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In this fast-moving best-seller, 18-year-old amateur jockey Benedict Juliard reluctantly interrupts his exciting career to promote his father in an ambitious political campaign. But suddenly, campaigning becomes more thrilling, and deadly, than steeplechase racing.

©1997 Dick Francis (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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Father - Son Bonding Moments!

I enjoy Dick Francis' novels and Simon Prebble's narrations. They are easy listening. The Audible description of this story is good. It has mystery, suspense and a little bit of action. Nearly 18 years old, Ben has his heart set on becoming a steeplechase jockey but his father manipulated Ben into joining his parliament campaign as his driver. Ben soon had to become his father's body guard when mysteries, murderous things starts to happen which are aimed at getting the father to quit the race for parliament. Ben's instincts about the protection of his father leads to finding out that his father's car had been tampered with. The plot within the story is believable. Simon Prebble is an excellent narrator.

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Exciting and Unusual Dick Francis

Over the years I have always enjoyed the horse racing mysteries of Dick Francis, but this was an unexpected view of the author's broad knowledge of British politics and human relations. It was completely absorbing and provided me with a better understanding of the British electoral process-- not generally associated with attempted murder!

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Great listen!

One of my favorite Dick Francis reads - I really enjoyed listening to it this time around. The narration was pretty good, neither overly read or expressionless.

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A warm voice reading a cozy thriller

I'm a Dick Francis fan, reading many times all of his books. I would give this book an A-minus in terms of the canon of his work. It's a real father-son/coming-of-age story, with a political (mild!) thriller and, of course, a horse or two thrown in. I found in Prebble's voice, (which I sometimes find too plummy) a wonderfully warm narrator, friendly to the characters. A likable plot, and a likable narrator! AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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OK Not Francis best

The plot of 10 lb. Penalty is quite different and less satisfying than other Francis novels. In this one the plot is strung out, becomes flabby after the main conflict seems solved. It finally ends in a second, unsurprising, climax and resolution to the original problem. But I was ready to be done with it much earlier. Narrator Simon Prebble is excellent, as always.