• Cold

  • James Bond Series, Book 16
  • By: John Gardner
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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By: John Gardner
Narrated by: Simon Vance
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Publisher's Summary

James Bond is on a mission that will become an obsession. It starts the night Flight 229 is torn apart at Washington airport, killing 435 passengers. But the victim who matters to Bond is the Principessa Sukie Tempesta: once his lover, still his friend.

The search for Sukie's killers will turn out to be the most complex and demanding assignment of Bond's career. Across continents and through ever-changing labyrinths of evil, he follows the traces of clues into the center of a fanatical society more deadly than any terrorist army. Its code name is COLD.

©1996 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq, LLC, used under licence by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

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Goodbye Gardner

This last story felt anti climatic, feels like Gardner was a bit tired of writing these perhaps. Vance is wonderful in his usual manner. It does bring back some long time characters though, I did enjoy that.

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Great Book and Great Narrator

Simon Vance is just awesome. This is a heck of a way to enjoy a road trip.

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Good story but predictable

Vance is always entertaining. Story a bit predictable. But Bond is always a fun ride.

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Horrible 007 book

The author depicts James Bond as dull witted and feckless. He makes Bond a stooge for the CIA and has him randomly quoting Bible verses. Hard to believe that someone would ruin Fleming's 007 like this. The plot is juvenile. One character is introduced and dies for no apparent reason, other than to make Bond relive (twice in this book) the death of Tracey from On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Gardner's Bond is sappy and always thinking about settling down, even with a girl who inexplicably (and suddenly) becomes a psychopath by the end of the book. But worse, Gardner makes Bond stupid - just how could someone fake their death in a burning car? This James Bond just can't imagine how. This book misses all the detailed accounts that I love in the Fleming books -- the details about dress, food, drink, women. Instead, this Bond mostly drinks coffee with the CIA. Seriously, if you listen to this book, count the number of times that 007 grabs a cup of coffee with the CIA. And, he has 007 making a dangerous run on a jet ski. Seriously, what is dangerous about jet skis? Little kids ride them, yet Gardner's 007 is frightened about possibly capsizing one. This book is just awful.

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  • 11-15-22

One of the better Gardner books

enjoyed this one . Good fun and quite bond like at times. much better than a lot of his others. no Saab is a bonus.

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  • 06-09-21

Antifreeze!

John Gardener's last Bond novel is a suitable end to a great run. The story is compelling, fast paced, and with some great twists. Yes there are some plot holes, and the ending feels a bit rushed (as do most of Gardener's endings to be fair) but it's still a classic Bond story. Simon vance is, as ever, superb in his narration.

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  • theryanwatkins
  • 03-26-21

awesome bond novel

Simon Vance nails it again. a fantastic performance bringing this bond book to life. again his delivery paints a mental picture to make this feel like I've just experience another 5* bond film. loved it