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Pulse

Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Series: Jefferson Hinkley, Book 7
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A smartly dressed man has been found unconscious at the local racecourse and is rushed to the hospital, where he subsequently dies. But who is he? Where does he come from? He had no form of identification on him, and no one claims the body.

Doctor Chris Reynolds, a specialist who treated the deceased - and who struggles with mental health issues - is intrigued by the nameless dead man, obsessed even, and starts asking questions. However, someone doesn't want the questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it, including an attempted murder. But when no one will believe that someone tried to kill Chris, the doctor is left with no option but to discover who the nameless man was and why he died...preferably before following him into an early grave.

Author bio: Felix Francis, a graduate of London University, is an accomplished outdoorsman, marksman, and pilot who has assisted with the research of many of his father's novels. The coauthor and author of numerous Dick Francis novels, most recently Triple Crown, he lives in England.

©2017 Felix Francis (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Hugely satisfying! Best "Francis" ever!

Very good treatment of mental illness, describing what it feels like from the inside. By contrast, Dick Francis' "Blood Sport" left me rather depressed, with no resolution to Gene Hawkins' mental state (if I'm remembering correctly after 40 years). I have been a Dick Francis fan since I was a teenager in the early '70's, and I've read every single Dick and Felix Francis book. I had a little trepidation when Felix took over, and it did seem like at first the stories weren't quite as emotionally deep, however, that feeling didn't last long. Truth be told, I think Felix had been helping out the stories quite a bit toward the end of Dick's life. In any case, he's certainly got the formula down pat.
This story is a good balance of all the elements: pace, action, emotion, suspense, satisfaction, even believability. Having struggled with depression myself most of my life, I could identify with Chris Rankin, the protagonist. I would like to recommend this book to anyone who has someone struggling with mental health in their life.
I never write book or product reviews, but I felt so strongly about this book that I had to express a little of what I felt after listening to it twice in a row (it was that good).
A word about the reader (performer): Clare Corbett was excellent! Supurb accents, emotions, different voices, etc. Just an all-around good performance!

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Different but Good!

This may be a book that appeals to women more then men, I loved it. The female doctor runs into some shady dudes who killed her patient then try to kill her and she gets even. A very satisfying ending. Because she has had a history depression, anxiety and an eating disorder, it is easy for the police to dismiss her observations and complaints. She takes matters into her own capable hands.

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  • Lynn
  • MILLWOOD, VA, United States
  • 01-01-18

Slow

Too slow and I was tired of her depression and sad life situation. Very little horse storyline. Not what I expected and I did not want to finish book.

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mostly good

it was very slow starting, I almost have up. it did get better and was very suspenseful 2nd half.

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  • Daniel
  • Neenah, WI, United States
  • 11-01-17

Awful

Couldn’t get thru 3 chapters. Dick Francis would be appalled. Narrator is awful as well.

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  • 03-08-19

Definitely a "Francis" Read

It's the first book by Felix Francis that I have read and I was a bit skeptical that I would enjoy it as much as I did Dick Francis but it was a similiar style with similiar twists. I'm look forward to reading more. I gave it 3 stars for story line because it took a while for me to "get into" the story.

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Not an escape, but a well written tale

Heroine has depression and anorexia; hard to listen to, especially the latter. My least favorite of the Felix Francis books.

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not my favorite

I have read over two dozen of dick and Felix Francis books. This one is alright. The first that has a female main character. But overall, the story was a bore.

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Not my favorite

Narrator was excellent. Protagonist profoundly irritating. She continually created her own problems and made horrible choices. It was like watching a character in a horror film going down in the. cellar when you know the monster is down there.

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I was cautious of a "girl" mystery.

A little caveman of me I guess. In the end a good tale. More than once it put me to sleep, but not out of bordom, but I think contentment.