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Dick Francis's Gamble | [Felix Francis]

Dick Francis's Gamble

Felix Francis co-wrote several horse racing mysteries with his late father Dick Francis before the legendary author passed away in 2010. Taking up the reins for his first solo effort, Felix delivers a captivating tale that franchise fans will thoroughly enjoy. Former jockey Nicholas “Foxy” Foxton is at the track one day when he witnesses the execution-style killing of his friend Herb Novak. Worried he might be next, Foxy wonders if there was a dark side to Herb he didn’t know about.
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Publisher's Summary

Felix Francis co-wrote several horse racing mysteries with his late father Dick Francis before the legendary author passed away in 2010. Taking up the reins for his first solo effort, Felix delivers a captivating tale that franchise fans will thoroughly enjoy. Former jockey Nicholas “Foxy” Foxton is at the track one day when he witnesses the execution-style killing of his friend Herb Novak. Worried he might be next, Foxy wonders if there was a dark side to Herb he didn’t know about.

©2011 Dick Frances Corporation (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Nancy United States 05-20-12
    Nancy United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Felix Took a Gamble"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I keep leaving this book and coming back to it, hoping I'll like it better. The main character is not the classic Dick Francis hero. The performance falls short.


    If you’ve listened to books by Felix Francis before, how does this one compare?

    I always liked the ones Felix wrote with his dad and Tony Brittain as performer is a hard act to follow.


    What didn’t you like about John Keating’s performance?

    John Keating is fast talking and sing song. Sing song drives me crazy: The beat to the words is da-da-da da. Gosh, I hope it is the reader, but the words fit right into the rhythm.


    Do you think Dick Francis's Gamble needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I haven't finished this one yet, so, no, not a follow-up like this. I'm having a tough time getting through this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Why is it Dick Francis's gamble? If Dick's name is on it, I expect a continuity of style, heroic type, author confidences and life views shared with the listener. Felix continues his father's technique of educating the listener on a corner of life; but in this book, I felt Felix phrased investment information like he was talking down to us...rather like, 'stick this basic info into the text as straight info and then move on'...somehow Dick managed to weave the basics in without leaving the drama.

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    Jason Charlottesville, VA, United States 04-12-12
    Jason Charlottesville, VA, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Poor narration, average story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    John Keating is a terrible narrator. If he's narrating children's books, he'd probably be OK. His performance of War Horse was distracting, but reasonable. In this case, a book for adults with serious topics, his intonation detracted so seriously from the topic that it was hard to separate it from the story.

    The story itself could have used some significant editing. It wasn't bad, but it felt like a first solo work.


    If you’ve listened to books by Felix Francis before, how does this one compare?

    Compared to the joint works of Felix and his father, the lead character is more well-rounded. He's not as much of an indominable force as most Francis leads. The narrative though really could have used significant removal of wordiness.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Keating’s performances?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Falls Church, VA, United States 03-17-12
    Eileen Falls Church, VA, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Felix Francis shows promise"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wish I had read this book instead of listening to it. Felix Francis does not yet live up to his father's ability to grab the reader, but he does show promise. The flaws in his writing style are of the type that can be smoothed over with practice and good editing. However, the reader's inflection emphasized those flaws.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Keating’s performances?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept wishing that the book was being read by Simon Prebble or Tony Britton, who did such a fine job with many of Dick Francis's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paula KENNESAW, GA, United States 01-31-12
    Paula KENNESAW, GA, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2011

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    "I miss Dick francis"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It is not near the genius of Dick Frnacis. I felt I suffered through it, but did not enjoy it.


    What three words best describe John Keating’s voice?

    Voice too soft, too monotone, not enough expression.


    Was Dick Francis's Gamble worth the listening time?

    No.But it did help me sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    Instead of getting to know the characters by their dialogue and actions, the author kept telling you the character's thoughts and reasoning for his actions, which is not the way Dick Francis wrote. I have read everyone of his books. I felt it was an elementary attempt. I would advise Felix to start at the beginning and read all of his Father's books again. I was very disappointed, but on the other hand, talent is hardly ever inherited, but born out of passion, pratice, and failure.

    The story was a good storyline.

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    Su Co Medford, MA, United States 01-09-12
    Su Co Medford, MA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A Surprisingly Complex and Interesting Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story follows my rules of a good book. It does NOT have graphic sex and violence. The main characters of Foxy and his girlfriend are likable and people I would like to hang out with. The situations between them and each other, fellow workers and clients, family and friends were familiar and real. A Good read.


    What other book might you compare Dick Francis's Gamble to and why?

    RISK by Dick Francis which also involves accounting and horse racing but the main character is much different.


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

    The break between part 1 and 2 worked well for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary H. Halvorson Portland, Oregon USA 01-02-12
    Mary H. Halvorson Portland, Oregon USA 01-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't Gamble on this Narrator"

    The story would have been much better if the narrator had used an ounce of expression. He sounds like a robot and is greatly distracting to the substance of the storyline. I bought it from Audible.com and listened to it before even reading the book. His narration had no emotion, imagination or flow. I don't know how he auditioned to be the narrator but I could read it better. In fact, I did. After listening to the Audible version I got the book from the library and I read it to a friend who is blind. I truly enjoyed it so much more and got more involved with the characters by my own reading outloud to my friend. My friend is also a very critical Dick Francis aficianado and has been worried that Felix Francis would not be able to carry it off. After reading it with expression and emotion we both agreed that Felix is doing just fine but Audible had better find better narrators or they will start to lose customers. Oh, for the days of Tony Britton. The epitome of superlative narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Sacramento, CA, United States 09-22-11
    Richard Sacramento, CA, United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Felix Francis as good as Dick Francis"

    I always looked forward to reading Dick Francis books. I am glad to find that his son is able to carry on the tradition with the same wit and talent.
    Thank you Felix, I look forward to reading many more of your books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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