I read all of Dick Francis's books as a youth, but now because I loved them so much I'm listening to all of them and loving them. This particular book is one of the best narrated (and written) books I've experienced, and I'm going to miss it dreadfully now that it's over! I love Simon Prebble's interpretation of all the British voices - each is distinct and so well-rendered. Outstanding, simply outstanding!
Kit Fielding, without a doubt!
That's a tough one to pick... there were SO many great scenes. I guess if pushed I'd pick the scene where Kit and Bobby find Jay Erskin and the other guy trying to remove the wire tap device from the Allardeck's roof. Great action!
Absolutely. I had to tear myself away from it every time I ran up against a deadline.
The rendering of the various British accents, handling of youth vs. elderly ages, women vs. men's voices... beautifully done! Kudos to an outstanding narrator, and of course, to the amazing talent of the late Dick Francis.
I loved the narration and the writing. The prose was unobtrusive, clear, direct, and moved the story along quickly. Dialog was very natural. The mystery - where is Natalie and what happened to her - was incredibly enticing! Well done!
Absolutely! I could not wait to listen to more of this book every time I had to stop - I simply loved it.
Jake Sanders was the main protagonist and my favorite - well drawn and real. I loved his devotion to Natalie, even after six years of... nothing!
I would have done so if I could stop life and get off for a while - yes, it was that good!
This was my first Scott Brick (narrator) novel, and I found myself completely enamored with his style and interpretation. Bravo! It also was my first Harlan Coben novel - I will be after more books in his stable shortly!
It would depend. This book is long and sometimes torturous, extremely literary (i.e. many words not commonly known by today's average reader, and many excursions into strange side lines). I think today's reader might find it too long and (sorry to say) boring in places. I found the poetry of the author's words to be quite beautiful. The topic was terribly disturbing, of course, but the view inside the predator's mind was fascinating.
I loved Jeremy Irons' narration. His inflections were beautifully done and his French was perfect! Kudos for a wonderful job.
Since the book was told in first person, it would be hard to choose anyone other than the main character - "Humbert". I loved how he depicted Dolores (Lo, Lola, Lolita) but the disturbing inner mind of H. was the best!
No way. It was too long, too hard to assimilate except in bursts of say one hour each. I know this probably goes against all literary history, since the book was on a top 100 list for the century, or something like that, LOL. But compared to today's fiction, it was heavy and hard to get through at times. That said, I still enjoyed the process!
I normally listen to mysteries, suspense, thrillers, etc. So I suppose my opinions here are limited in scope. If I always listened to literary fiction I would likely have been better prepared. I only bought it because it was on sale for $4.95 and I liked the sample from Mr. Irons! LOL.
Also, I'd like to say that as a father of three girls, I really had a hard time with the narrator's sick perversion - his sexual attraction to young girls made me very upset. I tried hard to put the thoughts away and tell myself it was just fiction, but I struggled with that quite a bit. So be forewarned if this stuff bothers you, even fictionally!
I loved the author's voice/writing. Perfect, in my humble opinion. Straight forward, tightly crafted, brilliantly done.
I loved the mystery of not knowing how the hell the protagonist got away from the "freak." We know she's free at the start of the story, but the agony of her trials and how she escaped (and who was behind it all) were magnificently revealed in a chapter at a time, told through patient to psychiatrist.
Angela Dawe is one of the finest narrators I've yet heard. Kudos for representing the author in an authentic, sensitive, and delightful manner. Outstanding job!
Any book depicting abuse makes me cringe. Yet I also loved the way the author showed how almost human the freak could seem from time to time. Horrible, yet. But at times, almost likeable for short bursts of time. Well done, Ms. Stevens!
I'll be looking for more books by this talented new author. ;o)
I already have! Just wrote a blog piece about how incredibly wonderful these Simon Prebble narrations of Dick Francis's books are! I am so in love, or should I say, falling in love all over again with these stories. I have been totally entranced, and often want to prolong my morning walk so I can listen further. ;o)
I loved the whole background them of wine and whiskey, but what completely captivated me was Francis's well-drawn character of Tony Beech, who suffered deeply for many terrible reasons, but who put on a brave face in spite of his losses and insecurities. I found Prebble's interpretation of this character's most inner thoughts to be masterful. I'm still sad that it's all over...
