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. There are higher stakes than the horses, though. The de Brescous could lose control of their family business as well.
Bolt spent 13 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list. From regal countesses to dapper racing officials, it puts you in the company of truly intriguing characters. The impeccable pacing of this mystery, enchanced by Simon Prebble’s assured narration, is sure to keep you on the alert each step of the way.
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The audio brought back the pleasure of this story after many years. I read the book twenty years or so ago, but the story didn't feel dated.
This is the first book EVER (written or audio) that I didn't finish. I tired on two occasions but just couldn't get into it. I had trouble understanding the narrator's voice and finally just gave up. A major disappointment for me. I've enjoyed Dick Francis' other works but have never tried an audio version of his books. Never again.
First book I've read on horses since Black Beauty & what a pleasant surprise it was. The story is a superb blend of - for me - an introduction to the world of horse racing & it's many facets along with drama & suspension. Tradition is subtly evident but the real gem throughout is the remarkable vocal fluency & dexterity of the narrator. That alone makes for great enjoyment!
The depth to wich the story and the characters are created is amazing
I head it as fast as I could, beacue the story was compelling and the narater brilliant
Dick Francis writes interesting novels with an appealing hero and a villainous villain. Honor and duty play a big part in this short novel and good wins the day. But the plot moves forward with vigor and the characters (other than the villain) are nicely drawn and vivid. Francis writes the racing scenes exceedingly well and I almost feel like I'm on the horse along with the jockey. Light reading and very entertaining.
The narrator is excellent, lending much to the book.
I love Disk Francis Mysteries. He was a truly good writer.
The twist in the story who was killing the horses was revealed. I didn't expect it, I thought he was thrown in to the story to get you off focus.
I have listened to a few of Mr. Prebble's narratives. I have enjoyed his reading, he helps bring the books to life.
One of my favorites.
Dick Francis is a master story teller that weaves all the pieces together by the suspenseful end of his tales.
Simon Prebble is adept at making all characters come to life and you never notice the story is told by only one person. I look for him as a narrator to find new authors books!
Yes, but I wanted more at the same time.
Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
This author was recommended to me as an author who writes mysteries with little or no undesirable language. I avoided his books for quite awhile because I just didn't think I'd enjoy mysteries about horses and horse racing. I listened for about 2 hours, and I'll agree that the language was acceptable - except for one point where a character is upset and he exclaims "J**** Ch****. However, the story just did not interest me. I bought the book during one of Audible's sales, and only paid $5 for it, so I saw it as an opportunity to try a book by this author. Glad I didn't pay more for it.
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