In The Danger, one of the top women jockeys in the world has been kidnapped in Bologna and consultant Andrew Douglas is sent to negotiate her release. As more kidnappings follow, the Italian police bungle the case, and the victims' families begin to worry about their loved ones' safety. The plot traces a treacherous track from Italian medieval streets to the lavish grounds of a very modern Washington, D.C. racecourse.
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"In an impeccable British accent, Tony Britton floats effortlessly from character to character. This engrossing mystery is sure to please." (AudioFile)
It's been a while since I've read a Dick Francis book, and this one has gotten me started again. He's getting better and better! "The Danger" introduces a new character (at least I think he's new), Andrew, who works for a company that deals with kidnapping victims and he is just a wonderful character. The narrator does great with British and Italian accents. Bravo!
It has been many years since I have read Dick Francis and I believe I have read all of his books. So I decided to reconnect with audio. At first I wasn't sure about the reader but within short order I was hooked. Britton is terrific, the story is terrific, the suspense is terrific. I listen mostly on my commute to work and with this audio I hated getting out of my car. The characters come to life not only with Francis' writing but certainly with Britton's reading. On to the next DF.
Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
There are a few writers who are so adept and sure handed in their craft that you can just let go and enjoy the ride. Dick Francis is one of those. He writes with wonderful equilibrium and pace, never lagging and never rushing. His tales unfold like the solving of a Chinese puzzle with every detail playing its part perfectly in a kind of complex inevitability which reliably delights and satisfies.
And then, of course, there is the whole horse thing. To me a horse is a nice animal, pleasant to ride from time to time but with no special magic attached. And still, even I hugely enjoy the understated expertise with which Francis incorporates the racetrack and its habitues into the fabric of his books.
This time out the author gives us a fascinating short course on kidnapping--less whodunit and more cat-and-mouse. We follow the ponies and the story from Italy to the UK and on to the US. Vintage and elegant Francis all the way and beautifully read by Tony Britton. Well worth your credit
I have read over 20 Dick Francis novels, and The Danger is my favorite. I have re-read it several times and felt the same excitement as the first time. I would reccomend this book to anyone. Unlike Other Francis novels, this story begins in a foriegn country and deals only peripherally with horses. This is a stay-up-all-night, sit on the edge of your seat nail-biter.
I haven't listened to this book on audio, so i can't say anything about the reader, but i can't imagine anyone being able to ruin this book.
I like to get Dick Francis novels for when I need some easy reading / listening with likeable characters, an interesting plot, some action without complete bloodbaths... This one fits the bill, even if I felt that the ending was a bit sudden (although it did have all the checkboxes filled, it was simply delivered in about a dozen sentences).
I liked the story, and Tony Britton's narration is very good.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
The suspense modules in this novel were very engaging and kept me listening on the edge of my seat. The supporting stuff was about average. The plots and subplots were not especially difficult to follow, nor did they provide frequent twists and turns. But the novel was one that held your interest and was easy to listen to. I think the narration helped with my enjoyment of this book. If you're not expecting a "Book of the Year" listen, then this novel should please most fans of this genre.
Dick Francis is a prolific author, with different protagonists in each book. The common thread that runs through all his books is his love of horses. I love his work. This book in particular held my attention. If you like British mysteries, I highly recommend it!
Keeps you on the edge of your seat and never lets up until the winning post has been passed.
I've never met a Dick Francis book I didn't like. If not for the masterful and elegant reading by TB I'm not sure how much I would have liked this one. It seems rather heavy on explaining without enough action for the first third or more. TB brought it to life, if anyone can.
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