©1980 Dick Francis; (P)Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
Initially I found the narrator's voice jarring as it seemd too old for the main character's age but as I got involved in the story either he adjusted it or my mind compensated for this and the theater of the mind took over.All the other characters were well interpreted.Well read and interpreted by the narrator and a good, entertaining listen if you like this genre.The author knows his subjects well and the pace and mystery never lets up until the end.
Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.
As a young man, living in the country, I grew up near stables and in the country that Dick Francis novels are set. Horse racing, with graft, corruption, and criminality have never appealed to me but during a period of sickness, while convalescing, Reflex was presented in 15 minute segments as a book reading on a local radio station. Much as I loathed the so-called sport, I was hooked by this book and I think I've read just about every Dick Francis novel. This one appealed to me because of the little mysteries and the crooks involved at every level. The novels also provide insight into the problematic life of a professional jockey (although Dick Francis's characters are usually amateurs) and the temptations of the fast life, the glitz and the glamour, juxtaposed by being ordered to cheat and the problems of having a conscience. Reflex will always stand out in my mind as one of the first books that drew me to the audible form and through it an understanding of some of the problems faced by those engaged in the industry. Dick Francis was not the most successful English jockey but his literary jockeys are believable human beings with strengths, weaknesses and every other human problem and for that reason, the books have been remarkably successful.
"It's an automatic reflex to read a Dick Francis bo"
Reflex is just the type of book I like to read. I like all Dick Francis books as the storyline moves it doesn't leave you hanging on for the continuance of the story.
Typical quality - excellent
Calm but emphasis where needed. Kept you interested throughout
"very good a snapy story"
loved it could not stop listening very good twist on the racing angle good plot
"A most enjoyable Dick Francis plot"
Depends on how you want to use it. Yes if listening in the car or late at night.
The photographic puzzles.
Yes more tension than laugh / cry
The photographic techniques have now dramatically changed with the advent of digital photography but it is still a fascinating read. His journey of self - discovery and relationships with his family throughout the book are also very interesting.
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