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Bolt | [Dick Francis]

Bolt

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.
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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

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    Pat Houston, TX, United States 10-21-14
    Pat Houston, TX, United States 10-21-14 Member Since 2005

    Evening and Weekend Manager Lone Star College-Greenspoint Center Houston, TX 77060

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    "Another Pleasant Whodunit by a British Jockey"

    Bolt by Dick Francis is a pleasantly paced Whodunit with the intelligent British style that makes reading or listening a pleasure. It fascinates me that a Welch writer who quit school at 15 can write so much better than many American writers who have forced themselves through various graduate degrees. One wonders if it is the water, the latitude, or the educational system.

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    Joyce 10-20-14
    Joyce 10-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The best book he has written!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bolt to be better than the print version?

    I always enjoy the audio more. I have read many of Dick Francis books before getting my
    I-Pod. The readers accent helps me stay in England throughout the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It held me from beginning to end. I went back after listening and started at the beginning, and that is rare for me!


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

    Simon Prebble was able to emulate the various characters so it was not confusing who was speaking. His voice and accent were enjoyable.


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

    The love of horses and their jobs and care.


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    Akela Russia 10-20-14
    Akela Russia 10-20-14 Member Since 2014

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    "story did not age well, but narration is lovely"
    Where does Bolt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle.


    Would you recommend Bolt to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I loved Simon Prebble's narration, he's done a great job, but one has to admit, Francis wrote some other books that were much more interesting, tense and full of action.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    People throwing coats under the balcony to save a falling man.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself is slow and full of logical holes and is way too unrealistic even for a "dick francis".Still I am not sorry I bought it - Prebble really did a lovely job. I'll look for other books he narrated.

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    Truitt Halifax, VA, United States 10-19-14
    Truitt Halifax, VA, United States 10-19-14 Member Since 2009
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    "An unexpected enjoyment"

    Bought this book from the sale page and quite happy with it. Enjoyed the characters and the horse racing back drop. Nice solid story, looking forward to trying another Dick Francis book. Narrator was also quite good.

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    Amazon Customer 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Winner for Francis and Audible!"
    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!

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    Ken Boiling Springs, PA, United States 10-06-11
    Ken Boiling Springs, PA, United States 10-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Read this one Second"

    This is the second of two mysteries that feature Kit Fielding. The first is "Break In." As ever, Francis writes great and Prebble reads great. There's really not much more to say....

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    Ruth Jensen Comox, BC 09-02-11
    Ruth Jensen Comox, BC 09-02-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrific"

    This was one of my first audible purchases many moons ago when it came out on cassette and was abridged at that time. I have been hoping that it would eventually come out unabridged and be read by Tony Britton -- who I think does a great job with the Dick Francis stories. I am still looking forward to hearing it even with a different narrator. Thanks so much for bringing out one of the "archive" stories. I hope you will also produce the sequel "Break In".

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