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To the Hilt

Narrated by: Tony Britton
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Alexander Kinloch, artist, has worked out a good pattern for his life. His home is a small bothy on a remote mountain in Scotland; he paints on commission, from which he derives both pleasure and a decent income; he lives alone and likes it. One day, however, Alexander's peace is violently shattered when he returns home to find a group of strangers waiting for him. Afer a scuffle, he is left for dead with only the wind and the words "Where is it?" ringing in his ears. And the days that follow contain more danger than he could ever have imagined.
©1996 Dick fFancis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Tracey
  • craigmore, Australia
  • 05-31-14

to the hilt

Would you consider the audio edition of To the Hilt to be better than the print version?

haven,t read the print version use audio to drive and make the journey more enjoyabale

What other book might you compare To the Hilt to and why?

dead cert typical dick francis style

What about Tony Britton’s performance did you like?

he narrates the books well

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

when alex is in trouble on the mountain

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Another Dick Francis Classic

Another Dick Francis Classic. Great with a fast moving engaging plot, a page turner,a great companion for anyone.

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  • Mr
  • 04-21-14

Thanks, an excellent book, a good listen.

Would you listen to To the Hilt again? Why?

I would listen again, the storyline was good, I listened over a long weekend, sandwiched between DIY and Gardening, Gave up TV and enjoyed the experience. Wanted to hustle it along occasionally, but that is part of the enjoyment, you felt you were there.

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  • Cawley
  • 07-26-19

Impossible to listen... Appalling sound quality

How disappointing... Can't Audible clean up the recording? Really wanted to listen to this book as had read and enjoyed it years ago. Shame, shame, shame.

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  • NAEW
  • 07-09-19

Poor recording spoilt my enjoyment

I enjoyed listening to this story. It was well written and I'd like to say it was really well narrated, however, the background static spoiled what would otherwise have been a good recording.
I have listened to countless novels on Audible and this has been the only one of poor quality.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-06-18

Good

A very clever read but a bit too long winded for me but still I read it to the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-17

Brilliant

Subtle twists keeps you thinking and alert to the story, Tony Britton an exalent reader

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  • Grumpy pensioner 🤔
  • 06-22-17

Pure entertainment

Yet another first rate entertaining mystery from beginning to end,characters abound and add to the entertainment.

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  • Mr joseph backstrom
  • 03-15-17

The Hilt

Excellent book, very good story, I enjoyed it and will listen to many more. Thanks very much

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  • Crime fiction fan
  • 09-18-19

Great story spoilt by poor recording

I really enjoy Dick Francis stories and this was no exception - exciting with interesting plot. Tony Britton is an excellent narrator but unfortunately his performance is spoilt by a terrible quality recording with lots of noise and even parts where the recording slows down and causes pitch changes. Will not stop me listening again, but don’t listen if you can’t put up with these issues!

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  • Public Profi
  • 08-11-19

One of his best books.

The framework of the story is classic Dick Francis. I particularly enjoyed the insights to the craft of painting pictures in this story. It's an example of Dick's diligence research.

The cross dressing detective hired by his main character was a hoot.

A sadistic villain as usual in the narrative who comes off the worst when up against the noble hero of the story.

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  • Suzanne Moore
  • 08-06-19

Reminded me of how much I love this story

Dick Francis was a brilliant writer, although a lot of his books are based in and around the horse world, they vary quite a lot, this one is one of my favourites but I haven't read it in years when I bought it on Audible. It was hugely addictive, I spent hours walking around at home listening to this story to carry on to the next section.
Al the weird strange relative who likes to live on a mountain in Scotland, alone, despite having a wife in Lambourn, and paints pictures of golf courses. What his family don't realise is that he paints human struggle, human emotions that speak to people and inspire them and these golf courses are extremely popular and he does make a good career from them which means he can occasionally paint something or someone that moves him. He also plays the bag pipes and is extremely good at hiding things to the detriment of his health, his step-father and uncle are overheard talking about his talent for hiding things and Al ends up being beaten up because of it.
He comes down off his mountain to help his Mother when her husband (his step-dad) has a heart attack, brought on by the news that one of his employees and trusted friend has run off with his company's millions putting the brewery at risk of closure. Al comes down and goes around helping to stablise things and work towards solving the problems, fighting against his step-sister, her nasty husband, spoilt brat of a daughter and stroppy lawyer.
A likeable man who helps his family because they're his family. He does the right thing for the right reason when all he wants to do is go back to his mountain and paint.

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  • Bel
  • 06-16-19

Hiding treasure is a dangerous game

This has always been a favourite of mine.

Alexander Kinloch might be a painter who lives in the isolated and wild Scottish Highlands but he’s also a dedicated and loyal son who's bravery, intelligence and nerve are tested to the limit when he finds himself pitted against violent and deadly embezzlers who've stolen his step-father’s company fortune and facing down the formidable Zoe Lang who’s determined to wrest a treasured family heirloom and hand it to the nation.

Despite not being a painter himself, Dick Francis’ books on creating art have an authenticity that's both deep and raw.

I wish the quality of the audio was 100% but having listened to this version as a child in its original cassette format I don't want anyone but Tony Britton as my narrator.

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  • ozjg
  • 06-09-19

Probably my favourite Dick Francis

Outstanding book - couldn't recommend more highly! Probably my all time favourite Dick Francis.
Great story, brilliant performance and excellent characters. Some history and murder mystery!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-19

great book that was exciting and kept us listening

great story that kept us listening the whole way through. worth reading thats for sure

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-18

Could have been better...

The story is pure Dick Francis - clever plot, exciting twists, a bit of sex, thoroughly described violence, and a happy hero ending. a ripping yarn... The narration is very good, and made the story come alive. BUT the productin quality was quite variable, sounding sometimes very clear snd close, other times fuzzy and on other side of the room. It detracted from the experience.