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.
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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