Ian Fleming

  • by Andrew Lycett
  • Narrated by Robert Whitfield
  • 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, spy, this suave Old Etonian creator of the Cold War's archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complicated and interesting than his major fictional character, Agent 007. Fleming's wide-ranging and exciting life inevitably provided the plausible backdrop for the Bond novels, and while his temperamental, sometimes violent nature got him into difficulties as a young man, the second World War was the making of him. Highly regarded in British naval intelligence for his international contacts, he master-minded numerous top secret operations, including "Golden Eye," which is uncovered here for the first time. His role in shaping prototype CIA is also fully detailed.

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Reasonable Biography Spoiled by the Production

This would have made a readable if somewhat uncritical biography, unfortunately the production values of the recording let it down very badly. It sounds like it's been recorded at a dozen different studios, friends flats and kitchen tables. At one point the sound was so bad I had to pull over my car to adjust the tone on my iPod and stereo to make it bearable to listen to. I'm not such a fussy listener but this was truly bad
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- Tim

Shaken and definitely stirred!

Thoroughly researched this is a must for any Bond enthusiast.
His entire life story is told 'warts and all' by a narrator with a suitably clipped English accent. Not being a James Bond fan myself I found this biography a bit lengthy and too indepth. On the other hand I was fascinated by Ian Fleming's life which was anything but normal.
Definitely worth a listen if you enjoy biographies.
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- Tracey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-04-2000
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.