A game of canasta turns out crooked and a golden girl ends up dead. It seems that Auric Goldfinger is a bad loser when it comes to cards. He’s also the world’s most ruthless and successful gold smuggler. As James Bond follows his trail, he discovers that Goldfinger’s real game is the heist of fifteen 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.
Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952 at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.
Hugh Bonneville is perhaps best known for his role as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in the hit series Downton Abbey. Other TV credits include W1A, Twenty Twelve, Lost in Austen, Bonekickers, The Silence and Rev. On the big screen he’s been seen in Monuments Men, Iris, Notting Hill, and the James Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies.
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"Fantastic…Nobody else does this sort of thing as well as Mr. Fleming." (Sunday Times)
"A superlative thriller from our foremost literary magician." (New York Herald Tribune)
"Highly entertaining." (New York Times)
"Maniacally readable." (Observer)
"Gilt-edged Bond." (Sunday Times)
I enjoyed this book more than any I've listened to in ages.
Not because of Flemings sexist, homophobic, lesbophobic story (I do appreciate it was the 50's) but because of the fantastic story telling of Hugh Bonneville. He was brilliant! Loads of different character voices done well and repeated well. I honestly thought there were more actors that just him!
"Surprisingly different from the movie"
Great story with a no less great interpretation from Hugh. Was surprised to see a difference in the final narrative that climaxed the story as opposed to the movie, but nonetheless effective at keeping me interested in the story. Goldfinger is still my favorite movie in the franchise, and the book is by now my favorite as well.
"Bond at His Best"
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.
"great story great pace"
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.
"Action Man and Cardboard Women"
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.
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.
A great story, very exciting. Brilliantly read by Hugh Bonneville, one of the best Bond narrations I've heard.
Despite knowing the book and film, this reading made it feel like a completely new novel. Brilliant.
"Better Than The Films"
Exciting, dated, all-the-better-for-it
The way the reader brought the characters to life. I think the Bond stories are best experienced in this format as it's the reader's imagination that provides the mise en scène.
No. The interview with Hugh Bonneville at the end of the story is fascinating. In it he revealed that he relished the challenge of reading the chapter about a meeting of eight gangsters.
These are ridiculous questions – I just want to review the thing in a way that will be of use to potential listeners.
Huge Bond fan. 1st book have listened to out of Bond series. Superb, worth reading or listening to.
"Surprised by so much here"
Expecting a very light read to listen to while engaged on mundane tasks, I quickly realised that - perhaps because Fleming wrote this at the end of the fifties - his style here still had a sort of innocence. Even the baddies (with the exception of poor old Oddjob) have their vulnerabilities and their twisted but believable humanity. And Bond certainly does. He is shown worrying about the violence he has to show in his profession and there are moments of real characterisation never seen in the films.The writing too is surprising, with moments of imagery that lift the book way beyond the mere thriller - as too do the lengthy explanations, saved from being boring by little dramatic moments, about the importance of gold to the British economy in the fifties or the intricacies of really good golf. Yes, the treatment of the girls and lesbianism makes us groan nowadays - but it fits the era and adds a lot of colour to this macho tale.
My favourite chacacter, apart from marvellous James Bond himself, is the Bank of England gold expert, Smithers. As Bond himself says, one can listen to a really enthusiastic expert with interest, whatever the expertise is in. And given the mess we are in with our ever more worthless fiat currency, the long chapter on gold couldn't be more relevant.
I soon forgot the Downton Abbey aristocrat and even Paddington's Mr Brown. Hugh Bonneville brings all the characters alive. Really impressive.
Definitely. I couldn't - but would have done if I could have found enough free consecutive hours.
Don't be put off this audiobook by the awful, heartless modern OO7 brand. This is a really exciting and well written story, beautifully read.
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