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Octopussy and the Living Daylights (James Bond Novels) MP3 CD – 1 Apr 2009

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Product details

  • MP3 CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781433290411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433290411
  • ASIN: 1433290413
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,018,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mr Fleming is the best thriller writer since Buchan." (Evening Standard)

"Ian Fleming traces the intricacies of counter-espionage with all the efficient authority of 007’s own secret reports" (Sunday Times)

"A brilliant gem!" (Publishers Weekly)

"Admirers of James Bond will be glad to have them to add to their collection" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Stories which, in their fascinated pouring on things – guns, techniques, foodstuffs – remind us that it is the mastery of the world of things, rather than people, that gives Fleming his peculiar literary niche" (Anthony Burgess) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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There is only one Bond. Enjoy these intoxicating spy novels in stylish Vintage Classics editions. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Tom Hiddleston adds his great voice to this unabridged reading of four short James Bond stories.

Octopussy, The Living Daylights and The Property of a Lady are read with the same cool and deep voice that makes this 4 CD set worth more than simply the words it conveys. There is also an interview with Hiddleston, which is not because of his excellent character portrayals in Spielberg's War Horse and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris but rather his dark and sexy bad-boy character Loki in Thor and Avengers Assemble.

The last of the four stories is read by Lucy Fleming, better known to a generation as Jenny from Survivors. She as one of Fleming's two nieces, controls the estate and also delivers an excellent reading of her uncles work.

Hiddleston reads Flemings words like a long cold drink on a hot and humid night - his voice is full of the scent of 007, and enhances the sense of drama by just being the other side of the microphone!

Maybe we have a reading by Daniel Craig's successor here?

This set will cheer you through a few commutes, extend your adventure into modern literature and introduce you to the real James Bond and stories that inspired the movies.

This is an excellent buy, you will not be disappointed, buy it!
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Format: Hardcover
This, Ian Fleming's last 'James Bond' story, first published in 1966.
This book contains not only the cover titles, but two others not published in the first edition, 'the Property of a Lady', and '007 in New York'. '007 in New York' appears here for the first time in book form.
'the Living Daylights' is, in my opinion, a terrifically taught study in cold war espionage. The sheer electricity that runs through the story is indescribable, an interesting combination of the dull, annonymous world of spying crosswired with large ammounts of tension. Fleming wrote this story originally for the debut issue of 'the Sunday Times Colour Supplement', and was published with not much notoriety, but this is undoubtably a crisp example of a Bond story. 'The Property of a Lady' is a curious tale, much to the interest of the antiquarian or collector, which takes place in the London auction rooms of Sotheby's: A quick, hurried story that never looses any of its chances to take a shock to its reader.
'007 in New York' is, essentially, a short summary of New York written for the American edition of Fleming's 1963 travel book 'Thrilling Cities'. The few pages in the story take on a 'Gambit' quality, with descriptions of New York's wonderful nightlife (and daylife).
'Octopussy' is one of Fleming's last stories that he ever wrote, and concerns a hoard of Nazi gold nessled in the grasp of a dying major.
Overall, this is a good book to either start the Bond saga with: it is something of a taster, a tester, an inexpensive blueprint of what to expect from other, more time-consuming novels.
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Format: Audio Download
*Contains some plot spoilers*

First published in a single collection in 1966, 2 years after Ian Fleming's passing, this is the final print outing for superspy James Bond from the pen of his originator. It is a collection of four short stories, Octopussy, Property Of A Lady, The Living Daylights and 007 In New York. As with his previous short story collection, Fleming uses this as an opportunity to do something a bit different with his writing, and to get away from the traditional Bond milieu.

Being in the short story format, Fleming has to restrain himself from the over long descriptions that sometimes bogged the later Bond novels down slightly, making these short sharp and punchy pieces, but still beautifully observed. Story by story:

Octopussy - This is a great opening story. We see the story through the eyes of Major Dexter Smythe, an ex army officer who served with intelligence during the war and is now living in a comfortable retirement in Jamaica. A visit from an enigmatic man named Bond shatters his world, as the secret of his wealth is revealed and he must decide on his own future. This is a classic piece of writing from Fleming. The character of Smythe is particularly well realised (apart from the dodgy wartime dealing and the murder, I wonder how much of the mid fifties ex intelligence officer living in Jamaica with a coronary condition was based on himself?) and from the vivid descriptions of sea life through to the bleak tale of Smythe's life and how his villainy and wealth have failed to bring him happiness this tale is a real winner for me.

Property of a Lady - 007 attends an auction at Sotheby's to try and uncover the Russian's top man in England, who MI6 think will be bidding on a priceless Faberge piece.
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Format: Paperback
*Contains some plot spoilers*

First published in a single collection in 1966, 2 years after Ian Fleming's passing, this is the final print outing for superspy James Bond from the pen of his originator. It is a collection of four short stories, Octopussy, Property Of A Lady, The Living Daylights and 007 In New York. As with his previous short story collection, Fleming uses this as an opportunity to do something a bit different with his writing, and to get away from the traditional Bond milieu.

Being in the short story format, Fleming has to restrain himself from the over long descriptions that sometimes bogged the later Bond novels down slightly, making these short sharp and punchy pieces, but still beautifully observed. Story by story:

Octopussy - This is a great opening story. We see the story through the eyes of Major Dexter Smythe, an ex army officer who served with intelligence during the war and is now living in a comfortable retirement in Jamaica. A visit from an enigmatic man named Bond shatters his world, as the secret of his wealth is revealed and he must decide on his own future. This is a classic piece of writing from Fleming. The character of Smythe is particularly well realised (apart from the dodgy wartime dealing and the murder, I wonder how much of the mid fifties ex intelligence officer living in Jamaica with a coronary condition was based on himself?) and from the vivid descriptions of sea life through to the bleak tale of Smythe's life and how his villainy and wealth have failed to bring him happiness this tale is a real winner for me.

Property of a Lady - 007 attends an auction at Sotheby's to try and uncover the Russian's top man in England, who MI6 think will be bidding on a priceless Faberge piece.
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