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Ian Fleming , Martin Jarvis
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6 Sep 2012
A reissue of the James Bond novel, with an introduction by Anthony Burgess. When Ernst Stavro Blofeld murders Bond's wife the British agent goes to pieces. Before he goes under completely, M is persuaded to give him one last chance and sends him to Japan.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (6 Sep 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1471309681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471309687
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 13.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,461 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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Instructive and entertaining (Cyril Connolly ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps my favourite Bond 1 Jun 2008
By Nicholas J. R. Dougan VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the second of Ian Fleming's novels that I have re-read before reading "Devil May Care", the latest Bond Novel, by Sebastian Faulks under licence from the Fleming Estate.

It is, I think, my favourite Bond. Bond goes to Japan on a mission to help restore his self confidence after the death of his bride at the end of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and a couple of bungled missions thereafter. He has been stripped of his "double - 0" number but allocated a "diplomatic" one - 7777 - instead. He comes up first against Tiger Tanaka, head of the Japanese secret service and then, in an attempt to prove to Tiger that the British are a race still to be respected, against a mysterious botanist who turns out to be none other than his old enemy, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The scenario - a garden designed to entice hundreds of suicidal Japanese to their deaths - is perhaps the most fantastical of all Flemings' plots.

Tiger provides Fleming with a mouthpiece to express his angst about contemporary British society and its place in the world: "Bondo-san, I will now be blunt with you...it is a sad fact that I, and many of us in positions of authority in Japan, have formed an unsatisfactory opinion about the British people since the war. You have not only lost a great Empire, you have seemed almost anxious to throw it away with both hands...when you apparently sought to arrest this slide into impotence at Suez, you succeeded only in stage-managing one of the most pitiful bungles in history. (Tiger's English is impeccable - he went to Oxford, and spied against Britain, before the war!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps my favourite Bond 1 Jun 2008
By Nicholas J. R. Dougan VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is the second of Ian Fleming's novels that I have re-read before reading "Devil May Care", the latest Bond Novel, by Sebastian Faulks under licence from the Fleming Estate.

It is, I think, my favourite Bond. Bond goes to Japan on a mission to help restore his self confidence after the death of his bride at the end of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and a couple of bungled missions thereafter. He has been stripped of his "double - 0" number but allocated a "diplomatic" one - 7777 - instead. He comes up first against Tiger Tanaka, head of the Japanese secret service and then, in an attempt to prove to Tiger that the British are a race still to be respected, against a mysterious botanist who turns out to be none other than his old enemy, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The scenario - a garden designed to entice hundreds of suicidal Japanese to their deaths - is perhaps the most fantastical of all Flemings' plots.

Tiger provides Fleming with a mouthpiece to express his angst about contemporary British society and its place in the world: "Bondo-san, I will now be blunt with you...it is a sad fact that I, and many of us in positions of authority in Japan, have formed an unsatisfactory opinion about the British people since the war. You have not only lost a great Empire, you have seemed almost anxious to throw it away with both hands...when you apparently sought to arrest this slide into impotence at Suez, you succeeded only in stage-managing one of the most pitiful bungles in history. (Tiger's English is impeccable - he went to Oxford, and spied against Britain, before the war!
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Contains plot spoilers.

First published in 1964, this is the twelfth print outing (eleventh full length novel) for Ian Fleming's James Bond. It was the last of the Bond series published in Fleming's life time.

Following the calamitous events at the end of `On Her Majesty's Secret Service', Bond is a wreck. He is drinking too much, he is gambling and losing too much, and even worse he is making mistakes on assignments that are putting lives at risk. M is on the verge of firing him from the service, but is persuaded by an eminent psychologist to give Bond one last chance, with an assignment so tough that it might shake Bond up and bring the old, dedicated and dangerous agent back to life. M sends him on a seemingly impossible mission to Japan, not to kill or investigate anything, but to schmooze the chief of Japanese intelligence into letting the British have access to a solid gold intelligence source they have in Russia. Bond is indeed shaken up and the assignment proves to be a tough one as he uses all his wits and judgement to get Tiger Tanaka on side. He gains the trust of the Japanese intelligence man, who agrees to hand over the intelligence, but at a price. He needs a deniable operative to perform an assassination, and it seems as though Bond fits the bill. One murder by Bond and the British can have all the access it wants. So Bond undergoes a transformation into a Japanese coal miner and is sent off to slay the mysterious Dr. Shatterhand in his garden of death. But it turns out that as well as the opportunity to fulfil his mission, Bond also has the opportunity for a personal revenge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ian fleming cant fail
as ever, well produced by the bbc, well read, and for lovers of ian fleming, and audio books, very well worth the money, i enjoyed it enormously. Read more
Published 7 months ago by currer bell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fleming masterpiece
Quite a lot of Fleming's 007 book have received high praise but YOLT is the best I have read yet! Brilliantly continued on from OHMSS with surprises and action throughout with... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matthew Plummer
5.0 out of 5 stars Flemings Best
I haven't looked at the films the same since reading the books Bond is more than just a man with a gun in this one
Published 8 months ago by weatherwax
3.0 out of 5 stars You Only Live Twice: Ian Fleming - Bondosan slays it with flowers
Contains plot spoilers.

First published in 1964, this is the twelfth print outing (eleventh full length novel) for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Victor
4.0 out of 5 stars You Only Live Twice: Ian Fleming, unabridged reading by Martin Jarvis...
Contains plot spoilers.

First published in 1964, this is the twelfth print outing (eleventh full length novel) for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Victor
4.0 out of 5 stars A different but fascinating era!
If you are expecting the films don't bother, but as a story with a bit of grit in an un-PC world enjoy!
Published 9 months ago by G. Claridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fleming, perfectly read
Martin Jarvis has done a wonderful reading of this classic James Bond novel. The characters all spring to life, the excitement is infectious and the action never flags. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. W. Platt
3.0 out of 5 stars Martin Jarvis does it again
Not a great lover of James Bond, either on film or in book form, I went for this purely because Martin Jarvis is the reader. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Robert G Fray
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
One of my favourite Bond stories, much better than the film of the same name. Very smart binding, good addition to my collection.
Published 13 months ago by M. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bond
James Bond before the gadgets and the technology. Yes - it's a bit dated and probably an alien world to the young, no mobile phones or internet - computers the size of a small... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Martin
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