Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
Published by: Penguin
Published on: August 2009 (reprint)
Page Count: 368
My Reading Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible using monthly credits
Audiobook Published by: Blackstone Audio
Narrator: Simon Vance
Audiobook Length: 8 hours 28 minutes
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook and Audiobook
My Mini Review
James Bond, the sexy spy who can save the world and the prettiest damsel in distress from the jaws of death can be boring. Extremely boring. We begin with a high stakes card game. One such card game in Casino Royale was interesting, but for a second time it felt old. It was cute how he caught Goldfinger cheating, but then we were ushered into another high stakes game between Bond and Goldfinger – golf. I stopped trying to hold back the yawns at that point. While there were some interesting sections as the novel progressed, it never recovered. Goldfinger, even at his most maniacal, did nothing for me. On the Bond girl side, I would have chosen Tilly’s fate if I were her, too. Her sexual preferences weren’t all that kept her from Bond’s bed. His misplaced cockiness was devoid of charm and he was as dull as my grandma’s dish rag. Pussy Galore was a shining light, but alas her role was quite small over this course of this nearly 8 and a half hour audiobook.
I love Simon Vance. He is wonderful at what he does. Even the pull of my favorite narrator could not salvage this book. Less than two hours in and I was begging for mercy. There simply was not enough enemy action and far too much happenstance and coincidence for my taste. Major stinker.