• You Only Live Twice

  • James Bond, Book 12
  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (474 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

James Bond seems unable to function after the death of his wife. Determined to restore 007 to the effective agent he used to be, M sends him on a mission to Japan, to the mysterious "Castle of Death", and into the lair of an old and terrifying enemy. For Bond and Blofeld, this will be their final encounter. Only one of them can survive.

This audiobook includes a bonus interview with Martin Jarvis.

Blackstone Audio, Inc. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under license by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd

©1964 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Speak of next year and the devil laughs

I’ve found that one must try and teach people that there’s no top limit to disaster – that, so long as breath remains in your body, you’ve got to accept the miseries of life. They will often seem infinite, insupportable. They are part of the human condition."
- Ian Fleming, You Only Live Twice

Ian Fleming took James Bond off the interstate of his more traditional espionage novels with the last couple books. 'You Only Live Twice' is Fleming putting James back into the "game". The settting for most of this novel is Japan. Bond is hunting (for the Japanese) Dr. Guntram Shatterhand, who turns out to be Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE. It is interesting enough, but seems a bit dated with the NINJA scenes and Yellow Face.

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Not this narrator...

Love the Bond books, and this one is good, but the narrator killed it for me.

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thrilling story lines

finally I thought this was a great great novel by a great writer I had a lot of difficulty with the Japanese pronunciations of the reader The Voice inflections of Tanaka where most annoying to me and incorrect Japanese pronunciations of words drove me crazy. but the finale is truly wonderful

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The worst Bond novel

I’m a fan of the series and was really excited for the conclusion of the Bond/Blofeld rivalry, but this was by far the worst book in the series and one of the worst novels I’ve ever read.

The performance was...a bit too flamboyant for my tastes. It took me out of the story repeatedly, which is unusual.

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So Good...

So much better than the film, and I love the film. I'm reading all of the Fleming Bond books in order, and I've loved them all. This one is one of the best so it is almost frustrating that I'm about to complete the series. As good as it is alone, read previous two first, as this novel makes up the final book in the "Blofeld trilogy." Martin Jarvis does a spectacular job narrating! Enjoy!

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Very exciting and interesting.

I enjoyed this book very much so exciting and fun the banter between Bond and Tiger.

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Bond, Blofeld, and Bushido

"You Only Live Twice" is another excellent 007 novel. It opens with a depressed James Bond, mourning the loss of his wife at the end of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." He is given one last chance to prove his worth to M, which leads to him taking a job from the head of the Japanese Secret Service, a job to eliminate a mysterious Swiss scientist. This scientist has created a horrific theme park of death, filled with poisons, geysers and fumaroles, and piranhas. The story is one of revenge, set in a culture e timely different from the one Bond comes from. Ian Fleming has done an excellent job of describing Japanese culture, including that of the Amo people, which itself is distinct from the rest of the country. Martin Jarvis does a good job with the narration, and the voice he lends to Tiger Tanaka is particularly entertaining.

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Good Character Acting

I felt Martin Jarvis did a spectacular job with the Japanese characters in particular. His Tanaka and Henderson were wonderful. His Bond left me wondering a bit, and I could never quite draw the character in my mind. It was a good performance, though a difficult one.

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A marvelous bond of writer and reader

Ian Fleming's prose is much more than it needs to be. Tender. Gripping. Transporting. And, Martin Jarvis brings it all to life with consummate skill. Wow! Must listen to another.

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great read

I have read this book befor years ago but reader doese an excellent job bringing it to life