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Publisher's Summary

With this New York Times best seller, Dick Francis creates an intoxicating blend of the good life, fast horses, and nail-biting suspense.

After a shattering accident plunges a society soiree into chaos, an unassuming wine merchant is left with the bitter aftertaste of suspicion and fear. While catering an outdoor party for a prominent horse trainer, Tony Beach hears rumors of inferior whisky being sold under premium labels. All of that is forgotten, however, when a runaway horse trailer suddenly ploughs into the guest-filled tent. Later, after the last victim is pulled from the debris, he begins searching for answers to both the fraudulent spirits and the disaster. As Tony follows up leads, he finds himself pulled deeper and deeper into a treacherous world filled with greed, deception, and unspeakable murder.

Incomparable storyteller Dick Francis grabs your attention on page one and keeps you riveted throughout to the smashing finish. With narrator Simon Prebble’s dramatic timing and superb accents, you’ll find Proof a vintage mystery to be savored.

©1985 Dick Francis (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

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One Of Francis' Best: An Entertaining Story

I like just about all of Dick Francis' stories and have listened to several. I think this is one of his best, if not the best, of his stories. However, I think that you should like British stories and narrators in order to fully enjoy.

This story is well described in the publisher's summary, and it is truly a treacherous story of greed, deception, and murder. Most importantly for me, this story held my attention so well that I couldn't wait to find out who the bad guy(s) were. Dick Francis' suspense stories are unlike stories by authors such as Michael Connelly and John Grisham. These stories are generally, in some way, centered around the horse racing world and were written a long time ago.

Dick Francis' stories are very easy listening and you will know early on whether or not the story has captured your attention. Narrator Simon Prebble always gives an excellent performance.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • JULIA
  • Tracyton, WA, United States
  • 03-16-15

One of his best!

'One of my most favorite Francis titles - though really, how can I choose?!, there are so many that fit that category ... Banker, Hot Money, For Kicks, Longshot, High Stakes, Rat Race, Blood Sport, Straight, Flying Finish ... heck, I could just list them ALL. And another fine performance by Simon Prebble; his voice fits Mr. Francis' characters so well. I'm in awe at his talent; he's the best Francis narrator. Please, Audible, get ALL his titles (unabridged). Thanks!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Terrific Voice Actor

The voice actor has one of the most pleasant narrating voices I've heard yet but really shines in his character interpretations. The mystery alone is interesting, but the background setting involving wine has probably unintentionally left me with a huge appreciation and interest in wine now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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simply splendid, a pairing to savor

One of the best author/narrator pairings around. Francis's heroes are full of integrity, rising to meet the challenges before them. Pebble perfectly captures the gritty suspense of the action as well as the earnest emotion of the internal dialogue. In my opinion, they can't go wrong, and Proof provides a fine taste of their talented blend.

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Best Dick Francis ever for me.

Complex but plausible. Narrator captured the emotion and tension of every scene. Ending was pitch perfect. It took me years and at least 8-10 other Dick Francis books to get around to Proof. Well worth the journey but where to now?!

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Wine anyone ??

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

if you don't know anything about wine processing or buying you would be quite bored. It goes into a lot of detail on this as the story is being told.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The background of the main character which is revealed a little at a time.

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  • kpt.
  • Namest nad Oslavou, Czech Republic
  • 12-23-12

Superb & Enthraling

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

Definitely

What other book might you compare Proof to and why?

Dead Heat. The reason is that the main hero of the book is also unjustly accused of poisoning people with his food.

Which scene was your favorite?

The one where the main hero persuade his companion in accusation that they can walk out of this with honor.

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

No

Any additional comments?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Performance by Simon Prebble

Dick Francis has written another great book (as usual) and Simon Prebble has turned in another stellar performance. Well worth the price.

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Another Great Francis Novel!

Dick Francis was a great mystery writer. I've enjoyed his books for over 30 years and have read many of them more than once. Now, with audiobooks and Audible, I can listen to them on the way to work or on trips. It's great!
Francis' books are always enjoyable. Proof is no exception - a terrific book! Francis always includes horse racing (jump or flat) in his books. The main character might be a jockey, a trainer, or (as in Proof) the wine merchant with ties to the racing world.
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Excellent Mystery

This is the best of the many Dick Francis novels that I've listened to.
Complex, flawed main character. Unusual crime. Challenging mystery. Ruthless villain. All this forms an excellent story that is superbly interpreted by Simon Prebble. Just the right voice intonations, emotional expression, balanced emphasis, dramatic development.
He brings the characters and the conflict to life.