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  • Dr. No

  • James Bond, Book 6
  • Written by: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Hugh Quarshie
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Dr. No

Written by: Ian Fleming
Narrated by: Hugh Quarshie
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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 realize that his plans could threaten international security.

This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Hugh Quarshie.

Blackstone Audio, Inc. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under license by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd

©1958 Ian Fleming (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Exemplary Bond Adventure

On the one hand, it's small wonder that Eon Productions Ltd. decided to make 'Dr. No' the first Bond film. It has all of the ingredients: a world-threatening bad guy, sophisticated/suave good guy, exotic location, sexy women, fast cars, and pulse-generating action. The villain is cartoonish (6'6" with mechanical pincers for hands), the plot is something out of a Comicbook (a secret weapon used to disrupt Rocket Launches), and the hero is handsome, exudes sex-appeal, and gets the beautiful girl (the often nude 'Honeychile Rider').
On the other hand, it's a difficult scenario to swallow. Fans of Ian Fleming will recognize that he *stumbles* onto the nefarious plot - 007 is sent ostensibly on a "vacation" in this one - it just doesn't have the feel of the typical espionage-informed mission that makes the stories in Fleming's MI-6 story arc at least plausible.

Regardless, fans will absolutely enjoy this romp with their favorite Secret Agent.

Actor Hugh Quarshie (Queen Amidala's chief of guards in 'The Phantom Menace') reads this novel quite professionally. His diction, cadence, and timbre are spot-on. Most striking, however: Quarshie's Carribean accent sounds amazingly authentic (as though he lived in Jamaica for awhile).. the voice-acting is truly remarkable.
His performance isn't flawless, mind you (he reads a little too slowly and with a touch too much drama), but this is one of the better reads in the 'James Bond (Celebrity Recordings)' series.

This audiobook rates 8.5 stars out of 10. It definitely belongs in your library if you're a fan of adrenaline-fuelled Spy Thrillers.

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Reader needs a water

I can hear the dry mouth of the reader, and it kinda ruined it for me. The story is still good, but I judt really wanted to give the reader a glass of water. Not for the people who get panic attacks from eating sounds or general mouth sounds.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 2018-02-24

Book 6, Film 1

"Unfortunately, strict patterns of behavior can be deadly if they are read by an enemy."
- Ian Fleming, Dr. No

It is weird to visit a book that is so well preserved by a film. Maybe it was because it was the first James Bond film, but it has always stuck with me. The book was both more and less interesting. It had some great lines by Dr. No, and Honey Ryder was better developed in the book. But, still, it was hard to read the book and not think of Ursula Andress, the very first Bond Girl on film, walking out of the ocean. Obviously, there is something about these books and films that appeals to reader and viewer (sex, adventure, etc.) that keeps them in print and consistently being imitated and produced. However, as I've aged, I seem to have gravitated more towards John Le Carré's view of the world and away from Ian Fleming's. One has to grow up. But still, I keep coming back. There is still a 14-year old boy that needs to be feed, and sometimes shaken, sometimes stirred.

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  • Jeff Lacy
  • 2020-04-17

Just did’t hit the right tone of Bond’s voice for me

Hugh Quarshire’s performance of Ian Fleming’s Dr. No was, as a whole, well done; however, for my ear he didn’t capture the round baritone tone of voice of Bond. It was too high and velvety. It wasn’t edgy or capture that deep raspiness of a 60 cigarette a day smoker. And that is what I am hearing in narrators such a Simon Vance (although I prefer Vance in so many other books he narrates). Vance lacks the tone and sounds too professorial, like the intellectual reading Goethe. Nevertheless, Quarshire, does capture well, better than all who I have heard perform, the action and episodic tension in this plot driven novel. As such Quarshire makes this thriller engaging, and viscerally and visually alive. So what might be four stars for lacking the the correct modality of Bond in my opinion, Quarshire’s other measures in performing Dr. No make it five stars.

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  • Greg Regan
  • 2020-08-15

The real James Bond

I started reading the series out of curiosity to see why someone would make them into movies. I was expecting pulp fiction but was surprised how good the writing is. Ian Fleming was ahead of his time. Read Dr No but read the series in order. The audible narration is superb

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  • Robert B. Anderson
  • 2020-01-29

Great story

Bonds humanity and inner thoughts about circumstances makes a more believable, realistic hero than one portrayed in movie.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-18

Powerful Performance

I’m slowly working through the Audible versions of the James Bond novels. Thank you to Lucy Fleming for producing such exceptional quality work!

I’m writing this review to say that Hugh Quarshie’s reading and performance of “Dr. No” is incredibly well done! The pacing is easy on the ear; dialogue delivered with deep emotion and character; accents for different characters rendered with sublime personality.

I’ll be looking for more Audible titles presented by this talented reader!

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  • Arthur Robles jr
  • 2021-04-06

Outstanding

He played read each character perfectly 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼especially the Jamaican accent and Honey and Bond perfect .

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  • Steve
  • 2021-03-24

Absolutely Wonderful

Wonderful performance that immerses the listeners into the rich world of Bond after his harrowing adventure in From Russia With Love.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-13

Great story

It was a great story. The plot was better than the book. Can’t wait to listen to Goldfinger.

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  • Travis
  • 2020-12-30

So much SALIVATING

I have been listening through the Ian Fleming James Bond novels and have enjoyed each one up until Hugh Quarshie's performance. The salivating sounds were torture. I think it is more an issue of the audio engineer but the sounds of his mouth was disgusting. None of the other performances had this issue, I don't know if it was the microphone or whatever but it was distracting and uncomfortable, especially as I listened to this book with headphones and it felt like Mr. Quarshie was making out with my ear the whole time. I've listened to many audiobooks and I've never experienced this level of salivating before. I had to just speed up the read to 1.50x at the end to get through it. This will haunt my dreams for awhile.

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  • Kerry Penning
  • 2020-08-06

very entertaining.

good story, good flow, well researched. what you'd expect from Fleming. can't wait to start another Bond escapade.

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