• Role of Honour

  • James Bond Series
  • By: John Gardner
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"People notice things and word around Whitehall is that Commander Bond is living a shade dangerously - gambling, the new Bentley, er...ladies, money changing hands...."

Following scandal and his shock resignation from Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, James Bond becomes a gun for hire; able, and willing, to sell his lethal skills to the highest bidder. And SPECTRE, it seems, are eager to have the disgraced British super spy on their payroll.

But before he can be fully embraced by his new employer - and deadliest enemy - 007 must first prove his loyalty. And in doing so he must threaten with nuclear annihilation everything he has fought his whole life to defend. Until honor is fully restored....

Gardner's stunning reinvention of Bond secured critical acclaim and blockbusting sales around the world. Role of Honour, the fourth book in the series, kept 007 at No.1.

©1984 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under license by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

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Very Good and relevant 007

Fine story by Mr. Gardner with believable characters and Bond at his Best! I enjoyed the ride via podcast.

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So so

Somewhat dated story lines but still entertaining.
The technology the story uses as its base is amusing compared to today.

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boring pointless bond story

this book has no purpose. it's slow, boring, and low stakes for Bond. I can't recommend at all

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  • etienne
  • 07-14-20

tripe

steer clear of this complete and utter turkey, I lost IQ pts as a result of listening to this

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  • Mark M
  • 03-30-22

Not the most exciting 007 adventure

There was always something exotic about the Fleming Bond stories even the ones set in England. And even though the books are now over 60 years old there is a romantic timelessness about them.
However all that seems to be lacking from
this John Gardener story.
It might be the era in which this story is set but the terminology of the burgeoning computer industry makes it sound very dated.

The story isn’t quite as exciting as previous stories, it’s an interesting concept; world chaos not through annihilation but through disarmament but that revelation comes too late in the story and there doesn’t feel like much immediate peril for Bond.
Simon Vance does a good solid performance but I’m pretty sure one of the female characters changes nationalities in the last third of the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-21

not bad at all.

I would have prefered for the book not to have American words in like airplane, route and the like. Other than that, not bad at all.

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  • theryanwatkins
  • 03-30-21

great bond story

Simon Vance brings bond to life and the plot itself is original and exciting. another great showing from bond.

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  • Riff
  • 02-01-21

Gardner's first Bond lacks punch

Sadly one of the more disappointing of the Bond stories. Gardner concocts a lacklustre plot, featuring a new head of Spectre, with a finale that does not fail to disappoint. Some elements are good, but the overall book lacks the energy of Flemming and other Bond authors. Sadly too, Simon Vance's older, dusty-voiced narration is less suited to the subject than many other of the Bond narrators in the series. Still, there are some interesting points to the book and it's not completely washed out but probably one for completists rather than casual listeners.

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 10-01-19

Nothing special but perfectly good.

Fairly standard for this sort of Bond book. Plenty of description, a nonsense villain and some cars and women. If you want some entertaining pulp this is for you! I enjoyed it.