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Goldfinger | [Ian Fleming]

Goldfinger

James Bond is challenged by a maniacal superfiend: the world's cleverest, cruelest criminal. Complications abound. A beautiful golden girl turns up dead, and a friendly game of two-handed canasta turns into a deadly game of survival with ever-rising stakes: 15 billion dollars worth of U.S. government bullion. But 007 knows that Auric Goldfinger's rules remain brutally simple: heads I win, tails you die.
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Publisher's Summary

James Bond is challenged by a maniacal superfiend: the world's cleverest, cruelest criminal.

Complications abound. A beautiful golden girl turns up dead, and a friendly game of two-handed canasta turns into a deadly game of survival with ever-rising stakes: 15 billion dollars worth of U.S. government bullion. But 007 knows that Auric Goldfinger's rules remain brutally simple: heads I win, tails you die.

Shaken? Stirred? Check out 007's other assignments.

©1959 Glidrose Productions, Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Goldfinger is the most preposterous specimen yet displayed in Mr. Fleming's museum of superfiends...maniacally readable...excellent pieces of descriptive writing." (Observer)
"Goldfinger marks a turning point in the series. It separates the early books from the later ones, in that James Bond's character becomes more introspective as Fleming discloses his hero's thoughts more often, thus enabling the reader to dig deeper into Bond's feelings." (Raymond Benson, author of High Time to Kill)

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    linda 09-10-14
    linda 09-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    this is the Ian Fleming I read in book form so many years ago. The narrator is superb and brings the intelligent, quick wit, although often sarcastic Mr. Bond to life. Written in a time when men were men and women were adored, flattered, taken care of, etc., but never would dream of equaling men, Ian Fleming often would put a woman in that situation with that type of mindset for James Bond and then have the woman exceed her expected limitations all the while being guided, driven and possibly coddled by Mr. Bond and still surprising him. In the end the woman goes back to being ordinary, as expected in the era the James Bond lives or she dies and James takes the blame for not protecting her from her own bad choices. It is a world I grew up in and surpassed all expectations which got me a footnote in someone's memory at best but more likely just a raised eye brow. Ian Fleming portrays the social times he lived in and Mr. Bond thrived in a society depicted with precise details. This may be fiction but make no mistake, you will be drawn into a world that follows societal dictates to the letter, giving you a brief glimpse of how far a large part of the world has progressed in respect to what our respective positions are in society whether it be gender, education, ruthlessness or charitable acts. It may appear tongue-in-cheek but underneath an extraordinary writer's brilliant work lies a very real societal structure of the period in time Mr. Fleming writes about. I may love to watch all the 'action' in the James Bond movies but to participate socially, emotionally and intellectually I still have the pulp books of decades ago, the ebooks of the present and have eagerly availed myself of the audiobooks as quickly as they become available. The book may be my long glass of choice out of respect for the decades I have been a James Bond fan, the movies are fun. It is the audiobook that raises the bar with a superb narrator running the gambit of emotions that brings life to the works of a master of story telling ...... Ian Fleming who wrote the James Bond stories. Enjoy..

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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 07-27-14
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 07-27-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "One of the best of the Ian Fleming bond books"

    I might be biased because Goldfinger is my favorite bond movie, but I really enjoyed this book. It is probably the pinnacle of the original James Bond series. The only fault I can find in it is that it is not longer!

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-01-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-01-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "My least favourite Bond"

    Bond himself is great as a character, but this story was disappointing in terms of being difficult to believe. It also lacked action and excitement. It wouldn't put me off trying other Bond books, but it has been the weakest Bond book I have listened to.

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    Amazon Customer 05-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    Excellent audio book! Goldfinger has to one of the best Bond villains. The plot is still excellent even after all these years. I recommend listening to Goldfinger!

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    Ruth 03-31-14
    Ruth 03-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A great reader!"

    Of course I've seen this movie a million times, but having it read was a delight. The reader is great and the book is well worth listening to.

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    Stephen Indianapolis, IN, USA 06-02-08
    Stephen Indianapolis, IN, USA 06-02-08
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    "Good story, but horribly dated"

    Great excitement, and good storytelling, marred by Fleming's outdated views on women, homosexuals, emancipation, foreigners...and pretty much everything else! If you can forgive these flaws (and they are, at times, hard to overlook--every now and then I would stop in my listening and wonder if I actually heard right!) the plot and pacing are fun and the action is...well, Bond. This isn't the movie Bond with unbelievable gadgets but a spy that's a little more bound to reality. Part of the fun is seeing what they used for the movie version and what they left out.

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