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.
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.
This suspencful story was so informative about the art/skill of glass blowing.
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!
The narration is fabulous, I loved all the characters.
Shattered---molten glass can be dangerous!
It would be a great movie. Want to do it?
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.
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.
No one who likes classic Dick Francis
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. I hope Shattered is just an unfortunate exception to Dick Francis' usually stellar audiobooks.
I couldn't bear to listen past the third chapter. The narration was so unpleasant.
Get a new reader.
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.
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.
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.
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