Del Mar, CA United States | Member Since 2010
This book is typical of the Doc Ford series --it starts off being one thing and then evolves into something else, taking devious twists and turns along the way. And despite the shocking violence there is real heart here, too.
This book will appeal to the fans of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series
George Guidall is the undisputed king of narrators. His performance is layered, complex, and crystal clear.
Certain authors' works seem to come alive more on audio than in print. Dick Francis is one of those. He had a very lean prose style, and that works best in audio because it comes off as 'someone telling you an interesting story' as opposed to books by authors with a more ornate style where it's the construction of words on the page that has the magic. These books are tales told by friends. You can settle in and listen and in doing so hear the thunder of hooves, the cries of the jockeys and the roar of the crowd.
The villain of the piece has a somewhat timeless quality. Even though this novel was written a couple of decades ago, guys like him are everywhere nowadays.
Simon Prebble is perfect for the works of Dick Francis. It was his performance on an earlier edition of BLOOD SPORT that hooked me on both audiobooks and on Dick Francis. Through his narration the individuality and humanity of the characters is evident.
Although I didn't come to tears, the death of one character was deeply moving; and the reading of those scenes was handled in a way that brought the horrors of loss to stinging clarity.
I've become hooked on the Simon Prebble versions of Dick Francis...but as a result I also bought his version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Robert Petkoff has really captured the balance of idealistic optimism and jaded cynicism that defined Travis McGee.
Ray Porter has been reading this series since the beginning and he absolutely nails it. Every line, every character.
Ray's interpretation of Grigor really makes that character scary as hell
Ray is always terrific, but I think he somehow manages to get better every time.
When Ray narrates the scene where Joe and Jamsheed are discussing the photos and discussing children in war.
This is one of the best books in my all-time favorite series of mysteries.
Meyer is always a favorite of mine.
Petkoff brings great skill as a reader but also an actor's insight into individual character. He does a superb job of bringing this cast of characters to life.
Thanks to audible for presenting the entire Travis McGee series in excellent audio productions --and for getting the whole series done and made available so quickly! Bravo!
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