Odds Against

Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
Series: A Dick Francis Novel, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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It’s amazing what bodily injury can do for a man. A fall from a racehorse left brilliant jockey Sid Halley dangerously depressed, with a wrecked hand and the need for a new career. It was a bullet wound that helped him find one.

Although he’d been with a detective agency since his racing accident, it isn’t until some two-bit hoodlum drills a slug into his side that he is sent out on a case of his own. That is where he meets Zanna Martin, a woman who just might make life worth living again. But it is an even-money bet that he will be killed before she has the chance.

©1965 Dick Francis (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fabulous!

Odds Against is the first of the Sid Halley books by Dick Francis and Geoffrey Howard is a wonderful narrator for Sid. This is an excellent book with a stellar narrator. Do not hesitate to buy - you will not be disappointed.

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One of Francis's best

The perceptive insight into people that typified all of Dick Francis's writing, spoiled by mediocre reading. Geoffrey Howard is certainly better than Martin Jarvis, but sadly will never come up to the same level as Simon Prebble or Tony Britton.

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Francis' Wordcraft

Francis does it again; crafting intrigue, human nature and resilience into a story hard to put down. Enjoyed every page.

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A well written and performed mystery

A typical Francis book, wanted to continue to work through it and figure out who and why. I love his books.

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Great story

Enjoyed it. The suspense was nail biting and the characters were well developed. The narrator was excellent.

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Dated but good. 1965

Frank discussions about amputations and disfiguring injuries. This Dick Francis book relates to the protagonist career after he had been a jockey. He is now a private investigator. Not a lull in the listen.

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A Truely Amazing Book

I loved the way this was read so cleanly and it made it so interesting. I found no trouble listening to the book at all very nice and I do recamend if you havent listened to it

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loved it

What a great series! I have always love Dick Francis novels, especially sid haleys adventures!

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One of my favorite characters of all time

I love Sid Halley and listening to this took me back to my high school days when I read it the first time. Fantastic.

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Can't Turn It Off Due to Vibrant Characters

Narrator's voices makes the personalities seem driven and distinct complimenting writer's grounded diverse active characters