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Publisher's Summary

Featuring the gripping plot, dramatic settings and believable characters that listeners have come to expect from Dick Francis, To the Hilt displays the master at the top of his form.

Alexander Kinloch is definitely the black sheep of his noble family, choosing the precarious life of a painter over a lucrative job in his stepfather’s brewery. But when a trusted assistant disappears with millions of pounds, Alexander is reluctantly thrust into a foreign world of bankers and auditors. Brutal thugs and jealous relatives stand in his way as he labors to save the business and protect the family treasures. In the face of adversity, Alexander must defend himself and his family’s honor to the hilt.

After three dozen novels, Dick Francis maintains his reputation as one of the most popular mystery writers of our time. Both suspenseful and poignant, To the Hilt is a wild ride through a perilous adventure.

©1996 Dick Francis (P)1997 Recorded Books

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Relaxed Entertainment

Dick Francis novels are not only entertaining, but we also learn a little bit about horse racing and the world of horse racing along with what some people will do in the name of winning the trophy and greed for money. The main characters are always someone to be admired for their courage, integrity and their loyalty to family and friends.

The Publisher's Summary gives a good description of this story. Dick Francis mysteries may not be for everybody. If you want an interesting story performed by an excellent narrator, then you may love these novels performed by Simon Prebble. His voice suits the pace and energy of these novels. Most times, I don't want to hear fast talking narrators. I want a chance to absorb who the major and minor players are and what the story is about without feeling rushed or overwhelmed. Prebble and other excellent narrators, makes you feel that you are a part of the story as opposed to being read a story.

This one is a must for Dick Francis followers and mystery lovers in general.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 09-22-13

Excellent as usual

What made the experience of listening to To the Hilt the most enjoyable?

The James Bond of the equine world rides again! Great storytelling by the narrator and a great story by Francis. The other great thing about Francis is you get to learn a little about another subject. In this case, painting with acrylics.

What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Further character development. The thing with excellent narrators , like Prebble, is you feel you are a part of the story as a opposed to being read a story, usually by an American who sounds angry and abrasive.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

No.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Riveting!

Great story! I read this years ago and enjoyed listening to again just as much. The characters are very well written.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • motown
  • Bangor, Maine
  • 11-13-13

My First Dick Francis

And why did I wait so long? Great book and characters. Can't wait to listen to more of his works.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Another winner

Great plot though difficult to follow sometimes because of the accent and items and places challenging to the American ear, which of course is all part of the charm. I still can't rectify the 50-ish sounding narrator, though he has a flawless performance (well, maybe not some of the female characters). The story to me indicates the main character is in his 30's, yet the narrator sounds 50-ish++. Nothing against older people (I'm one of 'em), but voices need to fit the part I would think.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I loved this book

What did you love best about To the Hilt?

I love almost all of Dick Francis's books but this one touched home since I am an artist and he brought the drive of art alive.

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One of the top Must Read by Dick Francis

If you could sum up To the Hilt in three words, what would they be?

Intense, Endurance and Rich

What did you like best about this story?

The enduring loyalty, kindness, and dark humor of main character.

Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

He is never disappointing and brings to life everything he reads.

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

I gasped out loud and was not able to guess the true nature of a few of the characters with a few laughs too!

Any additional comments?

This is a must read/listen for a Francis follower and a must read for any mystery lover

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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My favorite Dick Francis novel!

This book contains several characters that I always enjoy in fiction: a really terrible bad guy (or woman in this case) and an extremely resourceful partner in crime. Throw in objects to hide, a pot of gold, a zealot, and a benefactor and you've got one heck of a story!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Compelling Intrigue

This book sat on my shelf for quite a while before I finally decided to listen to it. What took me so long?! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

The characters were wonderfully believable. The narrator's voices and interpretations were fantastic. The mystery was intriguing, and all the loose ends were accounted for. I can sincerely praise this book TO THE HILT!

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LOVED IT!

I absolutely love Dick Francis Books, I used to own every paperback of his. When I listened to this book it was exactly how I would have heard it if I was reading it. Great narrator! Great Book!!
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