Sid Halley, the ex-champion jockey turned investigator who appears in Odds Against and Whip Hand, is back and facing new dilemmas and dangers. The opening finds him having uncovered an obnoxious crime committed by a friend whom he, and everyone else, has held in affection bordering on love. On the morning set for the opening of the friend's trial, at which Sid is due to be called as a witness, other people's miseries explode and send him spinning into pulverizing days of hard, rational detection and heart-searching torments. Troubled, courageous, and unwilling to admit defeat, for Sid Halley it is business as usual.
©1995 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
I have listened to all of Dick Francis' more than 40 books. The plot line of this one is gruesome, but fairly imaginative. Of course, Sid, the main character, gets attacked. That's standard fair in most DF stories. The sub-plot of the sick child is touching and is woven well into the main plot.
The range of Tony Britton's voice is impressive. He does several british accents very well, and moves easily between male, female and child voices.
The experience of the story is greatly enhanced by Tony's narration.
The four star rating is due to uneven sound quality in the production. This recording was clearly taken from cassettes, as the sound quality quickly shifts from crisp and clear to muffled. You can still hear the entire story.
Without regard to production quality, I highly recommend this book.
If you like one Dick Francis mystery, you will probably like them all (if you get a good reader - which is usually the case fortunately). He wrote four mysteries featuring ex-jockey Sid Halley: Odds Against (1965); Whip Hand (1979); Come to Grief (1995); and Under Orders (2006). Even though the books span 40 years, the elapsed time within/between all the stories is about 3 or 4 years. Technology advances with the times from book to book and we aren't supposed to notice that as readers. After all, it's really the mysteries and Francis' quality writing that we're here for, isn't it?
I enjoyed this story. Sid Halley is an interesting character. The reader was good with different voices for characters. Recommend it.
Have only listened to the audio version.
Many other Francis books
Always well done.
It showed as in real life that celebrities can be involved in real life. As in life many celebrities are put on higher planes were they are viewed as above reproach, but we all need to come to the realization that celebrities are human and capable of being criminals.
"Excellent, as usual!"
I enjoy Dick Francis immensely. This book did not disappoint. Sid Halley is a likeable character, and Dick Francis lifts the lid on this private man, giving us a glimpse of the true character beneath the rock-like, fearless facade he presents to the rest of the world.
His affection for the little girl with leukemia is touching. Dick Francis really seems to understand what makes people tick, and there is always a heart-warming portrayal of the goodness and honesty of ordinary people, contrasted with the face of true evil in his villains.
As always, Francis' love and respect for horses is very much in evidence - the special relationship which can come about only through intimate association with these extraordinary creatures over many years. This is, indeed, classic Francis, and a book I shall enjoy listening to again and again.
Tony Britton cannot be faulted as the narrator of the Dick Francis novels. He is just right in every way, and brings out the different characters beautifully. I can't imagine anyone else reading them!
Typical Francis. His almost anti-hero is the key role. Imaginative and well paced. Well worth the read.
Quality of sound recording spoilt a good story. Have always enjoyed Dick Francis books. Bolinda should check their sound recordings.
"Good story - shame about the hiss!"
I really enjoyed this story but the annoying constant background hiss was really off putting
"Entertaining and interesting"
A bit laboured at times yet equally pacy in other sections. I enjoyed the story overall and having heard other titles by this author would recommend it. Perhaps the narrator doesn't seem so accomplished or convincing as another I've heard read these stories.
"Poor sound. Very good story."
Good story but sound poor quality . Audible should check standard of sound as this was not good value for money.
"Another good yarn from Dick Francis"
Yes I would because the characters are believable and interesting
Sid is because he is very human
Good reading style and a relaxing voice
I have been a fan of Dick Francis for almost 20 years now, I whave read and re read all of his books. The narrative form has ticked every box, when reading we enter our own imagination. The narrator has his voices down to a tee. I throughly recomennd to any one. five stars.
This is an excellent book, got me through some long car drives. Another fantastic Dick Francis book
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