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Publisher's Summary

When jockey Martin Stukely dies after a fall at Cheltenham, he accidentally embroils his friend Gerard Logan in a perilous search for a stolen videotape. Logan is a glassblower on the verge of widespread acclaim. Long accustomed to the frightful dangers inherent in molten glass and in maintaining a glassmaking furnace at never less than 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, Logan is suddenly faced with terrifying threats to his business, his courage, and his life.

Believing that the missing video holds the key to a priceless treasure, and wrongly convinced that Logan knows where to find it, criminal forces set out to press him for information he doesn't have. To survive, he realizes that he himself must sort out the truth. The final race to the tape throws more hazards in Logan's way than his dead jockey friend could ever have imagined.

Glass shatters. Logan doesn't...but it's a close-run thing.

©2004 Dick Francis; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Narrator has flat, almost mechanical voice!

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Off to search for a Tony Britton edition.. this narrator should never have been used. Just terrible!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not Tony Britton

I have to admit that I am spoiled by Tony Britton's excellent narration. Fiacre Douglas does not distinguish between the voices well, if at all. There are times when he sounds like he is reading the book for the 1000th time and is completely bored. Once you get past the narration and figure out how to keep track of who is speaking, it is a typical Dick Francis novel - which I love.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good Story Ruined by Bad Read

I really enjoy Dick Francis novels and have liked the readers (especially Tony Britton), but this narrator doesn't know how to read punctuation and makes me want to sleep.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Beware! Terrible narration...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Folks who like machinegun-like delivery or 1980s-era computer-generated vocalization with no inflection.

How could the performance have been better?

The narration was so poor that I was compelled to write my first negative review; but I see now that many, many listeners already beat me to the punch. All I can add is that the editor and producer should have both been dismissed along with the narrator before this was delivered to market.

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A typical Dick Francis novel, which is to say entertaining and satisfying; but ruined by the performance. READ the book instead!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Performance

Performance is flat & unaffected. Really disappointing treatment of a story I have always liked. Skip this narrator. Save your money.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Painful narration

The narrator sounds like a computer generated voice. One of the worst I have ever heard. Will try to avoid.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Dick Francis? More likely his son

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one who likes classic Dick Francis

What was most disappointing about Dick Francis’s story?

Disorganized, multiple sub-plots leading nowhere, plot forwarded by the main character's incessant internal questions about his motives and abilities, conclusion reached without any obvious path from previous events--all of which is characteristic of Felix Francis and very unlike his father's writing.

What didn’t you like about Fiacre Douglas’s performance?

Ho hum. Sounded like he was reading from a script that bored him to death and the only way he could manage it was to get through it as quickly as possible. Another reason to question the actual authorship, as Felix's narrators have been uniformly awful.

Any additional comments?

This was supposedly written by Dick Frances near the end of his active writing career, but it bears all the hallmarks of his son's early writing--poor plotting (that, at least, has improved), a complete lack of the older man's insight into people's motivations and character, none of the apt and careful description of places and events. I would bet any amount that this was written almost entirely by Felix and published under his father's name.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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fablous

What did you love best about Shattered?

This suspencful story was so informative about the art/skill of glass blowing.

What did you like best about this story?

The story line was in an unfamiliar setting - hence I learned a lot, It was also<br/>quite civil, refreshly so! Spellbinding, good story with real people!

Which character – as performed by Fiacre Douglas – was your favorite?

The narration is fabulous, I loved all the characters.

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

Shattered---molten glass can be dangerous!

Any additional comments?

It would be a great movie. Want to do it?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Unfortunate

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would get a reader who could at least pace the story so he doesn't sound surprised with the last few words of a sentence. He must not have even read the book before reading it aloud. I would get one of the readers who have done so well previously with Dick Francis's work.

Would you be willing to try another one of Fiacre Douglas’s performances?

no

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Unlistenable

The narrator has the strangest accent I've ever heard and does a very poor job of speaking comprehensibly. The weird mispronunciations and rapid reading make me half wonder if this isn't read by a software program.

In any case, avoid this because oh won't be able to follow the story.