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  • Thunderball

  • James Bond, Book 9
  • Written by: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ernst Stavro Blofeld, leader of the terrorist organization SPECTRE, has hijacked an American plane loaded with atomic weapons. Unless his demands are met, he will destroy one of the world's major cities. With only one week to locate the missing bombs, James Bond goes to the Bahamas, where he encounters Blofeld's right-hand man, Emilio Largo, and his mistress, Domino. With time running out, Bond learns that sharks are not the only killers in the Caribbean Sea.

This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Jason Isaacs.

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

©1961 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Heil HYDRA.. Er.. SPECTRE

This Bond story - written based on a collaborative screenplay by Ian Fleming and three others - is the first to introduce 'Ernst Stavro Blofeld' and the SPecial Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion. It is the most stereotypical "Bond" plot in the series.. involving stolen Nuclear Missiles and the demand for £100 Million ransom from world governments (the 'Austin Powers' parody movies are mostly based on this book/film).
Fleming's tongue is planted firmly in-cheek in this one: from Bond's silly stay at a PaleoDiet-infused Health Spa to his ludicrously easy seduction of the villain's lover (the impossibly sexy 'Domino'). The plot takes a while to get going, but eventually we are treated to a rollercoaster-ride of a superspy adventure.

The narration from Jason Isaacs ('Lucius Malfoy' in the 'Harry Potter' movies) is nothing short of brilliant. His diction, timbre, cadence, and pacing are flawless - and backed up by exemplary sound-editing (it sounds like he read this nearly nine-hour book in one sitting). Isaacs's voice-acting is mind's-eye distinctive, too - but the greatest success is in his reading tone: His emotiveness portrays the sense of fun perfectly.. while injecting enough gravity to make listeners take the cartoonish story seriously (Isaacs's sang-froid Blofeld is legitimately chilling, for example).

The story itself reads like a Marvel comicbook (strikingly sophomoric), but the spectacular narration makes this audiobook worthy of 9 stars out of 10. Do not hesitate to spend the Credit.

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  • renee
  • 2016-02-27

Superb

Isaac's assessment is spot on: this Bond's a man, not a cartoon, and all the more fascinating for it. The performances are sublime...who knew he could make such an affecting Domino?

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  • Jeff Lacy
  • 2020-04-13

A character driven novel upheld by Audible performance

Fleming’s Thunderball is a richly character driven novel. Importantly, he introduces the head of SPECTRE, Bloefeld, who will be central in two following novels. But the main villain in Thunderball is a man called Largo, a large Italian man with exceptionally large hands, a hugely conceived criminal plane to extort the world, and a sleek custom designed yacht that he stealthily captures and moves two nuclear bombs to accomplish SPECTRE’s plan. Then there is Domino, the lusty Italian young woman, who is beautiful, yet with one physical drawback. She’s vulnerable, but courageous and is instrumental in the end in flipping the Bond paradigm. Additionally, Bond’s old pal, Felix Leiter’s from the CIA comes to the Bahamas out of retirement on this top secret, top priority, time sensitive mission that could potentially see the detonation of one of the bombs if SPECTRE’s demands are not met. As to the Audible, Jason Isaacs crossed many hurdles in a fine fashion handling many dialects from different countries, different genders, and different regions. I started listening while reading the text at 1.2x speed. I could follow, as in prior books; however, due to the speed that Isaacs was reading Thunderball, I cranked it down a notch, because it was too choppy, specifically the dialogue. I love the Thunderball movie, I have loved since it came out as a kid; it was the last underwater scuba diver battle.

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  • Sevy
  • 2021-06-27

Best bond book yet

Simply the best Fleming writing of them all. Keep reading these if you can. Love how Spectre comes in.

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  • Christopher Daniels
  • 2020-01-24

The closest to the movie.

the best part of this one is the narration Jason Issaic is great. The best one so far.

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  • Emil Grancagnolo
  • 2018-09-12

fantastic details

hearing Ian Fleming read aloud it's so much more thrilling than watching a movie particularly with all the backstory and context with your schedule we presented in any of the visual presentations of bond

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  • Celticfirelight
  • 2015-12-15

Isaacs' Superb Performance Makes Book Excellent

This is a fun read, really showcasing how human James Bond is in the books. It is Isaacs's spectacular reading, however, that really makes this feel like cinema. The accents, the timing, the inflection... Superb!

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  • mark waldman
  • 2022-06-21

Bond in the Bahamas

Just a wonderful novel. Of course the film is great too, that there is more in the novel to enjoy. Terrific villains, wonderful settings, lots of Felix (films never utilize him well), and one of the best Bond women of all. Great performance by the reader, seamlessly shifting gears. Much more than you would expect from an audio book. Highly recommended for any Bond or adventure fan.

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  • nasisill94
  • 2022-04-05

Magnificent!

Such a good book and love the direction of the voices used for characters especially James Bond. Like the movies, the voice of Bond evolves with the books and this one is no exception.

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  • Paul
  • 2022-03-17

Thundering Performance and Tale

First, Isaacs is tremendous-probably the best Narrator of the Collection. And the story itself may be the best of the Collection (rivals Moonraker and Goldfinger, imo).

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-07-28

Blofeld's Bombs

"Thunderball" returns to a more serious tone, but retains moments of levity that make thd 007 series great. Notably, James Bond's stay at Shrublands and his subsequent health kick are quite humorous. The stakes for his mission, however, are extraordinary high. This isn't the secret agent's first encounter with a nuclear threat (see "Moonraker"), but now that threat comes from the shadowy terrorist organization SPECTRE. With SMERSH no longer in operation, this group, run by a man named Blofeld, will become James Bond's new adversary. As readers have come to expect, "Thunderball" takes Bond to an exotic location, where he meets an intriguing woman and engages in plenty of fighting, drinking, and investigating. This entry is one of the best, and those who enjoy the prior Bond novels will find much to love in it. The narration by Jason Isaacs is good, providing appropriate accents for characters of different nationalities and giving them distinct personalities.