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
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.
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.
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.
Evening and Weekend Manager Lone Star College-Greenspoint Center Houston, TX 77060
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.
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.
It held me from beginning to end. I went back after listening and started at the beginning, and that is rare for me!
Simon Prebble was able to emulate the various characters so it was not confusing who was speaking. His voice and accent were enjoyable.
The love of horses and their jobs and care.
Somewhere in the middle.
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.
People throwing coats under the balcony to save a falling man.
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.
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.
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!
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...
I don't think so.
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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