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Colonel Sun

James Bond, Book 15
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: James Bond: The Collection, Book 15
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
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The life of secret agent James Bond has begun to fall into a pattern that threatens complacency…until the sunny afternoon when M is kidnapped. The action ricochets across the globe to a volcanic Greek island, where Colonel Sun Liang-tan of the People's Liberation Army of China collaborates with an ex-Nazi atrocity expert in a world-menacing conspiracy.

Stripped of all professional aids, Bond faces, unarmed, the monstrous devices of Colonel Sun in a test that brings him to the verge of his physical endurance.

©1968 Ian Flemming Publications (P)2000 Blackstone Audioooks Ltd

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  • Rebecca
  • 25-02-2017

Poor Production

Multiple times there are mistakes where a section is repeated. Apparently no one quality checked the final product.

The story and performance itself is fine.

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  • Mike G.
  • 03-07-2016

Production problems

What did you love best about Colonel Sun?
You can't go wrong with Kingsley Amis and Simon Vance's reading was flawless. However, entire passages were repeated as if (mind you I say "as if") it were a record skipping a groove. Jarring. At least four instances that I noticed. Otherwise an excellent story. I know that I will listen to this again.

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  • Matthew
  • 21-11-2015

An excellent James Bond continuation novel

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who's already read all the Ian Fleming James Bond novels and is looking for more. Amis really manages to capture Fleming's style and pace and attention to detail without copying him, and the result is one of the best post-Fleming continuation novels about the character. He clearly loves Fleming and Bond (one need only read his James Bond Dossier or The Book of Bond to realize that), but also can't quite help indulging in just a bit of parody. But the parody is very subtle (so subtle that in sending up Fleming's xenophobia, Amis actually comes off as even more xenophobic), and in keeping with the sense of humor Fleming had about his own material anyway.

Basically, there is Fleming, and then there are the continuations. None of the continuations are as good as the real thing, but for what they are, there are some excellent ones to be found. Colonel Sun has always been one of my favorites, and revisiting it after many years as an audiobook I find it still holds up as such.

What did you like best about this story?

The pace is great. Amis's Bond story moves very quickly. Bond feels like the same character Fleming wrote about, and the Bond Girl, Villain, and Ally are all great characters true to some of Fleming's best as well.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Vance is a totally competent narrator, and I like the sense of continuity of having the same person who reads the Fleming novels take on the continuation novels.

Any additional comments?

The audiobook is unfortunately a bit poorly edited. On several occasions the same exact passage is repeated twice. It's annoying, but definitely not detrimental to the listening experience.

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  • Robert Durie
  • 09-04-2019

Love bond

Not as good as Ian Fleming but still great story line and in true fashion to bond

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  • Supreme Overlord of the Earth (aka Jon)
  • 07-12-2018

Junk Title

Anyone who gives this title more than 3 stars didn't listen to it. There are several points where sentences repeat, BUT CHAPTERS 15 THROUGH 20 ARE EXACTLY THE SAME AS 5 THROUGH 10. Then at 21 the story takes up again. Would have annoyed it if so much wasn't missing. Will be requesting a refund.

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  • Paul S. Kale
  • 25-06-2016

Both story and narration were great

Of all of the reviews of all the non-Ian Flemming books, this one was rated the highest.

I concur.

This one closely resembled James bonds creators vision.

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  • Innovation Lover
  • 03-04-2016

Very good but not Ian Fleming good.

Simon Vance rocks. I won't listen to an audio book by anyone else. The story was not as compelling as other James Bond books. I had problems following the plot at times. But I enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone has had listened to all of the others.

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  • Craig
  • 08-12-2015

In Ian Fleming's footsteps

Well, the title and my rating should tell you all you really need to know about this book. Kingsley Amis does such a good job channeling Fleming that it's often hard to tell the difference between this and the many other, previous Bond books. It picks up where The Man with the Golden Gun left off and does so immensely well. Like Fleming, it gets bogged down in its pace a few times but otherwise it's great. If you liked some of the great Fleming Bond novels like Dr. No or Live and Let Die, then chances are you'll like this one as well. Thankfully Simon Vance returns to continue his excellent narration of Bond, so if you've listened to any of the previous titles you'll be getting what you expect. As usual, he does a superb job. 'Nuff said.