The audio book version of SilverFin, the first ‘Young Bond’ novel by BBC comedy writer and thriller novelist Charlie Higson, will be narrated by the author himself…at least according to this listing on Amazon.co.uk. The audio book retails for £12.99 ($20.22 U.S.) and will be released on March 3, 2005, the same day as the UK edition.
Past James Bond audio books have been narrated by 007 veterans such as Joanna Lumley (who played one of Blofeld’s “Belles of Hell” in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) and Samantha “Moneypenny” Bond. Having the author read his own text is a first for a Bond novel, but in this case it’s a choice that makes sense. Besides being a novelist and a television writer, Higson is a talented performer, having achieved success in the BBC production The Fast Show.
Set in the 1930s, SilverFin sees a 13-year-old James Bond investigating mysterious goings-on in a remote Scottish castle where a wealthy American is conducting some very disturbing experiments. This new series of ‘Young Bond’ novels are aimed at capturing a younger demographic of Bond fan, as well as those readers who have made the Harry Potter books such an international sensation.
There are a total of five books planned in the ‘Young Bond’ series.
Pre-order the UK edition of SilverFin (March 3, 2005)
Pre-order the U.S. edition of SilverFin (April 27, 2005)
Pre-order the SilverFin audio book (March 3, 2005)