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3.0 out of 5 stars A Two Sided Coin, 31 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Goldfinger (Audio CD)
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Lets face it Bond is a git. Ruthless with everyone, he treats women with disdain & for the most part as `objects'. He at least accepts them as human which he rarely does with foreigners whom he often describes in animalistic terms.
Flemings own views? No idea really but it is quite possible seeing as how that's the way many who lived 50 years ago felt.
So do we throw out every non-PC work as being unacceptable? Nope, we make our own minds up about whether to read, watch or listen. This book is not propaganda it's fiction & was simply meant to be read as such.

Bond is in a reflective mood in `Goldfinger'. His latest kill has triggered some ennui & he feels tired of it all. Looking to get away from his job for a day or two he accepts a `private' job for a millionaire who feels he's being cheated at cards & wants Bond to investigate. The cheater is none other than Arch villain Auric Goldfinger himself. Every bit as ruthless as Bond & absolutely potty about Gold. a long game of cat & mouse is played out all the way to a well plotted denouement at the US gold reserves in Fort Knox.
This is nothing like the action packed shoot `em up the film was. Far more intrigue & plotting than outright fisticuffs.
The best moments are to be found in Bonds reflection upon himself & what's going on around him. Once he begins to interact with other characters he becomes the rather unlikeable bigot other reviewers have pointed to.
Flemings strengths are his descriptive powers & eye for detail. He paints a picture of his day with precision & flair. The action when it arrives is taught & without emotion. The scope of his imagination is pretty wide to & allows for some OTT moments. His narration is great but where he falls down is often in voicing his characters who can sound too much of their era.

Hugh Bonneville reads superbly well. The crisp & almost clinical detailing suits his voice & although his accents vary in ability he keeps them low key and they don't intrude. His pacing & diction are excellent and for my money he makes for one of the best readers in this series.

While the unabridged versions are great I do wonder if abridged versions with tighter storylines and some careful editing may not have been an extra option? Costs I suppose & those who would cry `foul' but it would reduce the daunting task of an 8 hour listen.

Still, this represents good value for money & is nicely presented.
PC it ain't & if that is likely to bother you then maybe a look elsewhere would be better. If you can ignore the social mores of it's day that society no longer accepts then this make for an interesting tale in the Bond catalogue. Not the greatest but worth a listen.
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2013 17:18:44 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Yes i agree Hugh Bonneville reads this audiobook very well & lifts the quality as the novel I'd rate just 2 stars.
Very enjoyable review.
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