reveal Ian Flemings iconic hero as the author created him rather than the version portrayed in film. This original Bond is a civil servant, reading memos in his office and eating in the firm's canteen. But when he is given an assignment, Bond's powerful individuality emerges and the action begins. We follow the action in familiar set pieces, where the readings reveal Bond's thinking, his planning, hopes, fears and mistakes.
Although each audio book has a different reader, it is easy to adjust to another voice. The quality is high, with familiar voices including Bill Nighy, Rory Kinnear, Hugh Bonneville and Damien Lewis.
This audio series will be enjoyed by both fans and listeners who would like to enjoy the original James Bond.
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