Doctor No by Ian Fleming
Published by: Penguin (reprint)
Published on: August 2002
Page Count: 240
My Reading Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible using monthly credits
Audiobook Published by: Blackstone Audio
Narrator: Simon Vance
Audiobook Length: 7 hours 13 minutes
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook
Note: In one of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels you’re far away from the politically correct. Doctor No is no different. In addition to the typical sexism, Fleming very much stereotypes the Chinese.
My Mini Review
James Bond has been in his fair share of scrapes, but he has met his match in both villian Doctor No and Bond girl Honeychile Rider. This book had almost the perfect mixture of character development and adventure. Quarrel, Bond’s friend we first encounter in Live and Let Die returns. As soon as his name was mentioned I took it as an omen that I would enjoy this novel. His role in this novel leads to one of the most touching moments I’ve found in an Ian Fleming novel. In addition to bringing back a favorite character, Fleming wrote my favorite Bond girl thus far in Honeychile Rider. From the nude shell seeker to the independent woman (no, James, she’s not a girl) who kept herself safe from Doctor No’s games, I thought she was sensational. My only complaint about her is her name, which is hardly her fault. Finally, Doctor No is a sadistic, evil bastard and, quite honestly, that’s just the way I like my villains. All the better to see them get their just deserts in the end.
I read Doctor No as part of Shaken, Not Stirred, a Simon Vance/Ian Fleming audiobook challenge, and really enjoyed it. It is not surprising that Simon Vance has given a consistent performance throughout the James Bond series. This is one James Bond novel I can see myself listening to again.