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Thunderball (with Interview) Audiobook

Thunderball (with Interview)

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Publisher's Summary

Ernst Stavro Blofeld, leader of the terrorist organisation SPECTRE, has hijacked an American plane loaded with atomic weapons. Unless his demands are met he will destroy one of the world’s major cities. With only one week to locate the missing bombs, Bond goes to the Bahamas where he encounters Blofeld’s right-hand man, Emilio Largo and his mistress Domino. With time running out, Bond learns that sharks are not the only killers in the Caribbean Sea.

Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Jason Isaacs.

Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952 at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.

Jason Isaacs is a BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor. His film work includes playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, Colonel Tavington in The Patriot, Captain Hook and Mr Darling in Peter Pan, as well as starring in the war movies Black Hawk Down and Green Zone. On TV his credits include Jackson Brodie in Case Histories, Sir Mark Brydon in The State Within, Michael Caffee in Brotherhood and Michael Britten in Awake. He is currently filming the action-adventure event series “DIG” for USA Network from the minds behind “Heroes” and “Homeland,” to premiere in late 2014.

©1961 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd (P)2013 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. © AudioGO Ltd, 2012. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under licence by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"A highly polished performance, with an ingenious plot well documented and plenty of excitement" (The Times)
"A mystery story, a thriller, a chiller and a pleasure to read." (New York Times)
"Fantastic… how persuasively Mr. Fleming writes about it all" (Oxford Times)
"The mixture—of good living, sex and violent action—is as before, but this highly polished performance, with an ingenious plot, well documented, and plenty of excitement" (The Times)
"Springing from a sensational imagination, but informed by style, zest and—above all—knowledge." (Sunday Times)

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    Hugh Inverell, Australia 28/11/2016
    Hugh Inverell, Australia 28/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "So much better than the Movie"

    I am so glad that Audible has made the James Bond Series available. I love these books. In many ways they are different than the movies, however, the basic story is similar. I think Bond is portrayed as a more believable character who is human and not as "bulletproof" as in the movie. I thoroughly enjoy the obvious expression of the time in which these event may have occurred. I simpler time but faithfully reproduced in this and the other Bond stories.I intend to work my way through the entire library of Bond stories. The performance of Jason Isaacs is excellent too. Highly recommended.

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  • Quentin
    Greenslopes, Australia
    29/01/13
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    "Terrific!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thunderball to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What about Jason Isaacs’s performance did you like?

    Jason's ability to capture the accents and personalities for all of teh characters added so much to the enjoyment of this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom
    8/10/12
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    "Great story, well read..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thunderball to be better than the print version?

    I read all the original book as a teenager, what a treat to hear it again in my 40's on my daily commute. Jason Isaacs does a wonderful job.


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  • Marie-Clare
    Cheltenham, Glos, United Kingdom
    25/01/13
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    "Hello to Jason Isaacs!"

    Sorry...



    I could listen to this narrator for a long time, Great story and perfect narration. Probably my favourite narration so far, I'm listening to these Audio Go releases in order of the original releases.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    24/02/13
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    "Dark Bond"

    Having never read the books and only watched the movies, I was surprised at how dark and cynical this novel was. It is well narrated and worth listening to, but it is also a novel of its time too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pocket Money Paul
    27/10/16
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    "Solid but not the best Bond"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thunderball (with Interview) to be better than the print version?

    I'd put the audio and print versions about level. I think it is read slightly slow for my taste but I think both the character voices and the tension Isaacs puts into certain scenes very good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Felix was my favourite character. I think he's strong and comical at times but mainly he is loyal to Bond. Even on crazy hunches and ideas, Felix always trusts in and goes along with Bond and Bond can always rely on Felix. They also have a great relationship and genuinely enjoy working together.


    Which character – as performed by Jason Isaacs – was your favourite?

    Isaacs' Blofeld was probably my favourite. Every attribute Blofeld possesses came across in the voice. His confidence, his intellect and his cruelty.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Felix made me laugh many times. His turn of phrase rather than particular jokes. As always with Fleming, many sections make me laugh almost out of disgust. Horrendous racism and sexism is always expected and does not sit well when read more than 50 years on. But it must be ignored as just a terrible sign of the times.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I thought this was a solid entry in the Bond series and is certainly middle of the pack. The only real problem for me was a sense of anticlimax in the last couple of chapters. The partnership of Bond and Felix is easily the strong point through a great chasing-down of the unknown baddies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phelim
    12/05/16
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    "Enjoyable"

    Enjoyed the book but unfortunately, like many of Fleming's novels, there is a large element of gob smacking coincidence

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Paul S Briggs
    28/07/15
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    "Another bond"

    Bond developing towards the film persona first half of book I feel the poorest of all Flemings but the end is worth it! Bond shows too many weaknesses and too many vices his alcohol and tobacco consumption would kill him quicker that spectre ! Still it's s over 50 years old and outlooks have changed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Collins
    1/05/15
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    "Great book"

    This is a great book. Superbly read. The
    Lot is varied and twisted. The ending for those who have seen the film a genuine surprise. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Jasper
    22/12/14
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you listen to Thunderball (with Interview) again? Why?

    I would hear it again and again!


    What does Jason Isaacs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    allows you to picture the action for yourselves.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    excellent quatity

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    England
    22/12/14
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    "an enjoyable, albeit dated,romp"

    I don't recall the film so there are no comparisons here. Bond is surprisingly rich as a character. For those with particular sensibilities they will find Fleming's language and attitudes dated. Remembering the time it was written it gives a flavour for the contemporary attitudes and language. Like others I find the book surprisingly satisfying in terms of both the hero, his accomplices and the villains. The last of these being far more plausible than the films suggest.
    This is the first time I have heard Jason Isaacs read and would listen to him again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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