Tony Beech - by far. Francis portrayed him subtly - yet it was so poignant, and so nicely meshed with the mystery that there was no distraction from suspense or feeling of "why are we going here?" The revelations - beautifully done - were spaced perfectly within the action/mystery.
When Tony Beech, British wine merchant, witnesses a tragic accident during a high-society garden party, he is drawn into a world of treachery and danger with enough twists and turns to satisfy the most gourmet mystery fan.
I wish I could shake Mr. Prebble's hand. He is simply brilliant.
This would be one of my top audiobooks to recommend. Outstanding quality, story, performance. One of my all time favorites from an already favorite author from way back. I wish Mr. Francis were alive to share my reviews with - I am so grateful for his insight, talent, and inspiration to all writers. ;o) (He passed in Feb. 2010)
Absolutely. I couldn't wait to see what happened next, and to find out how Lee Morris would get out of each scrape.
Mr. Prebble is by far one of the best narrators I've ever heard. Not only are his voices (all in various British accents) distinct and memorable, but his insight into Dick Francis's characters hearts and souls is perfection. Utter perfection!
Without a doubt. I cursed interruptions, including having to go to work!
One of the finest stories and readings of all time. Highly recommended.
I'd like to re-listen to all of these Travis McGee books. I'm on my fifth and will listen to them all, just like I read and re-read them years ago. ;o)
Well, of course, the other Travis McGee books in the series. This recording was delightful.
I loved all the scenes with Chookie and Arthur, and her sweet ways of helping him heal. She is a wonderful character.
Boo Waxwell was a wonderful, horrible villain. I loved the nastiness MacDonald created in this bad guy!
John D. MacDonald's writing is the ultimate in the craft. He's been my own (writer's) hero since I began reading his work decades ago. Yet now, I can be intimately engaged in his world through the brilliant interpretation of Robert Petkoff. Unbelievable talent - this man has more "accents" than most actors in Hollywood. I'm hooked for good and have bought and listened to many of the books and intend to buy them all, even though I read the print books years ago over and over again.
My favorite aspect of this particular title was the love Travis cultivated for Nora, and the scene painting he accomplished in Mexico.
All of the Travis McGee series are comparable, but there was something even a bit more compelling in this title than the rest. Just so intriguing. So sad in parts. So .... John D. MacDonald! (the master...)
I love his interpretations of female voices. It's truly amazing how he moves from one voice to the other (Trav's is very deep) and seems to flawlessly accomplish this transition. I especially loved his Mexican and Jewish Bronx accents!
Absolutely. I want to listen to all the Travis McGee books.
Thank you, Mr. Petkoff, for bringing us a consistent list of all the books with the SAME narrator's voice. It is soothing and comforting to know ahead of time that you will portray our hero, Travis McGee!
In addition to the usual taut suspense and fast-paced action, I loved the mystery of the main character's past. A former nun, now a security agent, Kate Malick is a superb characters with plenty of mysteries of her own. I LOVED this book!
The chase scene through the streets where Kate was helping Chelsea to escape - phenomenal!
I loved her voice, her interpretations of the words, and the way she changed for each character. What a dynamic range of voices!!! Well done!
I was addicted to it!
I'm so glad that Michael Prescott's books are now on Audible. I read them also as eBooks but this way I can get more books into my head when I'm walking and driving. I'm buying them all!
That's a really tough question to answer. I love reading and listening, both for different reasons. But I must say this version of Mr. Prescott's book was beautifully produced. The voices were wonderful and the technical aspects perfect.
I loved the relationship between Tess and Abby. The tension and dialog were spot on. Of course as always the suspense and thrill rides of a Prescott novel were ever present, but I have come to expect and enjoy these elements as a given!
I haven't listened to her other books but may well check them out. She was excellent!
Definitely. Wish I could have but I had to be satisfied with my morning walk (over an hour each day) and my daily commute to work (another hour).
Mr. Prescott is a consummate professional - a fantastic writer with a great track record. I'm now listening to Grave of Angels, his newest. Fantastic!
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