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To the Hilt Audiobook

To the Hilt

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Publisher's Summary

Featuring the gripping plot, dramatic settings and believable characters that listeners have come to expect from Dick Francis, To the Hilt displays the master at the top of his form.

Alexander Kinloch is definitely the black sheep of his noble family, choosing the precarious life of a painter over a lucrative job in his stepfather’s brewery. But when a trusted assistant disappears with millions of pounds, Alexander is reluctantly thrust into a foreign world of bankers and auditors. Brutal thugs and jealous relatives stand in his way as he labors to save the business and protect the family treasures. In the face of adversity, Alexander must defend himself and his family’s honor to the hilt.

After three dozen novels, Dick Francis maintains his reputation as one of the most popular mystery writers of our time. Both suspenseful and poignant, To the Hilt is a wild ride through a perilous adventure.

©1996 Dick Francis (P)1997 Recorded Books

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    motown Bangor, Maine 11-13-13
    motown Bangor, Maine 11-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "My First Dick Francis"

    And why did I wait so long? Great book and characters. Can't wait to listen to more of his works.

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    Robert Berg 12-30-14
    Robert Berg 12-30-14
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    "Riveting!"

    Great story! I read this years ago and enjoyed listening to again just as much. The characters are very well written.

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    Barbara 03-14-14
    Barbara 03-14-14
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    What did you love best about To the Hilt?

    I love almost all of Dick Francis's books but this one touched home since I am an artist and he brought the drive of art alive.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Portland, OR, United States 09-22-13
    Patricia Portland, OR, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent as usual"
    What made the experience of listening to To the Hilt the most enjoyable?

    The James Bond of the equine world rides again! Great storytelling by the narrator and a great story by Francis. The other great thing about Francis is you get to learn a little about another subject. In this case, painting with acrylics.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Further character development. The thing with excellent narrators , like Prebble, is you feel you are a part of the story as a opposed to being read a story, usually by an American who sounds angry and abrasive.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Customer 09-19-16
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    "Another winner"

    I don't think Dick Francis can write a bad book, and paired up with Simon Prebble narrating, "Hilt" is another winner.

    Mr Francis' books are vastly entertaining, and we learn some interesting tidbits about Scottish history, painting, and unbridled greed. There is, of course, a horse, but racing isn't the primary focus of this book.

    As always, the main character is someone to be admired for courage, integrity and loyalty.

    I read the book as I listened, and although I am a fast reader, slowing down to appreciate Simon Prebble's wonderful narration doubled my enjoyment. I enjoyed the experience so much I've purchased all the ebooks with his narration, plus a few other narrators.

    I started reading Dick Francis in The Reader's Digest condensed books. As a young woman in my early 20's, they introduced me to many authors I would have completely overlooked. There are very few of those condensed novels I haven't gone back and read as full-length books. Dick Francis was always a favorite. His books are as fresh today as they were when I first read them. I do so recommend his work to anyone who wants to listen to a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sophiebennett Forestville, New York USA 06-21-16
    Sophiebennett Forestville, New York USA 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love dick Francis"

    I listened while on rigorous walks. The book was completely absorbing, lived it. Will buy more Dick Francis

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    MAJ3139 04-18-16
    MAJ3139 04-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Dick Francis always great!"

    Dick Francis books can be read and listened to over and over. Simon Prebble narrated the story just right. I look forward, after some time has past, to listening To the Hilt again!

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    Ann PORTLAND, OR, United States 07-16-15
    Ann PORTLAND, OR, United States 07-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The Master at his best."

    I started reading Dick Francis' novels about 20 years ago. Have read/listened to them all. His protagonists are most always amateur sleuths who find themselves in troublesome, hazardous situations. They are frequently amateur steeplechase jockeys -- nimble, quick witted, and courageous.

    This time, howeverq, he is an artist who lives alone on a quiet mountain top until his mother calls to tell him his stepfather has had a heart attack.

    I loved it. Well worth a credit.

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    Linda Cummings 07-06-15

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    "The best of the best ********"

    I have read all of the novels by Dick Francis and give most of them 5 stars. This novel, however, is the best of the best. A tale so interesting and so enjoyable that you will find yourself laughing, crying, arguing and enraptured by the main characters. Wonderful read for a rainy day with nothing to do but enjoy.

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    Amazon Customer Virginia 07-05-15
    Amazon Customer Virginia 07-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "One of Francis's very best"

    Written at the peak of his perception of humanity and his ability to express it in writing, enhanced by his understanding of the artist's mind. Simon Prebble's narration does it justice in every aspect. Very simply, a worthy book on its own, not just a great mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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