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Even Money

Narrated by: Tony Britton
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
4 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On the first day of Royal Ascot, the crowd rejoices in a string of winning favourites.

Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker - taking over the family business from his grandfather - so he knows not to expect any sympathy from the punters as they count their winnings, and he counts his losses. He’s seen the ups and downs before - but, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if it’s worth it any more.

Then, when a grey-haired man steps forward from the crowd claiming to be his father, Ned’s life is thrown into far deeper turmoil.

©2009 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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One of the cleaner ones.

This is pretty clean sex wise. It doesn't go into as much detail as some of the other ones. There is still some swearing in it though. At lease 3 f words.

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  • Tracey
  • craigmore, Australia
  • 08-31-14

on the money

Where does Even Money rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it is good i like the style of dick francis and the racing scene they get you hooked

What other book might you compare Even Money to and why?

they help to understand the race industry of unscruples characters

Which character – as performed by Tony Britton – was your favorite?

yes i think he has a good insight into the racing life

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

nothing tony britton always doe,s a great job

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Reassuringly 'decent' characters

Desite the odd murder and person of evil intent, the Dick Francis books are a consistently and reassuringly the England of a few decades ago: the dramas of the racecourse (never attended one in my life and never likely to, so this is a new world) and traditions of basic decency being upheld.

This book held my interest throughout, the characters are alive and entertaining and it culminated in an unrushed and satisfying conclusion.

And speaking of old boys, I always find the voice of Tony Britton, excellent reader that he is, much older than the late thirty something that is required in the Francis books. Also, his women's voices leave a lot to be desired. But for all that, his moderate and thoughtful tone underscores the world and its values that are being evoked.

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  • m
  • 01-14-13

Dreadful start, Great finish

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

I haven't read it.

Would you recommend Even Money to your friends? Why or why not?

Very depressing first 3 hours. I also didn't relate to him as he makes bad decisions. I love Dick Francis so I assumed it would get better. The last hour is great and exciting and very positive.
It become a good story, but I wouldn't recommend it as it took too long to get into.

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  • MoBotRio
  • 08-29-17

Another brilliant novel

Despite what others have written, Tony Britton is still my favourite reader. The storyline is accurate in the details & is well paced. An excellent addition to the Francis stable of novels

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  • Grumpy pensioner 🤔
  • 09-19-16

Favourite at even money.

A twist around every corner and very explanatory concerning racing terms for the uninitiated 10/10.

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  • D Newton
  • 04-13-16

enjoyed story but as much as I like Tony Britton

I enjoyed story but as much as I like Tony Britton as a narrator for other books he was not appropriate for this character. it made the following of the characters story incongruent. as the age and energy of the character and voice narrative where too far apart. Therefore it lacks for the recommention I would have liked to have goven.

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  • Mnirs
  • 12-29-15

Interesting story but wrong choice of reader

I love the early Dick Francis novels and usually prefer Tony Britton reading them but his voice is sadly now too old for the main character. The story was fairly interesting but did not excite me as much as the early books, which always got on with the plot a lot quicker. Now, they seem to take ages getting nowhere.

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  • Catherine
  • 06-08-19

Old narrator and boring story

I love Dick Francis and had all his books when I was still able to read print. But Toby Britton is way too old to be reading as a 37 year old! I don't have a clue what betting is about, don't understand maths or odds so most of the story was unintelligible to me.
Worst book yet. Very disappointed. Definitely only written for those who are horse racing gamblers.

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  • lilly
  • 01-14-19

As to be expected another thrilling book.

everything you want for a Dick Francis novel well thought out and written a thrilling listen!!! Although Tony Britton playing a 37 year old is a tad questionable?

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  • Practical Lady
  • 07-30-16

Classic Francis

As always a good tale well told although I thought the narration made the main character appear middle aged and frumpy rather than a bloke in his 30's. His handle on the mental health issues were spot on. Well done!

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  • Jonathan G
  • 07-23-16

Excellent story and well read as ever by Tony B

Up to date but with all the Francis character and excitement. Unassuming hero and unkind villains.

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  • SOG1943
  • 06-06-16

Even money

Excellent book, very good listening, only problem is that I kept falling asleep because I was so relaxed

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  • Eileen
  • 11-21-15

Good book

Good story but have to agree the narrator should have been younger .
Some parts of story a bit hard to believe !!!