- Audio CD
- Publisher: AudioGO Limited (6 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781471309403
- ISBN-13: 978-1471309403
- ASIN: 1471309401
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.4 x 16.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dr No Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 Sep 2012
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Although "Dr. No" was the first Bond story to appear in the cinema (1962), it is in fact the sixth of the Bond novels, dating from 1958. Its action follows hard on the heels of "From Russia, with Love", in which Bond only narrowly escaped death by poisoning. At the beginning of this story he is still recuperating somewhat from that earlier ordeal and he is assigned the job which eventually leads him to tangle with the eponymous villain of this piece -- another encounter from which he emerges badly scathed -- almost as a holiday assignment in the sun.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Fleming's genius lay in his ability to write simply, but with an almost fetishistic attention to detail; the reader experiences a delicious thrill when Bond lights another cigarette or describes the minutiae of his daily routine. It is this ability to prompt such a vicarious response in the reader that lifts Fleming's novels from their pulpy origins, and which has given them their longevity and their status' as classic slices of disposable fiction.
Following the near fatal events of `From Russia With Love', and Bond's extended convalescence, he is sent by M to Jamaica on what should be an easy case to ease Bond back into the groove. A relaxing holiday in the sun as M puts it. Two operatives, the local station chief and his secretary, have mysteriously disappeared. Bond is sent to find out what happened to them, and to look into the sudden reduction in numbers of a rare bird, the roseate spoonbill, on nearby Crab Key. What looks like a simple matter, well below his abilities, quickly turns into something more sinister, and eventually leads Bond into a struggle that pushes him right to the limits of his physical and mental endurance. Every step of the way is a trial for Bond, and from the moment he sets foot in Jamaica he has to be on the top of his game to avoid ending up dead, and to protect those around him.
It's a thrilling book, and once again Fleming writes with bags of atmosphere. You can picture the syrupy glow of the sun in Jamaica, hear the birds in the trees, feel every ounce of terror and pain inflicted on the characters. There are several bravura sequences, which are totally and utterly gripping; Bond's encounter with a deadly centipede, and his fight for survival in Dr No's lair are nailbiting and exhausting examples. Added to which is Fleming's ability to relate mundane matters in an interesting way - the guano industry is central to the book, and Fleming makes his essential description of this most uninteresting sounding subject both informative and enthralling.Read more ›
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Cool and classic but a bit out of date and cringe inducing for readers with a modern outlookPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Full of tension and action, this is again more poignant than the film but with many more of the same story points within it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jules