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Dick Francis's Gamble Audiobook
Dick Francis's Gamble
Written by: 
Felix Francis
Narrated by: 
John Keating
Dick Francis's Gamble Audiobook

Dick Francis's Gamble

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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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    B. Colley 08-31-11
    B. Colley 08-31-11 Member Since 2004
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    "A Disappointing Read"

    I have listened to nearly every Dick Francis book on audiobooks including some written with Felix Francis, but this book is very wooden, predictable and not at all engaging. It is not helped by such bad narration - All in all I would not recommend this book

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Neenah, WI, United States 08-24-11
    Daniel Neenah, WI, United States 08-24-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Frustration"

    I am disappointed and frustrated that I may never know how good a writer Felix Francis is because I could not get past the horrible voice tone and inept reading that was given to this book. As a long time Francis fan I hate to give up after one effort but will never download another book with John Keating as the reader.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 08-31-11
    Mary 08-31-11
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    "Not thrilled with this book"

    The first 30 minutes of the story were almost painful. Then my brain finally tuned out the trite phrases and inept dialogue to concentrate on the plot. The plot is pure Dick Francis, recycled. If his son wants to be successful at this, he desperately needs to take a few writing classes.
    The poor main character, although described in classic Dick francis style, comes across as boring and a bit slow rather than a hero to cheer for.
    The narrator, bless him, is sharp and whiny. Hope to God that accent is fake because it would be a shame to go through life speaking that way.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Bryanston, South Africa 08-11-12
    Cindy Bryanston, South Africa 08-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    If you could sum up Dick Francis's Gamble in three words, what would they be?

    Sill has magic!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Plot, although a bit predictable after ready all his previous stories


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was quite irritating! Tevoice was the best I've heard


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Enjoyed it all


    Any additional comments?

    Will definitely not download books with this narrator again! Squeaky and child-like voice

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dar JS Ft. Myers, Florida USA 05-05-12
    Dar JS Ft. Myers, Florida USA 05-05-12
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    "reader could have been better"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The guy reading this book sounded like he was reading directions on a soup can label. I would get someone who could put a little more "oomph" into the reading.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Kept falling asleep listening to the reading & never got to hear the ending.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Poor reading style


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    don't know


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved Dick Francis books for many years. This audible rendition left much to be desired.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth 08-14-11
    Ruth 08-14-11
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    "Thank goodness"

    I was so sad when I learned that Dick Francis had died but his son's talent has allowed me to continue to enjoy glimpses into the world of steeplechase and the lives of the men and women who inhabit it. Thank you Mr. Felix Frances for carrying on the tradition. Clearly talent can be passed on. I am just grateful you choose to nourish and use yours.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Charlottesville, VA, United States 04-12-12
    Jason Charlottesville, VA, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2014
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 03-20-12
    Greg 03-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The Gamble Paid Off"

    It is good to know that the series will continue. Felix picks up where Dick left off. This is a solid series. Well worth the investment of credits or money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Su Co 01-09-12
    Su Co 01-09-12
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clint North Chesterfield, VA, United States 08-26-11
    Clint North Chesterfield, VA, United States 08-26-11 Member Since 2008

    Love audiobooks. Listen to them every day. Always looking for a new author with a great story (or stories) to tell. Favorite author: Sir ACD

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    "Like Father, Like Son..."

    I'm sure that Felix had been writing much of the final "Dick Francis" series for his aging father, which allowed him to do such a great job with his first solo offering, "Gamble". While I could have enjoyed an abridged version of the story more than this lengthy tomb, the storyline is actually very good. Not just standard Dick Francis, but enough of the family story telling formula and horseracing DNA to leverage his father's popularity, while allowing Felix to begin building his own unique brand of excitement. An imaginative and believable plot set in current day with plenty of realism brought out by obviously extensive research. Very impressive! I look forward to his next story. Keep 'em coming, Felix! Your father would be quite proud...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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