On the first day of Royal Ascot, the crowd rejoices in a string of winning favourites.
Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker - taking over the family business from his grandfather - so he knows not to expect any sympathy from the punters as they count their winnings, and he counts his losses. He’s seen the ups and downs before - but, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if it’s worth it any more.
Then, when a grey-haired man steps forward from the crowd claiming to be his father, Ned’s life is thrown into far deeper turmoil.
©2009 Dick Francis (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I haven't read it.
Very depressing first 3 hours. I also didn't relate to him as he makes bad decisions. I love Dick Francis so I assumed it would get better. The last hour is great and exciting and very positive.
It become a good story, but I wouldn't recommend it as it took too long to get into.
"Great story, spoilt by elderly narrator"
Great story as always from Dick Francis, unfortunately the audio book was spoilt for me by the elderly narrator. The story is told in the first person who is in his mid thirties and read by a gentleman in his late seventies which rather spoils the atmosphere somewhat.
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