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Publisher's Summary

Free choice? There's no such thing, according to Lee Morris. Choice is pre-ordained by your personality. Stratton Park racecourse faces ruin in the hands of a squabbling family. Lee is slowly sucked into the turmoil, unwillingly on the surface but half-understanding the deep compulsions that influence his decisions. One road leads to safety, another to death. How do you know which is which?

Lee's choices and their consequences bring deadly results, but the road out of the quicksand is there, if he can find it. Horses and racing are familiar ingredients, but this time there are also children, houses, roots and decisions. Danger? Naturally. Stratton Park racecourse is worth multi-millions, and all of the Stratton family are playing to win.

©1993 Dick Francis; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Alison
  • Waterloo, Ontario
  • 07-28-15

My favorite of all the Dick Francis novels

There is something about the spare writing, the psychology of the main character and the compassionate exploration of what might be considered British aristocratic dysfunction that grabs me every time. The reading performance is outstanding. I have listened to this multiple times and am fed and full of appreciation each time.

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  • Tracey
  • craigmore, Australia
  • 01-09-15

decider

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

haven,t read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

it was a good story as it has differant charactors to many other francis books

Have you listened to any of Tony Britton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes they are about the same he doe,s a good story well

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

rock the stands

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Clinical but gripping

Apart from the racing world Dick Francis's novels are also set in a world of 'gentleman crooks' - rather clinical ("It's a fair cop, guv") but nevertheless gripping right to the last page. The plots are great; the way they are played out does make you wonder whether Dick Francis lived in the same world we all inhabit. Nevertheless, I would heartily recommend this - and, indeed, most of Dick Francis's books - to anyone wanting an exciting yet undemanding read.

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  • Rory
  • 07-08-13

Fantastic !

If you could sum up Decider in three words, what would they be?

Really great story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lee Morris is my favourite character - he is strong, sturdy and reliable and take things as he finds them.

What about Tony Britton’s performance did you like?

I love Tony Britton's voice. It has a lovely mellow quality to it. Could listen to him for hours.

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

Yes very much. The story was interesting. Great characters. I love a story where a building has to be saved or a business rescued.

Any additional comments?

Lee's sons added a whole new dimension. Having to factor in the care of children into this story was well thought out. Especially their living accommodation and entertainment.

One of my favourite Dick Francis' books.

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  • Shoshi
  • 03-29-08

Two families in contrast!

Another Dick Francis favourite of mine. In contrast to the warring Stratton family, Lee Morris' dysfunctional marriage is a picnic. He faces the turmoil of the Strattons and their racecourse with dispassionate equanimity and wisdom, with numerous small sons in tow, bringing sanity and reason to the chaos.

His self-built house with the hypocaust is an absolute delight, as is his life on the road with his boys in the caravan.

As old family secrets are revealed, tragedy ensues, and young lives are moulded under the guidance of a father the envy of any young boy.

A great read.

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  • Alan
  • 08-12-17

Perfect in every way.

I love Dick Francis and Tony Britton reads it perfectly. I can see the whole story unfolding before me, delighting in every nuance.

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  • MoBotRio
  • 02-07-17

Another triumph

With a background of a racecourse, philandering, wealth & latent evil, a story that kept me riveted from start to finish.

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  • J D. Rodger
  • 05-23-15

An excellent listen

As usual - the Dick Francis / Tony Britton combination is 100% reliable and did not disappoint"....
Thank you audible - totally addicted now

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  • Lu
  • 05-18-17

Famous Five go to the races

Too many children, not enough horses.
Excellent narration as always by Tony Britton.
Dick Francis on audible has made the many hours driving each week enjoyable but some are better than others and some start slow but grab as the story unfolds. Decider has far too much of an Enid Blyton Famous Five feel to the book and it's the first Dick Francis book I've given up on as the characters are so childishly simplistic - angelic goodies, violent boorish baddies, detective children. I'm giving up halfway through chapter 7 before they all have lashings of ginger beer.

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  • L
  • 12-07-14

Enjoyable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Enjoyable story which meanders through some twists and turns. Keeps a good pace yet not too demanding so multi-tasking is possible. A good yarn!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Henry

What about Tony Britton’s performance did you like?

Great voice

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Danger at Stratton Park

Any additional comments?

No

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  • sue ryan
  • 11-22-11

Decider

Brilliant to listen. As are all DF books, but it is a shame that you can hear background noise.

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