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Philip Nore is nearing the end as a jockey. George Millace is finished in photography. The differnce is, Millace is dead, and Nore has discovered his secret: a set of files which would blow the top off the racing world. Hated by a dying grandmother he has never known and abused by a trainer he knows only too well, Nore is no stranger to shabby morals. And when he begins to decipher the dead man's photographs, he uncovers corruption on a scale he had never imagined.
©1980 Dick Francis

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I hate horse racing but with Dick Francis....

As a young man, living in the country, I grew up near stables and in the country that Dick Francis novels are set. Horse racing, with graft, corruption, and criminality have never appealed to me but during a period of sickness, while convalescing, Reflex was presented in 15 minute segments as a book reading on a local radio station. Much as I loathed the so-called sport, I was hooked by this book and I think I've read just about every Dick Francis novel. This one appealed to me because of the little mysteries and the crooks involved at every level. The novels also provide insight into the problematic life of a professional jockey (although Dick Francis's characters are usually amateurs) and the temptations of the fast life, the glitz and the glamour, juxtaposed by being ordered to cheat and the problems of having a conscience. Reflex will always stand out in my mind as one of the first books that drew me to the audible form and through it an understanding of some of the problems faced by those engaged in the industry. Dick Francis was not the most successful English jockey but his literary jockeys are believable human beings with strengths, weaknesses and every other human problem and for that reason, the books have been remarkably successful.

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Jolly Good Listen

Initially I found the narrator's voice jarring as it seemd too old for the main character's age but as I got involved in the story either he adjusted it or my mind compensated for this and the theater of the mind took over.All the other characters were well interpreted.Well read and interpreted by the narrator and a good, entertaining listen if you like this genre.The author knows his subjects well and the pace and mystery never lets up until the end.

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  • 07-08-13

It's an automatic reflex to read a Dick Francis bo

Where does Reflex rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Reflex is just the type of book I like to read. I like all Dick Francis books as the storyline moves it doesn't leave you hanging on for the continuance of the story.

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Typical quality - excellent

What does Tony Britton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Calm but emphasis where needed. Kept you interested throughout

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-24-18

Blaggards and blackmail

Fast paced action centered on a not quite first class national hunt jockey, who in the course of narrative finds himself confronting his past and dealing with the politics of jump racing; brushes with betting syndicates, a power grabbing bully, a religious cult and a narcotics pusher leave our hero battered and bruised, but hardened by his experience. Wonderfully paced and detailed, a thoroughly enjoyable listen (and read).

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-22-17

photo.finish

great.storyline, terrific author.and marvellous narrator. more please Audible to satisfy all your customers and stock the full series

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  • Dyane
  • 01-09-17

Brilliant

What a brilliant combination, a Dick Frances novel & Tony Britton, nothing could top it

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  • elizabeth kitson
  • 09-22-17

Reflex

tony Britton always enhances a story. I can listen to Dick Francis books over and over again, he knew the racing world so well, and makes one feel that any other subject is well researched. Yes, they are formulaic/ but many authers who write a series of books especially of this genre are formulaic, doesn't make them less readable.

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  • Angela
  • 09-25-16

Great story, read well.

As with other readings by this actor, at first I thought his voice was too mature to play this character. However, he's so good that I was well past that by 10 minutes in. The story is one of the best Dick Francis ones and the kids and I were entertained during long car journeys.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-20

great story

One of my favourite DFs. The main char is likeable, and his surrounding characters easy to enjoy. Even grandma, once you understand :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-19

Absorbing story

loved the characters, interesting storyline, great narration. the author draws you into the intriguing tale and keeps you listening intently til the end.

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  • Mr A W NORTON
  • 03-29-15

very good a snapy story

loved it could not stop listening very good twist on the racing angle good plot

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  • C. M. Thomas
  • 01-13-15

enjoyable puzzle solving

in this current world of digital photos the manual production of photos is a skill of the past age but quite fascinating. A well written and presented Dick Francis novel.

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