• With a Mind to Kill

  • A James Bond Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s third James Bond novel, after Forever and a Day.

It is M's funeral. One man is missing from the graveside: the traitor who pulled the trigger and who is now in custody, accused of M's murder—James Bond.

Behind the Iron Curtain, a group of former Smersh agents want to use the British spy in an operation that will change the balance of world power. Bond is smuggled into the lion's den—but whose orders is he following, and will he obey them when the moment of truth arrives?

In a mission where treachery is all around and one false move means death, Bond must grapple with the darkest questions about himself. But not even he knows what has happened to the man he used to be.

©2022 Anthony Horowitz (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"If your audiobook production is from the James Bond library, make sure to get a narrator who understands the language. So it's no great surprise that Kinnear deftly handles the spy-speak present in author Horowitz's third Bond novel.... Naturally, the Olivier Award-winning Kinnear smoothly provides the many needed British accents. And he is equally adept at supplying the Russian and German accents heard during Bond's overseas imprisonment. What results is an enjoyable thriller with a cinematic flair." (AudioFile)

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Fun listen

Great job bringing all the characters to life. The book didn’t disappoint. Enjoy as much as I did.

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Best Horowitz Bond?

Enjoyed tremendously this latest version of Bond as envisioned by Anthony Horowitz. Not only a cracking good read but also a look into the mind of everyone’s secret agent. Highly recommended!

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A True Bond Adventure

Full Disclosure: I am a staunch Anthony Horowitz fan. Every adult mystery he's written has landed on my Favorites list. And it's no different with his James Bond novels.

If it's James Bond you want, Horowitz will give it to you and make the experience an exciting, suspenseful, and entertaining one. In this novel, Bond is asked to infiltrate the Russian group that recently almost killed him in order to find out what the East Germans are up to, foil their plot and return unscathed. Horowitz creates an interesting Bond adventure that includes mind control, several killings, a bombing, a love interest, and plenty of double-crosses.

The narration by Rory Kinnear is, as usual, perfect.

A true Bond adventure.

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Disappointing

I have loved the other Horowitz Bond books but this one was just “meh”. It was like a bad homage to “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold”.

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James Bond is Back

Writer Anthony Horowitz skillfully presents a new James Bond adventure. Tense with all we expect. Listen for summer relaxation.

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Hits the bullseye!

Dead on, with a surprise ending, true to Bond! Keel them coming. Pitch perfect delivery.

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Like the Ian Fleming books

This is likely one of the best books after Fleming death. Much like how he wrote

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He had me until...

Up to a point this is quite enjoyable. Horowitz pivots off the events of The Man with the Golden Gun and spins an intriguing plot that puts Bond in one of his most dangerous situations. He thankfully dispenses with the book jacket’s opening shock - which no reader will fall for anyway - and launches into a good imitation of Fleming. Rory Kinnear gives a brilliant performance. I was enthralled. And then... Horowitz resorts to what Roger Ebert called The Idiot Plot, where characters do stupid, uncharacteristic things just to move the plot along. Both Bond and the villain simultaneously act like idiots. First, if a ruse is glaringly obvious to the reader, it should be obvious to the hero. Second, no gun owner, much less a trained former military man and secret agent with firearms training, would take on faith that an unfamiliar firearm he was handed was in good order. He would eject the magazine, clear the chamber, and check both the gun and ammunition. It's instinctive, something you do every time you pick up a firearm. That Bond does not do this – twice, in fact - is simply unbelievable. That the villain, a brilliant and perceptive man, would not have expected a trained professional to do this makes his ruse seem simply stupid; it flies in the face of everything he has done up to that point. That he accepts Bond’s explanation for the unexpected outcome is equally unbelievable. These lapses ruined what had been a great read, and mutes the way Horowitz brings various threads together at the climax.

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Bond is not a robot

Horowitz brings humanity to Bond while supporting the brand. Always thought Bond was a psychotic robot of MI6? Let With A Mind To Kill change your feelings about the world's most famous spy. Perfect vacation read for summer time. Action packed, but emotionally satisfying. A+++

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First rate thriller

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