A game of canasta turns out crooked, and a golden girl ends up dead. Auric Goldfinger, it seems, is a bad loser at cards. He is also the world's most ruthless and successful smuggler of gold. As James Bond follows his trail he discovers that Goldfinger's real game is the heist of 15 billion dollars of US government bullion. The final hand is played at Fort Knox, in a spectacular display of deception and intrigue.
Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Hugh Bonneville.
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It's up there among the best. I've listened to this read by Rufus Sewell in the past which was excellent, and I feared listening to the 'Earl of Grantham' do Bond may feel odd, but the narration was great.
This Flemming at his best. Bond is on excellent form having been on night duty for a number of months and when he gets his chance to head out into the field again he grasps it. The golf scene is a real classic.
I liked the fact that I barely noticed it was wasn't Connery. Hugh Bonneville doesn't attempt any awkward Connery impression, he does it in his own style and it works.
Um... The name's Bond, James Bond.
Well worth a listen. You know what you're getting if you're a Flemming fan, if you're not, this is a great place to start.
Fantastic. The best Bond book I've listened to so far. Bond is the same as in the others, yet completely different. There's something different about this book, Goldfinger is incredible and the narrative is superb. Definite 5 stars.
well read, well written really engaging story
nearly as good as from Russia with love - in my opinion
good pace, narration doesn't distract from the story but his performance draws you in.
Bond better than Reacher
one of my favourites - if they made the Bond films more like the books we would have much better films
Most people are familiar with the Bond stories through the films, and probably then compare the book to the film as opposed to the other way round, and i was pleasantly surprised how close in essence the two are to one another.The Seventh Bond novel is very much still a product of the author's era and attitudes to women etc are refreshingly 'un-pc.'Goldfinger was next book written after Dr No is contrastingly different. Where in Dr No we only meet the main antagonist near the end of the book Goldfinger is introduced almost immediately. And Bond struggles to really gain his confidence.The round of golf is very descriptive, although again, maybe the terminology is a little dated, but that adds to the charm of the book.Theres a very mid 20th century feel to the book and certainly for this 30year old listener really captures a time period that has long since gone. You can tell that Fleming is writing about countries and areas he is fond of both in the UK and in Europe.
James Bond for all is faults and out dated opinions is still one the best charters ever written.
Bonneville's characterisation of Bond and the other main characters really dials into the era and the mood of which Fleming wrote this novel. Having listened to the previous Reloaded releases (I'm doing so in the order or original book release ) Bonneville's reading is definitely, so far, the best reading from the series. Both in his characterisations and emphasis.
The game of golf gave a great in sight to both Bond and Goldfinger,
The audio quality of the narration is very good, and doesn't suffer from as much sibilance as a couple of the other Bond reloaded novels do.
Enjoyed Hugh's story telling - Ian Fleming's writing was of it's time and interesting to see the contrasts and similarities with the movie. Overall a definite recommendation.
Not having read Fleming's novels since the '60s, I'd forgotten how faithful the film is to the original book. Lots of action at the start, with a strong plot and the introduction of the intriguing Mr Goldfinger at a rigged card game. Hugh Bonneville has a good voice and narrated well, but Toby Stephens would have brought more drama and characterisation to it.
Once the thrilling set-up was done the story started to drag about two-thirds of the way through, during the long-winded and ridiculous section where Bond and his cardboard girl act as secretaries to the villain (what, this mega-millionaire can't afford to hire his own secure staff?) and it went downhill from there. It lost its grip, and by the time the rather unexciting raid on Fort Knox happened I couldn't wait for it to be over. I realise Fleming wrote this in the late 1950s, but his neanderthal views on women in general and lesbians in particular added to my 'thumbs down' reaction.
I greatly enjoyed listening to Goldfinger - the best one so far. The character of Goldfinger is described exactly how you see him in the film - reflecting his mannerisms and banter he has with James Bond. The book is packed full of action, suspense and drama. I highly recommended listening to this book a real Bond classic.
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