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Odds Against

By: Dick Francis
Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
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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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My Aunt Knew a Good Mystery

On every visit to her house, I’d find a Dick Francis novel on a sofa or end table. Many years later, now I know why. Besides being a good mystery, this is a good story, with engaging characters populating a plot that deals with more complications than simply “whodunnit?” One of my favorite readers, Geoffrey Howard doesn’t disappoint here, either.

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Had forgotten the last part of Odds Against!

Geoffrey Howard was extremely good narrating Odds Against! Even though I have read it, happy to have not remembered it. So Good!!! Dick Francis lives on!

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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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Favorite!

This has always been one of my favorite Dick Francis books of all time. Started reading him as a teen and am now almost 70. Terrific book!!!

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Timeless Thriller

Published in 1965, Odds Against provides a riveting and early exemplar of this genre. Francis carefully crafted plot with twists and well-seeded clues, coupled with lovely character development and apt descriptions and turns of phrases. I was introduced to this author’s work in a college Brit Lit course, and I’m so happy to revisit his work on Audible, lo these many years later. Highly recommend!

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Always loved Dick Francis

it's so nice to be able to listen to a book I read many years ago. The performance is great. enjoy!

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You never go wrong with Sid Halley

I first read this in print many years ago, it stands the test of time. Dick Francis and one of his most enduring characters are just as exciting and relevant in 2021 as they were in 1961. Moral of the story-be tough, stop the bad guys from doing bad things.

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