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Stig of the Dump by Clive King

Published September 10, 2022

Stig of the Dump by Clive King

I don’t know why I picked this one up on Audible, probably in a sale of some kind, but I figured as it was a children’s classic that I hadn’t read before, it was worth a listen. This one was ably read by Martin Jarvis, who does a great job at the incorrigible playfulness of a young boy (he does the same with the Just William books). It was a fun story, Barney going on adventures with what may or may not be an imaginary friend… and having to explain it all later to his family and friends. A sweet story.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Ian Fleming

Published June 23, 2021

On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Ian Fleming

In terms of the story, this is one that really aligns so closely with the film you can almost picture every scene, and it’s such a good adventure. I also thought Bond’s decision to marry was so interesting, this is probably one of the least fleshed out women of the series and this is who he chooses to attach himself too, I think it says a lot more about Bond at this time in his life. But that brutal ending was just as harrowing to get through as it was in the film. Great book.