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Publisher's Summary

M thinks he has an easy case for 007. Exactly what’s needed after his latest near-fatal encounter with SMERSH. However, arriving in Jamaica to look for a missing agent and his secretary, Bond learns that the reclusive Dr Julius No could be connected with their disappearance. When Bond and the exotic Honeychile Rider are imprisoned on Dr No’s private island, they realise that his plans could threaten international security.

Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Hugh Quarshie.

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.

Hugh Quarshie has a long and distinguished television career that encompasses Doctor Who, Holby City, Small Island and White Heat and the award-winning The Murder of Stephen Lawrence. He has also appeared in the films Ghosted, Highlander, To Walk with Lions and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. His theatre credits include leading roles at the National Theatre, RSC and Manchester Royal Exchange.

©1958 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd (P)2013 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, 2012. © AudioGO Ltd, 2012. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under licence by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Wildly funny…hair-raising in a loony way." ( San Francisco Chronicle)
"Masterful, beautifully written." (Raymond Chandler)
"Magnificent writing." ( Time)
"The usual sado-masochistic free-for-all, plus octopuses." ( The Observer)
"Artfully bold, dizzyingly poised…You’d much better read it than read about it." ( New York Herald Tribune)

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Keeps getting better

This feels like a classic Bond film defining novel. It really has all the famous Bond tropes, the exotic location, the girl, the villain and secret base. The narrator was excellent. Probably the best Bond novel yet.

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what a fantastic narrator

and one of his best books ..very atmospheric and one of the few books I've re listened

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Excellent narration, ok Bond story

Like ‘Live and Let Die’, this novel sees Bond travel to Jamaica, where he is captured yet eventually beats the big bad boss. However, Dr No is the better story and far better narrated with Hugh Quarshie, an appropriate choice of narrator for doing justice to the different accents of black people.

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OMG

This so good because it is James bond (duh) but if you don’t want a spoiler then don’t read on from now. When the kraken like creature was attacking bond but that was never in the movie but I don’t really care.

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Excellent

I am pleased with the previous books but this one takes a step up, you get the sense that not only is Bond becoming more rounded but so is Flemings writing style.

The story is gripping and you are drawn into the narrative.

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book to movie

i have seen the movie and thought it was better but the narration was good

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  • Horatio Hornblower
  • 16-07-2021

Good book!

Quite a " page turner".
Fine performance from High Quashie.
Bond character is quite different from his movie version.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-01-2021

Hugh Quarshie shines

Although this is not my favourite of Fleming’s books, that belongs to Moonraker, I thoroughly enjoyed this both thanks to the interesting villain of Dr No, and the superb reading of Hugh Quarshie. I love how descriptive and colourful this book is, and I think literary Honey is far more developed than movie Honey. I highly recommend this one.

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  • pedro filipuzzi
  • 28-12-2020

Flabbergasting adventure

The James Bond series leaps into action with Dr. NO....thanks to this fantastic audiobook I've learned that the surname NO derives from the confrontation and hate of the villan respect his own father. Marvelous audiobook pack with first rate action

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  • Mickey G
  • 23-07-2014

Damn good yarn this one mate

What made the experience of listening to Dr. No (with Interview) the most enjoyable?

Hugh Quarshie is fantastic on the accents. His pace is perfect and style easy to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dr. No (with Interview)?

The centipede.

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

Could be his background or the ability to make the Jamaican accent so perfect. His interview at the end is very enlightening.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Shaken but not stirred.

Any additional comments?

I am not sure if Hugh Quarshie could have done a good show on the previous books but I am quite prepared to listen to any book he narrates. His soft voice is a little hard to decipher with road noise in the car at times. Splendid work on his part.

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  • Mr J P Fitzmaurice
  • 10-08-2016

Ok but....

Far from the best of the bond books. I thought it was a bit light on story, plot and well, most things.

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  • Oliver
  • 24-06-2015

Fleming Bond books are amazing!

Epic story telling. Working my way through the Bond books and they does disappoint! Can't wait to read more.

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  • Knucklebones
  • 08-02-2014

Heat and danger in Jamaica

Possibly the best Bond novel, set almost exclusively in the steamy heat of Jamaica, which Fleming conveys brilliantly. Following the mysterious disappearance of the local operatives, Bond is called in to find what happened to them. The story holds its tension throughout, the villain is suitably cold-blooded, and the token beautiful woman has character for once! Hugh Quarshie is a great choice for the narrator with his rich dark voice, transporting you directly to the sun-drenched Caribbean, though his Jamaican characters are so well done that I found them hard to follow.

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  • Tom
  • 23-07-2013

Another great James Bond audiobook

What did you like most about Dr No?

Dr No is a slightly odd mixture in that the backdrop and build up of tension is done wonderfully well, particularly the ending though the story overall is a bit weak. But this is to split hairs. Overall, Dr No is a superb thriller, beautifully written and full of interesting asides.

Have you listened to any of Hugh Quarshie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Hugh Quarshie is just the man to narrate Dr No given the Jamaican backdrop, and he does more than justice to Ian Fleming's book; perfect sense of timing, captures the brooding menace very well, and draws the characters spot on. A great performance which undoubtedly enhances an already fine thriller.

Any additional comments?

Strongly recommended.

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  • Justan
  • 09-04-2013

Bond as it should be read.

Hugh Quarshie has a very soothing voice to listen to. He delivers the charisma and charm of Bond but can also adapt to a more ruthless tone when required. Overall I really enjoyed listening to this. It made a good night time read.

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  • ASHISH SINHA
  • 12-07-2021

Worth listening to

The audible book is much better than the movie. great pace and well narrated. loved it

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  • IT Guru UK
  • 07-07-2021

Bond brought to life by Hugh Quarshie

A great Bond story brilliantly brought to life by Hugh Quarshie. Hugh's narrative and characterisation is the best telling of Ian Flemming's Bind that I've heard.

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  • Nicky Ramone
  • 02-07-2021

The best one of the three I’ve listed to

OHMSS had good action and was well read but the treatment of the women was embarrassing.
Live and Let Die had poor accents for the black and Caribbean characters and the text insulted them.
This story was very straight-forward and had exciting parts and I thought the reader made a pretty good job of the accents (though I am not the best person to know how authentic they were). Thus, it was easier to just listen and get propelled along by the story and the action.

I enjoyed this one. I can’t remember having seen the film all the way through, but some of the scenes were easy to visualise with Sean Connery in the role.

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  • Stuart A. McIntosh
  • 18-06-2021

Simple and straightforward

Quite a simplistic, uncomplicated plot. The sixth of Fleming's series written in 1958, which, for me, was the most like the first film of the movie series filmed in 1964. The written Bond seems to have more heart and compassion than the ruthless, misogynistic Bond of the movies.

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