With this New York Times best seller, Dick Francis creates an intoxicating blend of the good life, fast horses, and nail-biting suspense.
After a shattering accident plunges a society soiree into chaos, an unassuming wine merchant is left with the bitter aftertaste of suspicion and fear. While catering an outdoor party for a prominent horse trainer, Tony Beach hears rumors of inferior whisky being sold under premium labels. All of that is forgotten, however, when a runaway horse trailer suddenly ploughs into the guest-filled tent. Later, after the last victim is pulled from the debris, he begins searching for answers to both the fraudulent spirits and the disaster. As Tony follows up leads, he finds himself pulled deeper and deeper into a treacherous world filled with greed, deception, and unspeakable murder.
Incomparable storyteller Dick Francis grabs your attention on page one and keeps you riveted throughout to the smashing finish. With narrator Simon Prebble’s dramatic timing and superb accents, you’ll find Proof a vintage mystery to be savored.
©1985 Dick Francis (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC
The voice actor has one of the most pleasant narrating voices I've heard yet but really shines in his character interpretations. The mystery alone is interesting, but the background setting involving wine has probably unintentionally left me with a huge appreciation and interest in wine now.
'One of my most favorite Francis titles - though really, how can I choose?!, there are so many that fit that category ... Banker, Hot Money, For Kicks, Longshot, High Stakes, Rat Race, Blood Sport, Straight, Flying Finish ... heck, I could just list them ALL. And another fine performance by Simon Prebble; his voice fits Mr. Francis' characters so well. I'm in awe at his talent; he's the best Francis narrator. Please, Audible, get ALL his titles (unabridged). Thanks!
One of the best author/narrator pairings around. Francis's heroes are full of integrity, rising to meet the challenges before them. Pebble perfectly captures the gritty suspense of the action as well as the earnest emotion of the internal dialogue. In my opinion, they can't go wrong, and Proof provides a fine taste of their talented blend.
if you don't know anything about wine processing or buying you would be quite bored. It goes into a lot of detail on this as the story is being told.
The background of the main character which is revealed a little at a time.
Dead Heat. The reason is that the main hero of the book is also unjustly accused of poisoning people with his food.
The one where the main hero persuade his companion in accusation that they can walk out of this with honor.
Simon Pebble is one of my favorite narrators. I never tire of listening to this.
I have always enjoyed books by Dick Francis, and it was fun to listen to one for a change. The narration was especially well done - the reader changed his voice enough through pitch and accents so that you always knew who was talking.
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