James Bond is back where he belongs.
Anthony Horowitz's new novel is a thrilling tour de force, sure to delight fans of the original 007 novels and new readers alike. It also features previously unseen material written by Bond's creator, Ian Fleming.
The story begins in the lethal world of Grand Prix and with an attempt by the Russians to sabotage a race at Nürburgring, the most dangerous track in Europe. Bond is in the driving seat, but events swiftly take an unexpected turn, pitching him into an entirely different race with implications that could change the world.
Anthony Horowitz recreates the golden age of Bond, packed with speed, danger, strong women, and fiendish villains, in this brilliantly authentic adventure.
David Oyelowo has appeared in films such as The Last King of Scotland, Lincoln, Jack Reacher, The Butler and Selma.
©2015 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd and the Ian Fleming Estate (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group
I'm a big fan of the original Bond books, I was a little sceptical at first but as it pans out this is close to the originals in plot and feel- a good story and very well narrated.
"Almighty struggle to finish"
The narrator made this impossible to enjoy , he was totally wrong for this book . He sounded bored and couldn't care less about his performance. I have just heard the BBC abridged version of this book which was pitch perfect . Avoid
"Narration really let it down"
Narrator is great actor but not good at narrating this book anyway. Deciding whether to persvere
"Fantastic book, poor narrator"
I love James Bond and Anthony Horowitz is a great author, one of my favourites. I listen to James Bond audible books by John Gardner, Sebastian Faulks, William Boyd and Ian Fleming all the time and never get bored. The plots are brilliant full of twists and turns and the narrators, especially the Ian Fleming guest narrators are full of enthusiasm and passion.
So what happened with Trigger Mortis? Doesn't the narrator realise how honoured he is to narrate the latest James Bond novel? He has no enthusiasm, is monotone and after 10 minutes I realised that if I continued listening, a brilliant new James Bond novel would be ruined.
I am sad to say this is the very first James Bond audible book I refuse to listen to and have returned. I am off now to buy the book !
"Gets better as you stick with it"
Anthony Horowitz has a strong track record with his Holmes and Moriarty pastiches, and he is clearly steeped in the Bond originals, so one starts this audiobook with some expectation. The comments about the narrator are pretty well-deserved; he mangles a lot of words and intonation. In fairness, as the story climaxes, he manages some of the pacey action sequences with fervour, but in sum, he is a very poor successor to the likes of Dominic West (Solo) and Jeremy Northam (Devil May Care) who have made polished jobs of recent Bond stories.
The story clips along and has all the Bond set-pieces: a sporting duel: this time it is racing cars, more impossibly-named beautiful women, booze and fast cars, a ludicrous "let me explain my evil plan before you die" soliloquy from the bad guy, then a climactic battle and the "mano a mano" at the finish; before the triumphant, bitter-sweet conquest of his female partner, of course.
It's an accomplished, solid entry into the Bond canon, just a shame about the narrator.
"Who ever produced this, ruined the book for me"
Damn you, I was so looking forward to this book and heard such great thing but the read is just awful. Not sure if it's just the way David reads or if the producer chose this slow laboured style. It just sucks the joy right out of the narrative. Have now gone and bought a hard copy before they totally spoil it for me!
"Time for Bonding"
I liked this old style Bond adventure with the usual Fleming formula well emulated by Horowitz. Suspend belief and enjoy the ride.
"Bond at his gritty best"
This book seamlessly follows on from where Fleming finished, the whole structure of the book was perfectly tempered by the story teller who delivered every line with the clinic perfect of 007, always well thought out and timed to deliver maximum impact.
"Entertaining but ultimately disappointing"
A decent, if slightly pedestrian storyline that tries a bit too hard. My real gripe is with the completely lacklustre narrator who almost put me to sleep a couple of times.
"Poor narration lets it down"
As many others have noted the narration made this hard to listen to. Sounds like it's being read through a constant sneer. Not enjoyable.
Really enjoyable. Totally spoiled myself by reading the book and listening. Got totally immersed and easily swapped between book and audio. Horowitz has done it again and produced something the original writer would have been proud of.
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