©1988 Dick Francis; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
I will count this as one of my favourite Dick
Francis books. It has everything you expect from him; humour, crime, a hint of romance, a history on rail travel, and all done in an extremely entertaining way. His research is extensive, so I trust everything he writes in relation to the racing industry in Canada, the travel industry, and Canadian Rail. Bravo Mr. Francis.
The narrator was easy to listen to and added just enough vocal changes to create charater differentiation and interest. I've read Dick Francis before and once again he showed he was the master of this particular genre. Fastpaced and good twists and turns that keep you guessing and wanting to find out how things end. Worth a listen particularly on those long plane flights.
Hard to pick one. That's a Dick Francis skill. He takes you on a roller coaster ride from one crisis to the next.
Train track to horse track the race to save lives is on.
"Another stunner from Francis"
Dick Francis rarely disappoints me. This is one of my favourites among his novels. As usual, his central character is a man of decency and integrity, and immensely likeable; I particularly enjoyed this one's relationships with his work colleagues and others, and the mature and balanced way in which he deals with his wealth, not allowing it to interfere with his life, which he wants to count for something. He is tenacious in the face of danger, and it is gratfying to see the villain progressing unknowingly towards his defeat.
The Canadian backdrop is a delight. Dick Francis has an obvious love for the country and people, making this a heart-warming novel.
Enjoyable in the extreme!
"Give this one a miss...."
Oh dear, having read many Dick Francis books since I was a teenager, I decided to join Audible which I have been enjoying for almost a year, all my credits going on Dick Francis novels read by Tony Britton. I have thoroughly enjoy them all. But there is one exception; 'The Edge'. It is so dreary & I could not recommend it to anyone ! There is none of the usual excitement and the plot was simply not up to the normal standard of Mr Francis.
Don't waste a credit on this one !
"O three thousand miles over Canada"
I love Dick Francis books but The Edge was special - I worked for Air Canada in London for 25 years in which time visited lots of the places mentioned right from the East coast to the West coast - I am now retired and don't travel as much but this book took me back on a very happy journey right from Toronto to Vancouver - I with my family travelled on the train from Calgary where we stayed at the Chateau lake Louise - we then went over the Rockies in the glass topped carriage To Vancouver - however as on special discounted tickets (airline discounted ) we had to sit in seats no luxury sleepers for us - also travelled on the 15.00 LHR TO YVR many times - I felt that I also was on that train again and in Canada - thank you.
"Good story .... Sound very poor"
Audible needs to sort out some of these recordings! The sound quality in this one is appalling..
"Good story but terrible recording"
The story is engaging and moves at a good pace mostly, with some great descriptions of the train journey across Canada
Tony Britton does a fine job with all the different voices and accents, unfortunately it is often ruined by the recording quality which varies wildly and at times is barely audible (no pun intended). It's as if he recorded each chapter in a totally different studio with totally different equipment. Bizarre.
"great story plenty of intrigue"
this is a great story with plenty of twist and turns to keep you on your toes very enjoyable
"Classic Dick Francis"
A good yarn as usual, narrator fine but the recording was of varying quality as many of the early DF books are.
"It gallops along"
I always enjoy a good Dick Francis, and this is good Dick Francis! It is set mostly in Canada on a 'special' version of the trans Canada train. The hero is good, the villain is bad, and the story keeps you listening. Oh and its all about horses and horse racing. What more can you ask from a light read.
The story is typical Dick Francis; action all the way. A must if you intend travelling across Canada by rail. The descriptions of the VIA Rail 'Canadian' and the stops along the route, are remarkably accurate. This is the story which gave me the ambition to take the trans-Canada trip which I realised for our 40th wedding anniversary in 2010.
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