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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Bond, I've been expecting you ....,
This review is from: The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One (Audio CD)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. As there's no music or sound effects, these readings will succeed or fail on the quality of the stories and reader. Thankfully, the choice of readers is pretty much perfect in each case, and their skillful readings mean that you soon get drawn into the story.
There's no booklet in the boxset, which is a little bit of a shame. It would have been nice to have some background information on the stories.
That apart, this a wonderful collection of the early James Bond novels, at a very decent price.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bond Collection Volume 1: Double O Heaven,
This review is from: The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One (Audio CD)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.
Each individual story is available separately, as are the stories not included here (Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, You Only Live Twice and The Man With The Golden Gun), all read by equally distinguished names. The cost of the box set, at the time of writing, is significantly less than that of collecting them individually, making this a good buy if you want all the stories. Hopefully Volume 2 will be a similarly good value. 5 stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent item. Excellent value,
This review is from: The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One (Audio CD)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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top quality item , great price,
This review is from: The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One (Audio CD)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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have any interest, just buy it, you won't regret it.,
This review is from: The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One (Audio CD)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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Ian Fleming Bond Collection,
This review is from: The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One (Audio CD)The writing is full of wonderful descriptions and the pace of the narrative is perfect. I actually prefer these to the films!
We have a slight issue with the reader of 'Dr No', whose voice is deep, and not always easy to hear in the car.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good,
This review is from: The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One (Audio CD)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
5.0 out of 5 stars 007 - as he was written,
This review is from: The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One (Audio CD)Spys, Double agents and their paymasters, plus Master-Criminals and their Henchmen - beware Bond is on the case.
The plots are some what dated but serve an insight to to the hopes and fears of the UK and the world in the 1950's.
If you are a Bond movie buff, have fun spotting which parts of the plots from the novels have been lifted into the different movie scripts.
The voice cast of current popular stars, plus some past Bond movie actors is a master-stroke.
Looking forward to the Part 2 box-set.
5.0 out of 5 stars revisiting Bond with film hindsight,
This review is from: The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One (Audio CD)It has been a long time since I have read the Bond books, I enjoyed all of these they were well read, and different voices gave Bond's adventures added nuances.Arrived on time and in good condition.
5.0 out of 5 stars pure nostalgia,
This review is from: The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One (Audio CD)The films are almost ubiquitous now that you know every supposed twist and turn of the stories. Going back to the source however yields new and unexpected delights in the little details and the emotional responses of Bond to events. A great Christmas present and sitting listening to the superb readings while on the train makes commuting almost something to look forward to.
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