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A strong contender for best Bond story,
This review is from: Dr No (Audio CD)
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Everything about Dr.No shows Bond in top form & Fleming writing at his best.
The introduction, set in a damp & miserable London, with a curmudgeonly M showing his dislike for just about the whole human race & hoping to punish Bond for a costly mistake by sending him off on a 'soft' mission in Jamaica.
Once there the disappearance of a government agent & his secretary prove to be the beginning of a classic Bond tale.
Jamaica is described in sweltering detail & Bond meets up with a great ally in Quarrell, a man of much wit & intelligence who knows his way around a fight. They eventually meet perhaps Bonds best known female character in Miss Honeychile Ryder. A million miles from Ursula Andress' looming Scandinavian beauty the original is far more a local, more fragile & has a deep & moving backstory. A rare depth in female characterisation for Fleming that avoids the usual cliche & throwaway sensibility. Even Bond is rendered a more civilised beast by her. The combination of Ryder & Quarrell goes a long way to the extra depth & enjoyment to be had in Dr.No.
Another great addition in this release is the reading. For a minute or two I had my doubts about Quarshie's reading but he soon grabs hold of things and gives a masterful reading.
His depth of emotion & descriptive reading are amongst the best I have heard in this series so far. His M is wonderfully clipped & grumpy with a real sense that he is out of touch & fading. Bond appears thoughtful & unlike his usual cocky self.
But if the narrative is good then the characterisation is easily the best of all the readings so far. The West Indian accents are so good and before long everyone is easily distinguishable due to the wide variety in voices.
The diction is clear & a little louder than usual, (with the exception of Ryder who almost whispers). The recording is of course spot on.
A great story coupled with one of the best audio book readings I've ever heard, Bond or otherwise.
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2013 17:15:29 BDT
Very well point structured review of this audiobook.
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