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Twice Shy | [Dick Francis]

Twice Shy

In this third Dick Francis classic from The Audio Partners, physicist Jonathan Derry is given some musical tapes by a friend. But the tapes are really an elaborate computerized horse betting system that can make the owner a rich man, or a dead one if the wrong people know he has possession of these tapes. Unfortunately, they find out. Thriller master Dick Francis weaves together a wicked villain, non-stop action, and an explosive showdown in a superb audiobook that races to the finish line.
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In this third Dick Francis classic from The Audio Partners, physicist Jonathan Derry is given some musical tapes by a friend. But the tapes are really an elaborate computerized horse betting system that can make the owner a rich man, or a dead one if the wrong people know he has possession of these tapes. Unfortunately, they find out. Thriller master Dick Francis weaves together a wicked villain, non-stop action, and an explosive showdown in a superb audiobook that races to the finish line.

©1981 Dick Francis; (P)2001 Chivers Audio Books

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    A Summerville, SC, United States 12-23-11
    A Summerville, SC, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't let this be your first Dick Francis Novel"

    Dick Francis is wonderful and if you like him, you'll enjoy this book. But if you are new to Dick Francis, you'll find this a bit slow and boring. Read about 15 other Dick Francis titles before this one (there are plenty of awesome books to choose from).

    This book goes into detail about computers: the early PC. Imagine reading aloud BASIC code. That's what happens in this book. Dull. There is a LOT of discussion about putting computer code on cassette tapes...over the course of 15 years! Not realistic, and a bit dull.

    The book is divided into two related but quite distinct parts. The first section is a complete novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard California 07-23-10
    Richard California 07-23-10 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the author's weaker efforts"

    Dick Francis is always at his best writing about what he knows: jockeys, horses, and horseracing. Unfortunately, this book spends most of its time describing in excrutiating (and generally not very well-informed) detail computer technology circa 1980s that is used to construct a betting system that predictably becomes the McGuffin of the plot. It also features an unbelievably vengeful psychopath as an antagonist that any self-respecting protagonist would have done away with whenever he had the chance. Instead the guy keeps popping up in a way that would be unintentionally funny if it were not so annoying. There are many other Francis books that show off his experience and knowledge of horseracing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 07-11-08
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 07-11-08
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    "Disappointed die-hard Francis fan"

    I have never not enjoyed Dick Francis. And he's written so many that I've listened to them more than once and enjoyed them as much as the first time.

    But this one is the only one actually divided into 2 stories w a tenuous link, and I think it suffers from that set-up. There just isn't time for the development of character and motive that he is justly famous for.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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