Audiobook Review: Dr. No by Ian Fleming

15th November 2011

Bond is in the doghouse because of a botched assignment in From Russia With Love. Of course, being in a British doghouse involves M staring daggers at Bond and speaking in harsh metaphors, along with sending him on an easy case in Jamaica to lie in the sun and hold down the fort after two agents disappear.

Strangways and the other agent are thought to have run off together, but having met Strangways on a case in Live and Let Die, Bond isn’t so sure. When he discovers Strangways was investigating several odd deaths in connection with Crab Key Island, Bond’s suspicions are increased.

The island is home to Dr. No and a natural moneymaker – guano – along with a small reserve home to roseate spoonbills, owned by the Audubon Society. Dr. No is not someone you want to mess with. Quarrel, another recurring figure from Live and Let Die, and Bond encounter trouble right away: auto accidents, poisoned fruit, and what is one of the most tense scenes I’ve read in a while – a killer centipede.

Dr. No is one of the best-paced Bond novels I’ve read so far, with Bond and Quarrel prepping and investigating before checking out Crab Key in person. Once on the island, they meet Honeychile Rider, who is innocently trolling for shells. Quickly, they are discovered and have to fend for themselves in Dr. No’s deadly island traps.

I enjoy this challenge more and more as time passes, and honestly Simon Vance is the voice of Bond for me. I don’t even want to pick up the print copies because I miss his voice reading to me. I know Jennifer of Literate Housewife agrees. 🙂

 

If you want to join in the Shaken Not Stirred Audiobook Challenge, we are most likely taking December off – join us!

See my other Bond reviews here:

Casino Royale

Live and Let Die

Moonraker

Diamonds Are Forever

  • Literate Housewife

    Oh, I definitely agree about Simon Vance as Bond. Don’t know if I can listen to the non-Fleming. novels. Vance doesn’t narrate them. I also thought this book was one of the best paced. Refreshing after FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, which had so much background. I’m looking forward to the movie Saturday night.

    • Exactly! Just don’t think I want to (though I am curious as to how well the non-Fleming Bond writers do).

      I really need to head back and listen to From Russia With Love, as I know some count it among their favorites.

  • I just started the challenge with Dr No and was surprised how much I liked the book James Bond. He’s much more intelligent than the movie version.

    • Oh my goodness, I know. It’s a whole other world. Welcome. Will you be watching the movie this weekend?