We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Bolt Audiobook

Bolt

Regular Price:$21.52
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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.

©1986 Dick Francis (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (350 )
5 star
 (188)
4 star
 (106)
3 star
 (38)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (7)
Overall
4.3 (316 )
5 star
 (172)
4 star
 (87)
3 star
 (44)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (5)
Story
4.5 (315 )
5 star
 (197)
4 star
 (89)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Terilyn Denver, Colorado 04-13-15
    Terilyn Denver, Colorado 04-13-15

    Autumn Journal

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    268
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An old favorite"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sam 09-13-15
    Sam 09-13-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story but even more outstanding narration!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    katrine 03-08-15
    katrine 03-08-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    69
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A great read"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth to wich the story and the characters are created is amazing


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I head it as fast as I could, beacue the story was compelling and the narater brilliant


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bocabarb 01-31-15
    Bocabarb 01-31-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fabulous book."

    Love the book. Simon is the BEST narrator. He brings the story to life. I'll be reading more by Dick Francis.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gail 01-03-15
    Gail 01-03-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Always reliable"

    Good story. Hangs together. Characters just quirky enough to be interesting. And nice twist at the end. What's not to like?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elaine 12-02-14
    Elaine 12-02-14 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    41
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    294
    27
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Vintage Dick Francis"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Doug Wilkie 11-24-14
    Doug Wilkie 11-24-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    49
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    188
    129
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Good Story by A Great Mystery Writer"
    What made the experience of listening to Bolt the most enjoyable?

    I love Disk Francis Mysteries. He was a truly good writer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bolt?

    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.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have listened to a few of Mr. Prebble's narratives. I have enjoyed his reading, he helps bring the books to life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Toni 11-23-14
    Toni 11-23-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Dick Francis is the best!"
    Where does Bolt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dick Francis is a master story teller that weaves all the pieces together by the suspenseful end of his tales.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    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!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I wanted more at the same time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jayma 12-20-14
    Jayma 12-20-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "First book I didn't bother to finish"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Customer 08-28-16
    Customer 08-28-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    431
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent writing and excellent narrator."

    Break In and Bolt are the two Dick Francis books that tell the story of Kit Fielding, his life as a racing jockey, and crimes involving the world of racing. Each can stand alone, but are richer if read in order.

    Break In introduces Kit, his racing background and, most important, his character as an honorable man. Bolt concludes our peek into his racing and personal life. Both are so well written the reader has no trouble feeling they are in the stable yard or at the racecourse.

    I started reading Dick Francis in my early 20's. I am almost 70 and his writing has stood the test of time. He, along with PD James, are masterful contemporary crime writers who can tell stories that pull readers back to their books again and again.

    Simon Preeble is outstanding, as usual. I have all his narrations in the Dick Francis collection available at this time. I'm looking forward to adding the other narrators in due time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.