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5.0 out of 5 stars Bond by a Bond girl, 21 Nov 2012
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P. J. Salisbury (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Spy Who Loved Me (Audio CD)
From hearing the first words read by Rosamund Pike, I knew I could be nothing but delighted with this CD set. Her voice is deliciously deep, resonant, and of course beautifully feminine.

I already owned Casino Royal read by Dan Stevens, and Diamonds Are Forever read by Daimian Lewis in the same 007 Reloaded series from AudioGo, so it was an obvious choice to buy this one read by the actress who had played Miranda Frost in the film Die Another Day.

The film The Spy Who Loved Me bears no relation to the book, other than the title. Rather than beginning with Bond, this original story starts with a fascinating depiction of a young Canadian woman's recent experiences in London and the road trip she takes across America. This leads her to the Dreamy Pines Motor Court and into the clutches of two extremely sinister gangsters. Fleming treats us to the girl's intimate thoughts and feelings, and provides a fascinating depiction of American motels in the fifties. A thrilling story: exciting, sensuous and full of danger.

I enjoyed Ms Pike's reading much more than the other stories in this series read by male actors. She plays all the characters with skill and variety. Ms Pike is very accomplished and reads with great feeling and panache. Her comments at the end of the recording on her personal response to the story are both insightful and reflective.

Worth every penny - the best of Bond on CD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to listen to, 4 Sep 2013
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J.R.Hartley (Sadly not in Portmeirion) - See all my reviews
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Never having read the original Bond stories, I came to these CDs knowing that they would undoubtedly be different to the film versions. And boy, was I proved right.

Some stories are by and large the same as you know on screen. This, however, is totally different. For a start, much of the story is told from the protagonist's perspective and Bond doesn't appear until around half way through. In reality, this bears zero resemblance to the film version, so if that's all you know then this is a brand new Bond story, which is great.

Rosamund Pike reads the tale in a gorgeous accent and you learn about how her life and travels bring her to a not-so-sleepy motel in the middle of America. Don't expect Roger Moore either. This is Bond the hard man, a WWII veteran, killer and no taker of any nonsense.

Is there a downside? Well in retrospect the gangsters do seem horribly cliched stereotypical 50s hoods. Then again, when this was written, for all I know it could be very accurate. The abiding memory I hold is Rosamund Pike's honeyed delivery. Lovely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 007 Mission Completed, 18 Jan 2014
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Having managed to get hold of all the previous cd books in this collection (13/14) i was extreamly happy to finaly track down number 14 The Spy Who Loved Me.For some reason this was the only one that was very hard to come across and though 2nd hand it arrived in mint condition within a couple of days and at a bargain price around 11 including postage.Would highly reccomend seller.
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