- Audio CD
- Publisher: Penguin; Abridged edition edition (3 Oct. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141804130
- ISBN-13: 978-0141804132
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.4 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 140 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,810,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Goldfinger (CD) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, Unabridged
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Auric Goldfinger is the kind of man Bond loves to hate: cruel, clever, frustratingly careful - a cheat and a crook. So Bond relishes his mission to discover what this man - the richest in the country - intends to do with his ill-gotten gains, and what his connection is with SMERSH, the feared Soviet spy-killing corps. Bond soon discovers that Goldfinger's schemes are not only more grandiose, but also more lethal, than even he could have imagined.
About the Author
Born in 1908 and educated at Eton and Sandhurst, Fleming joined Reuters News Agency in 1931. During WW2 he was Personal Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence at the Admiralty, rising from the rank of Lieutenant to Commander. He built his house, Goldeneye (where he wrote his first Bond novel), in Jamaica when he became Foreign Manager of Kemsley Newspapers. By the time of his death in 1964, he had sold over forty million books, and the cult of Bond was internationally established.
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A truly unlikable villain, really well brought to life in all of his coldness, with some superb scenes of a criminal mind at sinister work and great descriptive writing of scenes and places.
This is gilt-edged Bond magic.
It is good to see the background behind the story - the parts that were either changed or omitted when making the film. For example, the book reveals Felix's background and how he came to be involved with James Bond.
Part of the value of reading the book is that it includes things that could never make it into a screenplay, for example Bond’s thought processes. He is always alert, aware of gestures which are designed to look innocent such as a stranger in the street who casually asks Bond, like a hawker, if he wants a woman. Bond declines, so the stranger offers him dirty photos and reaches into his pocket to pull some out to show him. ‘The gesture of the hand slipping into the coat was so well known to Bond, so full of old dangers, that, when the hand flashed out and the long silver finger went for his throat, Bond was on balance and ready for him’.
You get to see a side of Bond that never comes across in the films. After murdering the above man, Bond says that he doesn’t like killing people. But it is his job. ‘Regret was unprofessional – worse, it was death-watch beetle in the soul’. The quality of the prose is superb.
There is a darkness to Bond that does not come out in the film (though it has started to be expressed in the Daniel Craig films). Bond, at an airport to catch a flight, watches an aircraft take off. ‘The windows in the transit lounge rattled softly. People got up to watch. Bond tried to read their expressions. Did they hope the plane would crash – give them something to watch, something to talk about, something to fill their empty lives? Or did they wish it well? Which way were they willing the sixty passengers? To live or to die?’
The description of the round of golf with the cheating Goldfinger is superb. And, once more, the prose is good, for example: ‘The difference between a good golf shot and a bad one is the same as the difference between a beautiful and a plain woman – a matter of millimetres’ (the same can be said for a man, I must add).
The assault on Fort Knox is far-fetched but that did not stop me from enjoying the book.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
There is a big difference in the character portrayed on screen as to the character on the pages of his books. James is less self assured and does have his doubts to his self belief.
The story in this book is near enough the same as in the film, which might seem obvious, but in many of the books in the series all they have in common with the film is the title!
The writing style is a bit dated compared to modern writers, but that is no bad thing. The books pack in a lot of action in what turns out to be quite short books.
well worth the read.
He survives attacks that would normally kill any soilder and walk away with witty phase or joke. It all escapism as well fast paced writing that pulls you like river current so be warned do not dive in to Bond.
Like a delicious meal with relatives you don't really like, phase out the conversation and just enjoy the atmosphere and the food.
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