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If you try to assassinate your boss - even though brainwashed at the time - you must pay the price. To redeem himself James Bond is sent to kill one of the most lethal hit men in the world…Paco "Pistols" Scaramanga. In the sultry heat of Jamaica, 007 infiltrates his target's criminal cooperative - only to find that Scaramanga's bullets are laced with snake venom. When the end comes, every shot will count.

This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Kenneth Branagh.

Blackstone Audio, Inc. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under license by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd

©1965 Ian Fleming (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 05-21-18

Not only secret but secure

"The past could be forgiven, but not forgotten – except with the passage of time."
- Ian Fleming, The Man with the Golden Gun

I can't really call this an unfinished novel. It was finished, just not by Ian Fleming. He wrote the first draft and died. So, this obviously is the last James Bond novel. I'm not enough of a Ian Fleming fan to recognize how/where/if the lack of Ian Fleming made a huge difference to the drafting. I think the end of the novel, with Jones refusing certain honors, may not have found their way into the final novel if Ian Fleming were in control through the whole process. It seemed too final, too sentimental.

This novel returns Bond to active duty after losing his memory in the last novel. It also sends Bond back to Jamaica. It was good Bond, just not great bond. Seemed like a comfortable Ian Fleming wrting from a confident spot. The shootout was a bit of a disappointment, but Scaramanga’s last few moments were spectacular.

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Good combination of book and narrator

This is a short Bond novel and feels like it needs a little filling out, which I guess isn't a surprise, as this was the novel Flemming was working on before he died, and he (reportedly) was never really satisfied with the result. However, it still has the structure and characters of a good story, and combined with a wonderful narrator (Kenneth Branagh), it was a very good listening experience. I particularly like this Bond villain, Scaramanga, for his easy attitude and bravado, and I also like the setting of Jamaica in the 60s. The written character of Bond is much more complex and self-reflective than that in most of the Bond movies (even though it's not as fleshed out in this novel), and it's a Bond I like. And there's still good action and attraction, just like people expect of Bond in movies and books.

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  • Brenda
  • CENTRAL POINT, OR, United States
  • 11-24-15

Love Kenneth Branagh

The story is about what you expect from James Bond and a host of villains. Kenneth Branagh makes the story very listenable with excellent characterizations

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Amazing

One of the best audiobooks mostly due to the narrator. Kenneth Branagh is amazing and so good at accents, I actually thought that some characters were played by someone else entirely. Loved the performance!!

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Kevin Branagh Excels!

The Man with the Golden Gun has come to life again for me after having read it for the first time 50 years earlier. Kevin Branagh mastery of storytelling coupled with his prowess for creating believable character voices and personalities is without equal and very entertaining. This was truly fun filled and exciting revisit of a classic Bond thriller.

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Great story

It was better than the movie. It’s plot was more realistic and entertaining than expected.

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Excellent narration by Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh narrates The Man with a Golden Gun superbly. The nuances of the various characters come through, and almost all of his accents are flawless. (His Southern USA accent isn’t great, but I have heard other British actors [and Australian actors] say that’s the most difficult accent for them to master.)

Branagh’s voice also meshes with James Bond’s personality rather perfectly. Ian Fleming’s written James Bond is a much more complex, realistic human being than the Bond of the movies. Branagh’s voicing of James Bond enables us to hear the complexity.

Story-wise, this is a very good book; my only criticism is a SPOILER, so, SPOILER ALERT! The whole thing wraps up rather quickly and is anticlimactic.

As usual, Ian Fleming does a much, much better job than his contemporaries, of avoiding bigotry and sexism, although a small amount does creep in.

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  • EW
  • 10-12-17

Lives up to the high quality 007 work by Fleming

A great book, one of the best in the Bond series. Narrator does an excellent job.