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Flying Finish | [Dick Francis]

Flying Finish

Henry Grey doesn't particularly care for having been born the heir to an earldom. He is a reserved young man whose greatest problem is his mother's matchmaking plots and whose greatest joy is to ride as an amateur steeplechase jockey. But on a sudden impulse, he throws in his respectable desk job to join a firm that transports racehorses all over the world. Yardman Transport proves to be Henry's passport to many things, not the least the girl he loves, and a tidy little racket that brings him face to face with death.
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Henry Grey doesn't particularly care for having been born the heir to an earldom. He is a reserved young man whose greatest problem is his mother's matchmaking plots and whose greatest joy is to ride as an amateur steeplechase jockey. But on a sudden impulse, he throws in his respectable desk job to join a firm that transports racehorses all over the world. Yardman Transport proves to be Henry's passport to many things, not the least the girl he loves, and a tidy little racket that brings him face to face with death.

©1966 Dick Francis; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 01-31-07
    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 01-31-07
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    "Not a typical Dick Francis"

    I have been a Dick Francis fan for years. This book was not typical of his work. It started out very slowly and I almost quit listening. But it picked up and ended with a breathtaking finish.
    It had little to do with horseracing; there was romance and adventure. I thought the ending was abrupt. It left me with questions unanswered.

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    Lynn Boalsburg, PA, United States 02-22-11
    Lynn Boalsburg, PA, United States 02-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Not one of Francis' best"

    I normally love Dick Francis, but the plot of this book stretches credulity beyond the breaking point! The reader is wonderful with a lovely British accent and a wide range of voices ( including a woman's voice like a bad Monty Python skit), but the good reading can't make up for bad writing. The plot is both boring and unbelievable at the same time. Villains are too bad to be believed. The main character is too steady, strong and lucky. I would not recommend this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-13-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-13-11 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Flying finish"

    Tony Britton does a superb job narrating this story. I have transported horses by air and what Francis describes is quite real. This was a bit of a different story for Francis but still had racing and involvement with the horse industry. Horse transport is a big part of the business so was nice to hear a bit about it. The ending was abrupt and left the reader to fill it in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 06-30-12
    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 06-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Francis does it again!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Flying Finish to be better than the print version?

    Since I did not read the print verison, I can't answer. But the audio sure was a nail biter!


    What about Tony Britton’s performance did you like?

    Mr Britton was a perfect fit!


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

    Would have been great to hear it all at once. But the book did not suffer!


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    Cari 04-02-12
    Cari 04-02-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "One of his best!"

    Loved this book. I am a big fan of Dick Francis. So sorry that this author has passed. Hope his son will continue the great stories.

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    Phil Jefferson, TX, United States 12-13-11
    Phil Jefferson, TX, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Very intriguing book!"

    The book has a very good storyline. It really caught me off-guard when I finally caught on to all the twists and turns. I have read or listened to 5-6 of Francis' books and I thought this was one of the best.

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    DUMFRIES, United Kingdom
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    "believable story line"

    Great story. Easy to listen to and you get very ingrosed with the storyline. I thoughly recommend this audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beaworthy, United Kingdom
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    "excellent"

    having 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.

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