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Shattered | [Dick Francis]

Shattered

When jockey Martin Stukely dies after a fall at Cheltenham, he accidentally embroils his friend Gerard Logan in a perilous search for a stolen videotape. Logan is a glassblower on the verge of widespread acclaim.
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Publisher's Summary

When jockey Martin Stukely dies after a fall at Cheltenham, he accidentally embroils his friend Gerard Logan in a perilous search for a stolen videotape. Logan is a glassblower on the verge of widespread acclaim. Long accustomed to the frightful dangers inherent in molten glass and in maintaining a glassmaking furnace at never less than 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, Logan is suddenly faced with terrifying threats to his business, his courage, and his life.

Believing that the missing video holds the key to a priceless treasure, and wrongly convinced that Logan knows where to find it, criminal forces set out to press him for information he doesn't have. To survive, he realizes that he himself must sort out the truth. The final race to the tape throws more hazards in Logan's way than his dead jockey friend could ever have imagined.

Glass shatters. Logan doesn't...but it's a close-run thing.

©2004 Dick Francis; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Designs 05-28-12
    Designs 05-28-12
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    "Not Tony Britton"

    I have to admit that I am spoiled by Tony Britton's excellent narration. Fiacre Douglas does not distinguish between the voices well, if at all. There are times when he sounds like he is reading the book for the 1000th time and is completely bored. Once you get past the narration and figure out how to keep track of who is speaking, it is a typical Dick Francis novel - which I love.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 05-21-14
    Susan 05-21-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Narrator has flat, almost mechanical voice!"
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    Off to search for a Tony Britton edition.. this narrator should never have been used. Just terrible!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 10-14-12
    Susan 10-14-12 Member Since 2002
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    "fablous"
    What did you love best about Shattered?

    This suspencful story was so informative about the art/skill of glass blowing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was in an unfamiliar setting - hence I learned a lot, It was also
    quite civil, refreshly so! Spellbinding, good story with real people!


    Which character – as performed by Fiacre Douglas – was your favorite?

    The narration is fabulous, I loved all the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Shattered---molten glass can be dangerous!


    Any additional comments?

    It would be a great movie. Want to do it?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine 04-13-09
    Katherine 04-13-09
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    "Good Story Ruined by Bad Read"

    I really enjoy Dick Francis novels and have liked the readers (especially Tony Britton), but this narrator doesn't know how to read punctuation and makes me want to sleep.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 04-19-12
    Barbara 04-19-12
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    "Unfortunate"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would get a reader who could at least pace the story so he doesn't sound surprised with the last few words of a sentence. He must not have even read the book before reading it aloud. I would get one of the readers who have done so well previously with Dick Francis's work.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fiacre Douglas’s performances?

    no


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LizW Virginia 11-02-14
    LizW Virginia 11-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Dick Francis? More likely his son"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one who likes classic Dick Francis


    What was most disappointing about Dick Francis’s story?

    Disorganized, multiple sub-plots leading nowhere, plot forwarded by the main character's incessant internal questions about his motives and abilities, conclusion reached without any obvious path from previous events--all of which is characteristic of Felix Francis and very unlike his father's writing.


    What didn’t you like about Fiacre Douglas’s performance?

    Ho hum. Sounded like he was reading from a script that bored him to death and the only way he could manage it was to get through it as quickly as possible. Another reason to question the actual authorship, as Felix's narrators have been uniformly awful.


    Any additional comments?

    This was supposedly written by Dick Frances near the end of his active writing career, but it bears all the hallmarks of his son's early writing--poor plotting (that, at least, has improved), a complete lack of the older man's insight into people's motivations and character, none of the apt and careful description of places and events. I would bet any amount that this was written almost entirely by Felix and published under his father's name.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Sioux Falls, SD, United States 04-23-12
    Laura Sioux Falls, SD, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointment!"
    Would you try another book from Dick Francis and/or Fiacre Douglas?

    I would read another book by Dick Francis, but the American narrator read with a phoney British accent so rapidly that the story line was ruined.


    Has Shattered turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I hope Shattered is just an unfortunate exception to Dick Francis' usually stellar audiobooks.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fiacre Douglas’s performances?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shattered?

    I couldn't bear to listen past the third chapter. The narration was so unpleasant.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a new reader.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "The Narration Dropped My Rating From a 5 to a 3"

    I am a huge Dick Francis fan and have read Shattered several times in print. I was however extremely disappointed in the narration of this audiobook; the natural ebb and flow of the plot and build of tension is lost by distinct enunciation of words and phrases. The narration felt halting and severely undermined my enjoyment of this book. While I will continue to purchase Dick Francis novels, I will avoid this narrator in fictional works.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    victoria New York, NY, United States 10-22-08
    victoria New York, NY, United States 10-22-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Dumb, dumb, dumb!"

    Shattered isn't up to Francis's ususal high standard: the plot lacks internal logic -- almost as though the author had a file full of ideas which he took out and pasted together.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Blackis LAPORTE, CO, US 02-16-10
    Pat Blackis LAPORTE, CO, US 02-16-10
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    "This book was a painful listen"

    As a Dick Francis fan for forty years, I was 'shattered' by the lack of character development, of a coherent plot, and of an even semi-competent reader of this book. In memory of Dick Francis who died just this week, I think I shall listen again to several of the other wonderful Dick Francis mysteries available on Audible, but I am deleting this book from my library.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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