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Publisher's Summary

The Moonraker project has a millionaire backer, the war hero Sir Hugo Drax - a man who, it seems, cheats at cards. With a ballistic rocket at stake, Sir Hugo's exposure could threaten Britain's latest defense system, so James Bond is asked to investigate. Moving from London's most exclusive gambling club to a missile silo on the Channel coast, 007 and his Special Branch assistant, Gala Brand, discover there's more to Drax than meets the eye.

This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Bill Nighy.

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

©1955 Ian Fleming (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Moon-rakish

Good story, overall a fair listening experience, but performance a bit all over the place.

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  • J. Grablowski
  • 2019-03-03

Ripping good yarn

DON’T underestimate the writing of Fleming just because he’s genre fiction. Beautifully told, immaculate Bond novel. Excellent starting point for anyone looking to begin. Great villain too.

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  • Julie Schwait
  • 2018-10-05

James Bond! Bill Nighy!

This reading is so superior to the movie in every way. Nighy actually made me forget Sean Connery and picture Bond as a more complex and beguiling hero.

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  • CalvinS
  • 2019-03-22

A first class adventure

Anyone familiar with the Roger Moore film will be pleasantly surprised with this taught adventure, which has little to do with the 1955 novel. Bill Nighy enlivens Fleming's third Bond novel with a mix of humor and sentiment adds humanity to 007.

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  • Chris T
  • 2019-02-15

Published in 1955 & Not Like the Movie.

I enjoyed this novel and I wasn't a fan of the movie version with Roger Moore . Bond is a deep character and very human but heroic too.

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  • Charlotte
  • 2016-11-18

Yes please, may I have more?!? Bill Nighy rocks!!

What made the experience of listening to Moonraker the most enjoyable?

Bill Nighy made this book awesome!!!

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Everything about Bill Nighy's voice is what I loved about his performance!!!

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  • Jason Pelath
  • 2018-08-20

Amazing

Having grown up on the Bond movies, I decided that I wanted to read the books. I listened to the first two, read by Simon Vance, and thoroughly enjoyed them. I love Simon Vance as a narrator, and he fit the Bond novels extremely well.

As much as I have always enjoyed Bill Nighy as an actor, I was not enthused by the idea of listening to him read a Bond novel. I was accustomed to hearing Vance. But Nighy is an incredible narrator. His voice changes for different characters are perfect. I’ll have to try to listen to more things that he has read.

As to the book itself, it’s wonderful. As a lifelong Bond fan, Moonraker is easily my least favorite film. It’s ill-advised foray into science fiction is ridiculous. But the novel is wonderful, with a very tight plot.

I enjoyed this a great deal.

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  • Lawzinski
  • 2018-08-19

who could resist Nighy as Bond

Bill Nighy is amazing. And his Bond is something you won't see at the movies.

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  • Kelly K.
  • 2018-07-14

Incredible book and performance

Bill Nighy was absolutely incredible in his interpretation of the characters. I've listened to these books in order so far, and with this being only the third book, there's still much to come. That being said, in my opinion, Nighy's performance on this book has been the best so far. I must also say that this book (and the previous two books) surprised me from a literary standpoint. I'm sure that like many children of the 80's, I knew the movies first; and for those alone I've been a Bond fanboy from the first moment. The books, on the other hand, have been a foregone conclusion in my mind; an assumption, or more accurately a misconception...until now. These first three books have in no uncertain terms blown my mind and completely opened my eyes to the brilliant author and amazing talent that was Ian Fleming. Of course one has to correct a little for the period during which these books were written in terms of certain language, but even so I have so much more respect and understanding now for the character of James Bond, as well as for the man who created him. If there's another level above a fanboy, consider me having reached it. I'd also love to shake Nighy's hand and buy him a properly shaken martini as a "thank you" for bringing this book to life.

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  • Betsy Fowler
  • 2021-07-28

Astonishing reading of a James Bond thriller

In his performance of Moonraker, Bill Nighy gives the best reading of an audiobook that I've ever heard, and I've read well over 100 of them. And to my surprise (as well as to that of Nighy), Fleming writes brilliantly and his reputation is well deserved. Not to be missed!

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  • StephenH
  • 2021-07-24

A fun read - or listen

I do recommend this book but with the caveat that it's not for everyone. Not for the criticisms usually leveled at James Bond - sexism, shallow characters, ridiculous names, etc. Rather, as Bill Nighy calls Moonraker, it's a genre book. It's a creation of the 1950s with references to even earlier decades. IMoonraker is a spy thriller with the twin bogeymen of a resurgent (Nazi) Germany and a deceitful Soviet Russia. If you have had the misfortune to have seen the James Bond film of the same name, however, the book is much better - and unrecognizable beyond the title. The film is campy and a blatant attempt to capitalize on the Star Wars sensation of the late 70s. Read the book, skip the film.

If the book has a real "problem," it's not that it's dated. Instead, it feels a bit like Fleming "phoned it in" with Moonraker. The book begins with a long bridge card playing sequence. It's well done and there's a tension, perhaps surprising as I don't see bridge as a high stakes card game. Yet, the sequence is over 25% of the book, much too long for a simple plot device; the rest of the book is unrelated to card games and not set in the gentlemen's club. There are other hints at Fleming's evident loss of focus, mentions of exotic bits of news (for example, a strange new drug in Japan) and the possible capture of Bond's colleague 008. These mentions are so superficial that they don't even rank as red herrings. It's as if Fleming was thinking, "hmm, this could be a good story," but decides against it and dismisses the idea through his character who throws out the reports.

Bill Nighy is brilliant as the reader. He doesn't "do voices" as much as he reads eloquently. His pacing and tone is near flawless - you can feel the differences in the characters in these changes. In the film versions of James Bond, particularly the early years,, for example, M is very one dimensional: "here's your assignment Bond, don't come back still it's finished" is the extent of the character. M gets more attention in Moonraker, and, again, although Nighy doesn't "do a voice" for M, Nighy's reading gives M gravitas and you can sense the relationship between M and Bond. Nevertheless, Nighy could've been more generous with his description of his experience reading the book, and it should likely have been cut out. Nighy speaks more euphemistically, but the subtext is "I'd never read this book and I was surprised to find it was not as bad as I had expected." Nighy was great - particularly as stage / screen actors don't necessarily make good readers - but his description of reading the book ended the presentation on a down note. You'll miss nothing (and likely have a better experience) by skipping the last two minutes.