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  • Bolt

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    The privileged world of horse racing, filled with sleek thoroughbreds, burnished leather, and the silken sheen of jockeys’ colors, is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Let best-selling, internationally-popular author Dick Francis take you to the immaculate stables of the de Brescou estate, where dark forces are lurking. Someone is killing the de Brescou racehorses with a “bolt” gun, shooting them silently, leaving no clues. Before the noble family, which includes his fiancée, is torn apart, jockey Kit Fielding must find the assassin.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another Winner for Francis and Audible!"
    "Another Winner for Francis and Audible!"
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    Would you listen to Bolt again? Why?

    I will surely listen to the book again. It is one that I have read several times in hardback version and am sure it will get listened to again!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Dick Francis almost ALWAYS keeps one on the edge of their seat. When I have to put it down, I can't wait to get back into it...


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so.


    Any additional comments?

    You really can't go wrong with Dick Francis...and having the book read by an Englishman is truly a great experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Governess

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Julie Klassen
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    With the stunning prose and engaging characters of The Silent Governess, Christy Award finalist Julie Klassen whisks listeners away to Regency England for a compelling tale of romance and intrigue. Thinking she’s guilty of a crime, Olivia Keene flees her home and stumbles upon a grand estate—and a damaging secret. To ensure her silence, Lord Bradley insists she serve in his opulent manor.

    Simmons says: "Left wanting more like this"
    "Another Winner!"
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    Where does The Silent Governess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Silent Governess ranks right at the top of my listening experience pleasures.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the main character, of course. She was placed in several precarious positions and handled herself extremely well I thought!


    What about Elizabeth Jasicki’s performance did you like?

    I like her voice. That is the first thing I notice, of course. She handled the different characterizations very well also.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Silent...Not so Silent...Governess


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    The catastrophic power of a giant hurricane can raise coastal waves 30 feet high and blow through houses at devastating speeds. For TV meteorologist Perry Stuart, however, such predictions are hypothetical, as he chiefly predicts periods of English drizzle - until a fellow forecaster offers him a Caribbean hurricane-chasing ride in a small airplane as a holiday diversion. But a frightening accident teaches Stuart more secrets than wind speeds.

    Barbara says: "Another Excellent "read""
    "Not My Favorite "Francis" But..."
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    Where does Second Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love listening to Audible audiobooks. I love Dick Francis books. Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed reading and listening to this book; however, having said that, this particular book of his is not my favorite one. But any Dick Francis book is certainly worth the time and effort (and expense) of reading.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was disappointed in the ending. Maybe this is the main reason I didn't enjoy this one of his as much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Sport

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (386)

    When English agent Gene Hawkins told his boss he'd forego his vacation to search for millionaire Dave Teller's prized missing stallion, he didn't know his retainer would include the attention of his boss's beautiful teenage daughter - or Teller's seldom sober wife. He also didn't know that a trail from London to New York to Las Vegas to California would lead eventually to murder.

    Mary A. says: "Another great listen from Dick Francis!"
    "BLOODSPORT IS GOOD SPORT!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have read this book in book format several times. I have also watched the movie made from the book a couple of times. This was the first time I have listened to an audio version. I enjoyed it very much! There are a few of Dick Francis' books that disappointed me, but this was not one of them...excellent story, excellently read.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Courageous: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    Four men, one calling: to serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift....

    Jennifer says: "Excellent!!"
    "A Little Disappointing"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was too long for the content of the story. This was a book written from a movie instead of the other way around. I heard Randy Alcorn (who I very much enjoy) in an interview discussing the challenge of "adding" to the story to provide content for the book. This is pretty evident as you read the book. Alcorn did an excellent job of working the storyline around the screenplay in the absurd amount of time they gave him to do write the book. But what comes over very well in a movie gets redundant in a book made from a movie.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Courageous?

    Finding out which law enforcement officer was stealing drugs was one harrowing moment. I suppose the most memorable moment would be when the little girl was killed and how God used that situation to bring her family closer to Himself.


    Do you think Courageous needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I have all the movies that the church in Albany, Ga. have produced and enjoy them all; however, this movie (Courageous) and the resulting book written from it were a little disappointing. Still worth seeing and reading, but not quite as good as Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Borrowed Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Chris Ensweiler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Richard Kilmer is head over heels in love with Jennifer Ryan, who takes him home to meet her parents, where she accepts his marriage proposal. While visiting, they set out on a nostalgic drive up to Kendrick Falls. On their way, a freak storm rolls in, Richard loses control of his car, and it rolls. When the storm clears in a matter of seconds, Jen is gone. Richard can't find her, and neither can the police who respond to the scene.

    Rowan Mangan says: "Not enough dogs!"
    "A Thoroughly Good Read!"
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    Would you listen to On Borrowed Time again? Why?

    I would indeed. This was a unique book in several ways. The book held my interest and gave me several hours of pure listening pleasure. I re-read books I enjoy quite often. This will be one of the ones I listen to again.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Ensweiler – was your favorite?

    The main character.


    Any additional comments?

    A very different plot here...unique...fresh! The storyline absolutely held you in its grip all the way through.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Odds Against

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Amazing what bodily injury could do for a man. A fall from a racehorse had left brilliant jockey Sid Halley dangerously depressed, with a wrecked hand and the need for a new career. And now a bullet wound was helping him find one. He'd been with a detective agency since his racing accident, but it wasn't until some two-bit hoodlum drilled a slug into his side that he was sent out on a case of his own. That was where he met Zanna Martin, a woman who just might make life worth living again.

    Alex says: "Dick Francis"
    "Hard to Go Wrong with Dick Francis!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Odds Against to be better than the print version?

    Nothing is better than the print version; however, I find I am turning more and more to audio versions due to convenience. I spend so much time in my car that having audio books is wonderful! I also love to listen to books as I do my walking each day.

    I have the books downloaded to my Android phone and that is one thing that ALWAYS goes with me!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Although there are some of Dick Francis' books that are a little better than the others, you can't go wrong reading (or listening) to Dick Francis.

    Odds Against is one of the best! I love all the books that feature the character Sid Halley!


    What about Tony Britton’s performance did you like?

    His reading of the book was expressive and vintage Francis! His tone keeps you interested.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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