When Thomas Lyon decides to make a movie based on an unsolved crime that shocked the horseracing world in Wild Horses, he discovers that someone will do anything - including commit murder - to make sure this story isn't told.
©1994 Dick Francis (P)1994 Simon & Schuster
I purchased this book (despite reviews that said it contained only the first two chapters) hoping that the download problem had been fixed. To other potential buyers who might skip an enjoyable book over the potential problems, I am pleased to say I got the full book.
I am a big Dick Francis fan and have listened to many of his books (and read them all). I always enjoy the insights into unusual professions as well as the characterization and plot line. This book, whose main character is a movie director, continues that successful approach, intertwining the making of a movie with the revival of fears linked to the old death that is the subject of the film.
For potential buyers, I have two more notes:
1- The reader, according to the book itself, is Simon Prebble rather than Simon Jones, as listed in the information. I have not listened to all of this book yet, but have liked his rendition of other Francis books I have heard, including Proof, Decider and Banker.
2- The book is the UNabridged version, rather than the abridged (again according to the opening of the book reading; this is also consistent with the stated length.)
Audible should not put up a book with excellent pedigree as a Dick Francis novel without making sure the whole audio story is uploaded. The rating given is strictly audibles and not attributable to the authors excellent work .If abridged means cutting out a CHUNK of the story line ,thereby rendering the whole experience an excercise in frustration . Not like audible at all .
It's a terrific story. Not a Perfect 5, truth be told I grade this novel a 4.7 because of the the narration confusion. When the audiobook begins, it is announced that SIMON PREBBLE is the narrator, for which I am overjoyed about the happy mistake Audible made. HOWEVER, Chapter 1 begins and it is Simon Jones. Chapter 4 begins and it is undeniably Simon Prebble and the audiobook from this listeners POV is upgraded by a country mile.
The first 3 Chapters.
When Thomas Locks Out that Jack-Ass Peter, preventing him from stealing Valentine's Books, Diaries & Papers.
The first time we hear Lucy. The listener knows her father is guilty of something from his past, but sweet Lucy's enthusiasm to meet the star of the movie and actually be in the movie usurps her fathers' attempts to lie. I LOVED IT!
I almost skipped this book because of who was narrating. I think both "SIMON'S" should share credit. Secondly, because AUDIBLE made it's 2nd mistake by calling this version of "Wild Horses" "ABRIDGED", which of course, it is NOT.
Hopefully, Audible can make the facts crystal clear to people, so while they are perusing this Dick Francis mystery the listener can make an informed choice.I had already read this Dick Francis' novel, "Wild Horses", so narration is EVERYTHING about an AUDIOBOOK In My Humble Opinion.
There is no one else like Dick Francis. I continued to listen for 9 straight hours without losing interest once. I love how he introduces a new setting for every mystery- this time it was the production of a film about horseracing. I appreciate his straighforward prose which propels the story forward and introduces interesting characters without expounding unnecessarily on background. Dick Francis' stories always have the right amount of tension and violence without gratuitous blood-letting. His hero is always smart, strong, and courageous while still seeming vulnerable and sympathetic. There are no loose ends in a Dick Francis mystery- the riddle introduced in the first page is answered by the final page, and many more besides.
Chasing the knife-wielding assailant in a jeep.
The scene with the wild horses on the beach pulled it all together for me. Before that, the title was a clever pun.
No, but very entertaining escapism!
My only complaint would be about the female characters- while written to be strong and independent, their behavior does not exemplify those traits. Also, I don't believe the female victim would have acted in the way that the mystery revealed (can't say more than that without spoiling the ending).I don't understand the comments about the narrator for the first 3 chapters. The narrator was excellent throughout.
Great characters, intricate plotting. The director of a movie about a 26 year old mysterious death finds himself in physical peril from unknown persons intent on stopping the film. It was intriguing to have the story told through his visual story-teller's eyes. Narration was spot on.
Dick Francis has always delighted me, and this tale is no exception. The setting is a motion picture location, and the story unfolds in a believable setting. The only caveat is that, unlike a classic mystery, the perpetrator is not introduced in the first third of the story - which moves the tale to the "procedural" genre a bit. Nevertheless, the characters are real and rich and we are taken for quite a ride.
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