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Break In | [Dick Francis]

Break In

Dick Francis was a jockey and horse trainer for many years. His experience gives his questrian mysteries an authenticity that has attracted fans around the globe. To honor him, the Mystery Writers of America named Dick Francis a Grand Master for his impeccably crafted contributions to the genre. Jockey Kit Fielding has been riding the de Brescous horses in a succession of triumphs on the race course. But this winning streak is about to end. Kit’s twin sister, Holly, has come to him in desperation. Threatened by financial scandal, she and her husband may lose their training stables.
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Publisher's Summary

Dick Francis was a jockey and horse trainer for many years. His experience gives his questrian mysteries an authenticity that has attracted fans around the globe. To honor him, the Mystery Writers of America named Dick Francis a Grand Master for his impeccably crafted contributions to the genre. Jockey Kit Fielding has been riding the de Brescous horses in a succession of triumphs on the race course. But this winning streak is about to end. Kit’s twin sister, Holly, has come to him in desperation. Threatened by financial scandal, she and her husband may lose their training stables. Kit soon finds, though, that a greater danger lurks behind the threat - one that could be fatal.

Narrator Simon Prebble has received enthusiastic praise for his superb performances of the Dick Francis novels. His sophisticated British voice is perfect for Kit Fielding, the elegant duchess who employs him, and the other polished residents of the horse racing world.

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

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    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 10-26-12
    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 10-26-12

    mystery writer

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    "One of the Best Audio Books Ever!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Break In to be better than the print version?

    I read all of Dick Francis's books as a youth, but now because I loved them so much I'm listening to all of them and loving them. This particular book is one of the best narrated (and written) books I've experienced, and I'm going to miss it dreadfully now that it's over! I love Simon Prebble's interpretation of all the British voices - each is distinct and so well-rendered. Outstanding, simply outstanding!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kit Fielding, without a doubt!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That's a tough one to pick... there were SO many great scenes. I guess if pushed I'd pick the scene where Kit and Bobby find Jay Erskin and the other guy trying to remove the wire tap device from the Allardeck's roof. Great action!


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

    Absolutely. I had to tear myself away from it every time I ran up against a deadline.


    Any additional comments?

    The rendering of the various British accents, handling of youth vs. elderly ages, women vs. men's voices... beautifully done! Kudos to an outstanding narrator, and of course, to the amazing talent of the late Dick Francis.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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 First"

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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Francis BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 01-04-14
    Francis BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! I am retired. I was born January 27, 1945. I enjoy listening and read books. Mystery/thrillers are my favorite.

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    "I love this story"
    If you could sum up Break In in three words, what would they be?

    Kit, my hero.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, wasn't sure how all the parts would be able to come together with all the right people still alive. Lot's of great tension and suspense.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes I have listened to Simon Prebble, in-fact that's partly why I chose the book. Simon always tells a great story.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 01-15-14
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Really very good!"

    I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. When I bought it, I didn't have high expectations, but I quickly realized, that I'd found a gem!

    The story is great. I suspected the culprit once or twice, but the ending came as a big surprise. But, it wasn't the ending so much, as following our hero's journey as he came to his conclusions that was the best part of this story. His thoughts and deductions were logical and methodical.. It was great fun to tag along with him.

    The narrator was excellent. I never had to rewind.. to go over a part again. His timbre and diction were easy to follow and made the book that much more enjoyable.

    Yes, I'd recommend this to anyone that enjoys a great mystery and following along with the deductions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 04-16-14
    Linda ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice story but nothing special"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?


    Would you recommend Break In to your friends? Why or why not?

    Was good enough to pass the time when nothing else was available. Story was nothing memorable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Albuquerque, NM United States 03-26-14
    Alice Albuquerque, NM United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Exceptional"
    Would you listen to Break In again? Why?

    While I think that I have read nearly all of Dick Francis' books, this audiobook has inspired me to experience them all again...and it is as though the stories are new. The narration by Simon Prebble is exceptional and fits neatly with Francis' work. Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 02-26-14
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 02-26-14 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Francis Delights"

    If you haven't read any Dick Francis before, this is an easy start to his writing. The main character, as is true in all of Francis' books, is a jockey with an aptitude for sleuthing. The book contains all of the right ingredients: a crime and puzzle that need solving, a love story, strong secondary characters, horse stories and suspense mixed with danger -- all delivered with charm. This is the Francis formula and he does it very well.

    The storyline includes a number of possible villains (some of whom turn out to be guiltless). The listener needs to pay particular attention to these characters or the ending will be confusing. I think this is an important part of any mystery and Francis delivers on it.

    My only quibble is with the main character's seemingly unending capacity to forgive slights, some deep and mean and some others merely minor but irritating things. There is a multi-generation family feud, a la Hatfields and McCoys, that our hero seems to be unrealistically able to overcome and overlook.

    If you are looking for a deep book imbued with life learnings, this is not what you want. If you are, instead, looking for an interesting plot with enjoyable characters told by a masterful storyteller, you've found it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 01-16-14
    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2007
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    What made the experience of listening to Break In the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed hearing the jockey's perspectives on the horses and racing industry. The mystery was interesting as well with a little romance thrown in.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    The narration was well done.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 09-08-14
    Deborah 09-08-14
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    "Dick Francis is one of my favorite authors"
    Where does Break In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you like Dick Francis, this book is one of his very best. I'd give it a very high rank.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Our hero - Kit - and also, the Princess.


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

    Can't decide - he did a great job with them all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It felt like I'd been on a trip to England and to the races but didn't make me laugh or cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall very happy with this book. Love the author and thought the performance was top notch!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 08-05-14
    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 08-05-14 Member Since 2008
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    "enjoyable read"

    I love horses and mysteries, but the two don't always mix well. Dick Francis does it right. The main character loves horses, and expounds on the personalities of the different animals in a sympathetic way. The mystery develops and resolves slowly - no real AHA moment, but a very satisfactory resolution. I love Simon Prebble's reading - good intonation, understandable, and he doesn't overdo the differences in the voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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