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Editorial Reviews

"Francis captures our attention and holds us spellbound." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Francis is a genius." (Los Angeles Times)
"Few match Francis for dangerous flights of fancy and pure, inventive menace." (The Boston Herald)

Publisher's Summary

When he wakes in a pitch-black room with his hands bound, Roland Britten – accountant and champion steeplechase jockey – knows he’s entered a nightmare of someone else’s making.

Wracking his brain to figure out who’s out to get him and why, he comes up empty, but somehow manages a death-defying escape. It isn’t long, though, before he’s recaptured. Now, with his life at stake, he must take every risk to outsmart his well-disguised enemy and save himself ...

©1977 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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  • Caroline
  • NorthRiding, South Africa
  • 01-02-07

Dick Francis at his best

This is one of Dick Francis' better books and he delivers a good tale every time he gives us a new book. I found the action and story to be fast paced and well narrated. The plot revolves around an accountant in the racing world trying to determine why he was kidnapped. This not one of those tales that you can work out who the villain is until almost the end. It also has a suprising conclusion which does not detract from the tale. The reader does well to pass along the suspense and emotion without being over the top. I have listened to this a few times already and enjoyed it every time. I have also read and loved the book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a light, but satisfying, whodunnit.

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Fast - kept interest, Slow - time to imagine

As usual in the 44 mysteries by Dick Francis, my favorite author, the main character is an honest, hard working man who is respectful of women and unexplained things keep happening to him, as happened in RISK.

The hero may get shot, stabbed or beaten up but he doesn't go looking to shoot, stab or beat anyone up, just to solve the problem and make it go away. This describes WILD HORSES about a movie director, 10 LB PENALTY about a young man helping sis father run for Parliament, TO THE HILT about an artist, STRAIGHT about a jockey whose brother is a gem wholesaler, LONGSHOT about an author, PROOF about a wine merchant, REFLEX about a jockey becoming a photographer, HIGH STAKES about a toy designer, All but 6 books are stand alone. Some were made into TV movies and series.

It is very nice that the author refrains from graphic sex and violence. Of course, these are mysteries so some violence is expected as well some romance as the characters are well rounded.

Dick Francis was the Queen Mother's steeplechase jockey and champion before retiring in the 1950's. He went on to write a horse race column and then all these mysteries. Very few of the mysteries are duds but all mention horse racing in the background if not in the main story. A dependable mystery nearly every time and I always learn something I didn't know before.

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  • Linda
  • Brackettville, TX, United States
  • 03-25-11

not one of his best

must be one of his first books -- the sex part was completely unnecessary and unrealistic

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs Archdeacon
  • 04-12-16

Awful Recording Spoilt the Story

As with many of this series the recording standard is ... rubbish!! I'm sure the story underneath was usual Dock Francis standard. Don't spend the over inflated price for it.

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  • PMB
  • 03-18-17

Disappointed with quality

What disappointed you about Risk?

I downloaded this twice as I thought the missing chunk was down to a glitch in my download rather than the actual audio book. Having read other reviews I realized that other people had the same problem. This ruined the book for me as it occurred very early on at an important part of the story.

What does Tony Britton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I've always enjoyed Tony Britton's readings of the Dick Francis novels, He doesn't impose his own personality on the characters unlike some other actors I've listened to.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I liked the story but was so unhappy with the production.

Any additional comments?

Somebody ought to listen to the books before they are uploaded to ensure that they are complete!

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  • ISAAC
  • 02-06-16

Wonderful but...

As always Dick Francis and Tony Britton were wonderful but the quality of the recording was the worst I have heard since I stopped listening to audio cassettes.

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  • Kevin Jasper
  • 06-23-15

A good performance let down by the sound quality

The sound quality needs to be addressed. The volume is up and down and is not of the same quality expected from Audible.

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  • Bootie Boot
  • 04-30-15

Audiobook file is faulty - missing a big chunk

What did you like most about Risk?

It's a great book but the audio book has dreadful sound quality and there is a big chunk of the story missing, avoid this version until audible fix it.

Any additional comments?

Too many old recordings like this are being resold as downloadables without any checks on sound quality or continuity. I've had a few faulty files and the quality needs to be improved (sound remastering / qc) before audible sells them. Shame as its a cracking story.

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  • C. M. Thomas
  • 01-13-15

Great tale. Good mystery and suspense

What did you like best about this story?

Enjoyed the scenarios and the "hero's" relationships with the 2 women were interesting and not entirely predictable.

What about Tony Britton’s performance did you like?

Good at differentiating between the characters

Any additional comments?

Have listened to it several times with much enjoyment

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  • Louise
  • 12-05-16

Poor quality recording

Unfortunately this was a very quality recording.
I gave up listening so I can't comment any further.