• Trigger Mortis

  • With Original Material by Ian Fleming
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: David Oyelowo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (422 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Incorporating original, never-before-published material from 007 creator Ian Fleming, New York Times best-selling author Anthony Horowitz returns literary legend James Bond to his 1950s heyday in this exhilarating and dashing thriller.

The world's most famous spy, James Bond, has just returned victorious from his showdown with Auric Goldfinger in Fort Knox. By his side is the glamorous and streetwise Pussy Galore, who played no small part in his success. As they settle down in London, the odds of Galore taming the debonair bachelor seem slim - but she herself is a creature not so easily caught.

Meanwhile, the struggle for superiority between the Soviet Union and the West is escalating. In an attempt to demonstrate Soviet strength, SMERSH plans to sabotage an international Grand Prix in the hot zone of West Germany. At the Nürburgring Racing Circuit, Bond must play a high-speed game of cat and mouse to stop them. But when he observes a secretive meeting between SMERSH's driver and a notorious Korean millionaire, it becomes clear that this is just the infamous organization's opening move.

An orphan of the Korean War, he has a personal reason for wanting to bring America to its knees. He's helping SMERSH decisively end the white-hot space race - but how? With the help of an American female agent, Bond uncovers a plan that leads first to Florida and then to New York City, where a heart-stopping face-off will determine the fate of the West.

This thriller has all the hallmarks of an original Ian Fleming adventure and features welcome familiar faces, including M and Miss Moneypenny. Horowitz delivers a smooth and seductive narrative of fast cars and beautiful women, with ruthless villains and a breathtaking plot that will leave listeners hanging until the very end.

©2015 Anthony Horowitz (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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A politically correct Bond but a bad Bond book

Let me start out by saying that the majority of this book was fairly typical James Bond and had circumstances been different I would have certainly given it a much better review but for me it had two major problems.

I was aware for over 6 months that this book was scheduled for release and had been looking forward to it.

However.

If you are going to write a James Bond book and you are going to proudly state that you are also going to include some of Ian Fleming's original material, why would you write it in a way that almost definitely went against Ian Fleming's vision? Especially if you are going to deliberately situate Bond in his own time.

Part of the legend of James Bond (ignoring the films) is his lifestyle.

So why then would you attempt to impose a 21st century lifestyle?

If Anthony Horowitz has such strong feelings on smoking then why even take on a project where the main character is a known avowed smoker?

There were several anti smoking references in this book which jarred and immediately caused a "suspension of disbelief." Which to me is the biggest crime an author can commit.

That brings me to the second of the major problems I mentioned at the start of this review.

David Oyelowo.

I listened to this person narrate a book before and I thought then that it was one of the most awful things I had ever heard and I was immediately dismayed to learn that he had been chosen to read this book.

Aware that several years had passed since I last heard him I was prepared to give him a chance and to his credit he has improved.

Unfortunately not enough by quite a long shot!

There were several points where he was trying to perform female roles and quite frankly I was reminded of Donald Duck.

And that brings us back to "the suspension of disbelief."

The story (ignoring the above faults) is quite engaging, provided that one doesn't stop to think about it too much.

Because if you do you''ll notice that the route from "A" to "B" and so on is extremely tenuous. And that is where the crime of "suspension of disbelief" really hits home because it's in those moments I found myself thinking about how the plot was strung together.

To my mind Horowitz had a plot but didn't achieve tying that together with the Fleming material.

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Oh Editor, where art though?

Surprisingly amateurish writing from Horowitz, who should know better than to smear adverbs across the page like bugs across a windshield. In future works he should eschew words like "perfectly" and "slightly" altogether, along with "somehow" -- seriously, how did an editor let this slop out into the world?

Narration was also pretty unbearable, guy reads like an overly dramatic 15-year-old doing the voiceover for his own batman/star wars crossover fanfiction.

Overall, big disappointment. Save your credits.

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ok story, uneven reading

The story itself is decent, but almost every 'voice' besides Bond's was terrible and annoying.

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pretty good story RUINED by Narrator

What did you like best about Trigger Mortis? What did you like least?

Enjoyed pretending that it could have been written by Ian Fleming himself (if I squinted a little !)

.. But why oh why did they choose this abysmal narrator?!

What did you like best about this story?

Kept trying to imagine what it could have been if Simon Vance had read this one instead. For ref, he's read all (or nearly all) of the Ian Flaming originals , and even did Ian Fleming's biography.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Oyelowo’s performances?

Never EVER again. I'll go out of my way to avoid books if he reads them.

Do you think Trigger Mortis needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes definitely. Mr Horowitz has what it takes to fill in (most) of Mr Fleming's very large shoes!

Any additional comments?

Is there ANY chance at all, this book could be re-recorded by Simon Vance ? I'd happily pay again for the pleasure !

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Kinder, gentler James Bond = Not Bond At All

The author goes into great detail to describe the automobiles and Bond’s fashion, but this is not the Bond we all know. He may look like him, but the character is not Bond. The author also makes Bond more PC. And spends way too much time on the atrocities committed by the United States as if those of us not responsible for the deeds of a few others that came before us must feel shame, remorse and must forever wear a Scarlet A around our necks because we were fortunate enough to be born American. But honestly, would James Bond have a moment of doubt and spare the life of someone who knowingly took part in the murder of countless others and in the attempt on his own life? Really???

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Disappointing performance

I have enjoyed David Oyelowo In film as an actor but I cannot stress enough how terrible a performance he gives narrating this James Bond installment. He sounds bored while he is reading the majority of the text and his portrayal of the main villain caused me to stop playing The app on several occasions and listen to something else. I ended up purchasing the physical book to get through the story because I just could not stand the narration, it was that bad. Stay away!

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Boring

When is this book going to get going? There's been more coffee drinking than anything else in this story.

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Awful Narrator Awful Story

The person reading the story is terrible. There is one character whose voice is like nails on a chalkboard. It surprises me that someone could be so bad.

Not much to say about the story, it is dumb.

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Would be better with a different narrator..

Would be better with Simon Vance... and a better ending. The car race is worth your time.

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Good story but awful reader

Not at all a bond experience. Narration sounded more like a mid 60's tv show!

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