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Publisher's Summary

Internationally popular Dick Francis packs his equestrian mysteries with as much breath-taking suspense and danger as any neck-and-neck thoroughbred race. In this New York Times best-seller, he combines the hazard of investing in horses with the calculated risk of high finance to create a plot that twists and turns around every corner. It seems a sure thing when young investment banker Tim Ekaterin underwrites a multi-million-dollar loan for a stud farm. The owner plans to purchase the championship racehorse, Sandcastle. But when disaster stalks the famous stallion and his offspring, Tim is plunged headlong into deception and murder. Winner of three Edgar Awards and named a Grand Master, Dick Francis creates extraordinary characters from people who could be your next door neighbors.

©1982 Dick Francis (P)1998 Recorded Books

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High Finances, Deception and Murder!

The novel's description by Audible is good. This novel begs the question: Who is trustworthy in the world of big business horse racing, steeple chasing and mouth-dropping stud fees? This story is more about the lengths of deception and even murder that some will go to in order to maintain their status and lifestyles in the world of horse racing. They commit murder, mayhem, trickery, and skullduggery in unthinkable ways. The story held my interest throughout and even though I started to see some of what was coming, I couldn't have predicted what Dick Francis had in mind! A good listen... Recommend highly.

Simon Prebble is an excellent narrator. I haven't heard any of the others that narrate Dick Francis' novels, but I would hope that they are just as good because I intend to listen to all Dick Francis has to offer.

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One of Francis' best

Would you consider the audio edition of Banker to be better than the print version?

Certain authors' works seem to come alive more on audio than in print. Dick Francis is one of those. He had a very lean prose style, and that works best in audio because it comes off as 'someone telling you an interesting story' as opposed to books by authors with a more ornate style where it's the construction of words on the page that has the magic. These books are tales told by friends. You can settle in and listen and in doing so hear the thunder of hooves, the cries of the jockeys and the roar of the crowd.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The villain of the piece has a somewhat timeless quality. Even though this novel was written a couple of decades ago, guys like him are everywhere nowadays.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

Simon Prebble is perfect for the works of Dick Francis. It was his performance on an earlier edition of BLOOD SPORT that hooked me on both audiobooks and on Dick Francis. Through his narration the individuality and humanity of the characters is evident.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Although I didn't come to tears, the death of one character was deeply moving; and the reading of those scenes was handled in a way that brought the horrors of loss to stinging clarity.

Any additional comments?

I've become hooked on the Simon Prebble versions of Dick Francis...but as a result I also bought his version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

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Brilliant!

An excellent story and mystery. Held my interest to the very end. In fact, I ran my MP3 player out of battery because I couldn't stop listening!! Typical Dick Francis brilliance!

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  • Ann
  • PORTLAND, OR, United States
  • 07-15-16

My first Francis

It must have been 25 years ago when I read my first book by Dick Francis -- Banker. Since then I've read them all -- most more than once. And now I'm enjoying them again through Audible. Simon Prebble is an exceptional narrator; as is Simon Vance who narrates many of his books also.

If you enjoy classic mystery, you can't beat Dick Francis.

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Favorite

This Dick Francis book has always been one of my favorites, and I have reread it several times. This audio recording and narrator performance added something special. Highly recommended!

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  • Vicki
  • New Albany, IN, United States
  • 01-06-15

Thoroughbred Horseracing Meets Banking Finance

A little different from Francis' steeple chasing novels, but just as enjoyable. It has all the usual components of his other novels: horses, stables, conspiracy, murder and just plain danger. I have never read a Dick Francis novel that I did not like and I have read them all.

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Wonderful!

Dick Francis never disappoints.
Great story, well written, full of excitement and surprises.
Simon Prebble is an amazing narrator as well.
I highly recommend!

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Not his best

I've read nearly two dozen of Dick Francis's books. This is not one of my favorites. The ending is sad and does not leave the reader feeling as though it reaches his normal degree of closure. The book spans over a considerable time period, and is not nearly as eventful or fast paced as his usual material.

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My Favorite Author Shines

I Love Dick Francis, now that he's gone, I look forward to the new Felix Francis novel as a Christmas present. BANKER is a great story which follows the banking industry and the horse racing industry. It's fun learning new information and the drama of the story is engaging. I've read this book 3 times and listening to it is another way to enjoy it.

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Great

Loved this book, as I have all the Dick Francis books narrated by Simon Prebble....