©1969 by Dick Frances; (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks
"[Has] everything required in a modern thriller…an intricate plot that unravels skillfully, mayhem, sex, suspense, excitement, and surprise denouements." (New York Times Book Review)
"As usual, Dick Francis is superb in his depiction of the horse-racing world, full of greed and betrayal. Equally superb is the clarity of expression that Geoffrey Howard brings to the novel….The pacing is flawless." (AudioFile)
There is no such thing as a bad Dick Francis book. In audio format, some are better than others and this one "listens" very well. Francis never pads his writing therefore there is no justification for making abridged versions of his work. As it is, I am always wishing for more at the end and have re-read and re-listened to many of his titles over the years. Finding some of his early works recorded by Audible was a real treat.
I have been an avid Bibliophile since I learned how to read at 4 years old. I listen to audiobooks every day.
I'm relatively new to Dick Francis, and really love listening to his books. I especially like how Geoffrey Howard reads the books. I will definitely look for more books narrated by him! I enjoyed this book very much and while it is true because it's about an "Enquiry," so not as centered on horses per say, I really enjoyed the building of the case and how Kelly Hughes figured out who was behind his being barred from racing, and how he went about getting his reputation restored. This is a winner!
Of all the Francis book. I think this Cosham fellow is also one of the best narrators I've encountered particularly for this genre.
Elegant rhythmic phrasing, as always, appealing main character, plausible outcome.
Not the worst of the narrators, but emphatically not up to the quality of Tony Britton or Simon Prebble. Cosham's delivery is flat and poorly paced, and he has a small number of different voices to draw on.
Too bad the Tony Britton reading isnt available in the US.
I am sorry to give this book a negative review as I am an avid Francis reader and I have never read a bad Dick Francis novel until now. There was nothing really wrong with the reading of this book, however the story line was completely predictable and unexciting. Also, because the plot centers around an "enquiry," there is very little mention of horses.
This is one of my all time favorite books from one of my all time favorite authors. It's one of his earlier novels and some cultural references reflect that, but not to the point that it isn't relatable to today's audience. All in all, it's refreshing to have a mystery that doesn't revolve around murder or kidnap that all provides a high level of intrigue and suspense!
"OK - apart from being Americanised!"
'Flashlights' 'fenders' and 'zippers' amongst many - NO!
Pronunciation the same 'garage' 'aluminium' etc. Story was good but let down for an English audience listening to an English story.
"Undemanding but exciting ripping yarn"
Read this years ago - did remember the ending but still thoroughly enjoyed it as an audiobook. Mild thriller, honest hero fighting back against miscarriage of judgement against a racing background which although dated now still rings true. Made a car journey enjoyable.
"Great Thrilling read"
I haven't read the print version.
I don't on the whole have the time to do a book in one sitting.
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