Ian Lancaster Fleming was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond novels. The Bond books were written in post-war Britain when the country was still an imperial power. As the series progressed, the British Empire was in decline; journalist William Cook observed that "Bond pandered to Britain's inflated and increasingly insecure self-image, flattering us with the fantasy that Britannia could still punch above her weight." Live and Let Die is the second novel in Ian Fleming's James Bond series of stories, and is set in London, the US and Jamaica. Secret Agent James Bond is on a mission to stop gold coins from being smuggled out of Jamaica. The pirate treasure is being smuggled by a Harlem gangster known as Mr Big, a man from Haiti who uses voodoo to control a large African American community around the United States. Mr Big uses the gold to fund SMERSH, the evil Soviet agency that is Bond's arch-nemesis. Bond heads to New York City to work with his old friend, Felix Leiter. While in New York Bond comes face to face with Mr Big and sees the evil genius in the man's eyes. He also meets Solitaire, a beautiful woman being held captive by Mr Big. The story then moves to Florida where Leiter is attacked by a shark and nearly dies. Bond discovers Mr Big's operation and has to head to Jamaica to put a stop to it… You can listen online to free English audiobook “Live and Let Die” by Ian Fleming on our website.