#403 ~ Doctor No

Doctor No by Ian Fleming

Published by: Penguin (reprint)

Published on: August 2002

Page Count: 240

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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.


  • At 2012.02.24 09:35, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying these. I just can’t get past my dislike of the movies to give one a try.

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    • At 2012.02.24 09:59, Literate Housewife said:

      Since you don’t care for the movies, you’d probably be less inclined to like the books. I would definitely consider these books niche books. I haven’t like them all. You’ll see what I mean with my next review. 🙂

      • At 2012.02.25 19:31, jenn aka the picky girl said:

        I’d have to disagree. If you don’t like the movies, you very may well like the books. I’ve always loved the idea of James Bond, but the movies gave me plenty of pause. The books, though, have been really great, and for the most part, they’re nothing like the movies. But maybe my James Bond love is showing? 😉

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    • At 2012.02.24 12:14, sagustocox said:

      This was one of my favorites of the books I’ve read in this series. I still prefer the movies.

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