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.
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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.
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.
Intense, Endurance and Rich
The enduring loyalty, kindness, and dark humor of main character.
He is never disappointing and brings to life everything he reads.
I gasped out loud and was not able to guess the true nature of a few of the characters with a few laughs too!
This is a must read/listen for a Francis follower and a must read for any mystery lover
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.
This book contains several characters that I always enjoy in fiction: a really terrible bad guy (or woman in this case) and an extremely resourceful partner in crime. Throw in objects to hide, a pot of gold, a zealot, and a benefactor and you've got one heck of a story!
Absolutly love to listen to the great classic English detectives.
REALLY A FUN, LISTEN. MANY SUPRISES. THE MOUNTAIN DWELLING HIPPIE TURNS OUT TO BE A VERY INTELLIGENT AND SAVY, BUISNESSMAN.
What warrants 5 stars well a great story with a twist read by a voice that can describe the character through their accent.
Simon reads such that you can imagine the actions being performed or the pain being felt all in the words he is reading. Add to this probably tue best story teller in his genre and you can only give 5 stars.
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.
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