I enjoy James Patterson books and the Private series are first class. I found the female performer painful to listen to and this detracted from my enjoyment, to the point that I had to abandon the story half way through it. The unnecessary over acting and cartoon-like voice characterization was painful. Each time the female protaganist's son appeared in the book, I had to remove my earphones. In fairness the performers normal reading voice was pleasant and she read very well, if she could have toned down the performance I would have enjoyed the book.
I grew up in reading Dick Francis and I relished every chapter. 'Even money' was no disappointment, Felix will bring a new generation along to the race course. The narrator (performer) Martin Jarvis is excellent. This is a wonderful story, beautifully told.
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