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Flying Finish

Narrated by: Tony Britton
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (158 ratings)

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Henry Grey doesn't particularly care for having been born the heir to an earldom. He is a reserved young man whose greatest problem is his mother's matchmaking plots and whose greatest joy is to ride as an amateur steeplechase jockey. But on a sudden impulse, he throws in his respectable desk job to join a firm that transports racehorses all over the world. Yardman Transport proves to be Henry's passport to many things, not the least the girl he loves, and a tidy little racket that brings him face to face with death.

©1966 Dick Francis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Nancy
  • Northbrook, IL, USA
  • 01-31-07

Not a typical Dick Francis

I have been a Dick Francis fan for years. This book was not typical of his work. It started out very slowly and I almost quit listening. But it picked up and ended with a breathtaking finish.
It had little to do with horseracing; there was romance and adventure. I thought the ending was abrupt. It left me with questions unanswered.

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Not one of Francis' best

I normally love Dick Francis, but the plot of this book stretches credulity beyond the breaking point! The reader is wonderful with a lovely British accent and a wide range of voices ( including a woman's voice like a bad Monty Python skit), but the good reading can't make up for bad writing. The plot is both boring and unbelievable at the same time. Villains are too bad to be believed. The main character is too steady, strong and lucky. I would not recommend this.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 04-13-11

Flying finish

Tony Britton does a superb job narrating this story. I have transported horses by air and what Francis describes is quite real. This was a bit of a different story for Francis but still had racing and involvement with the horse industry. Horse transport is a big part of the business so was nice to hear a bit about it. The ending was abrupt and left the reader to fill it in.

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Francis does it again!

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

Since I did not read the print verison, I can't answer. But the audio sure was a nail biter!

What about Tony Britton’s performance did you like?

Mr Britton was a perfect fit!

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

Would have been great to hear it all at once. But the book did not suffer!

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One of his best!

Loved this book. I am a big fan of Dick Francis. So sorry that this author has passed. Hope his son will continue the great stories.

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  • Phil
  • Jefferson, TX, United States
  • 12-13-11

Very intriguing book!

The book has a very good storyline. It really caught me off-guard when I finally caught on to all the twists and turns. I have read or listened to 5-6 of Francis' books and I thought this was one of the best.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-15-12

believable story line

Great story. Easy to listen to and you get very ingrosed with the storyline. I thoughly recommend this audio book.

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  • Terri
  • 04-17-19

Gripping from start to finish.

Typical Francis at his best. Great story with plenty of twists and turns. TV? What TV!

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  • Carey Williams
  • 03-31-19

revenge sweet

loved story and exciting end. great narration adding to overall enjoyment of story. would love to know what was in boxes.

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  • silverfoxes34
  • 03-18-19

Brilliantly written Book

I throughly enjoyed listenig to to the Book = full of excitement and
Thrills.
certainly one to listened to again and again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-19

So Disappointed!

I have always enjoyed Dick Francis book and I agree with other reviews that it was very slow getting going but when it did, it was like …………………………….. and the end was so disappointing! I felt it needed another chapter to tie all the loose ends up! And the character "Billy"... the voice was so irritating..... Mr Francis has written many many many much better books that were based around horses. Parts were just so unrealistic!

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  • "geordiemoozy"
  • 11-28-18

For Francis fans only

I've been listening to a number of Dick Francis books on audible over the last few months. This is the fifth I've tried and it was the one I enjoyed the least by far. It seemed to take an awfully long time to get going with the first half all setting the scene while not really advancing the story at all. When it did finally get into thriller mode the plot was ok, if a little predictable about who the 'baddies' were, but by then I was fairly bored and had no empathy for the hero. I did make it to the end so it wasn't a dead loss, but I would recommend other Dick Francis books ahead of this one, especially For Kicks, Odds Against, or his first novel Dead Cert.

Tony Britton reads it well.

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  • iThink2019
  • 06-22-18

Brilliant

Love this book from start to finish! Great narrator! Can't wait for my next Dick Francis Audible adventure! Thank you!

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  • Mrs Julie Swift
  • 11-12-17

Incredible writing - always a first class winner,,

This is the 4th time I've read this book over a number of years and it's still one of those stories you just can't put down.

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  • Joseph Milloy
  • 10-23-17

Flying Finish

As good as Dick Francis gets, read it over and over in the course of a year.

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  • Knucklebones
  • 04-18-17

More flying than riding

This story is based almost completely in the air transportation of horses, so don't expect much action on the turf. It's got a decent storyline of shady dealings in horseflesh trading, with interesting characters and lurking menace. And for once the narrator makes a pretty good fist of the principal female voice (the hero's Italian love interest). What rather spoilt it for me was the complicated, puzzling motives behind the final violent confrontation, which involves some sort of Cold War defection, which I still can't figure out in how it relates to the general plot!

Good sound quality throughout. Altogether, this is one for holding in reserve until you've worked your way through the best of Francis' novels, unless you're particularly gripped by novels set in the skies..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-18

well done

Another successful novel. I enjoyed this one just as much as I have a whole range of Dick Francis' writings.