Wild Horses

Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (698 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Thomas Lyon decides to make a movie based on an unsolved crime that shocked the horseracing world in Wild Horses, he discovers that someone will do anything - including commit murder - to make sure this story isn't told.

©1994 Dick Francis (P)1994 Simon & Schuster

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SIMON PREBBLE Takes Over Narration In Chapter 4

Would you listen to Wild Horses again? Why?

It's a terrific story. Not a Perfect 5, truth be told I grade this novel a 4.7 because of the the narration confusion. When the audiobook begins, it is announced that SIMON PREBBLE is the narrator, for which I am overjoyed about the happy mistake Audible made. HOWEVER, Chapter 1 begins and it is Simon Jones. Chapter 4 begins and it is undeniably Simon Prebble and the audiobook from this listeners POV is upgraded by a country mile.

What was most disappointing about Dick Francis’s story?

The first 3 Chapters.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Thomas Locks Out that Jack-Ass Peter, preventing him from stealing Valentine's Books, Diaries & Papers.

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

The first time we hear Lucy. The listener knows her father is guilty of something from his past, but sweet Lucy's enthusiasm to meet the star of the movie and actually be in the movie usurps her fathers' attempts to lie. I LOVED IT!

Any additional comments?

I almost skipped this book because of who was narrating. I think both "SIMON'S" should share credit. Secondly, because AUDIBLE made it's 2nd mistake by calling this version of "Wild Horses" "ABRIDGED", which of course, it is NOT.

Hopefully, Audible can make the facts crystal clear to people, so while they are perusing this Dick Francis mystery the listener can make an informed choice.I had already read this Dick Francis' novel, "Wild Horses", so narration is EVERYTHING about an AUDIOBOOK In My Humble Opinion.

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Loved this Book - Problems with the download fixed

I purchased this book (despite reviews that said it contained only the first two chapters) hoping that the download problem had been fixed. To other potential buyers who might skip an enjoyable book over the potential problems, I am pleased to say I got the full book.

I am a big Dick Francis fan and have listened to many of his books (and read them all). I always enjoy the insights into unusual professions as well as the characterization and plot line. This book, whose main character is a movie director, continues that successful approach, intertwining the making of a movie with the revival of fears linked to the old death that is the subject of the film.

For potential buyers, I have two more notes:
1- The reader, according to the book itself, is Simon Prebble rather than Simon Jones, as listed in the information. I have not listened to all of this book yet, but have liked his rendition of other Francis books I have heard, including Proof, Decider and Banker.
2- The book is the UNabridged version, rather than the abridged (again according to the opening of the book reading; this is also consistent with the stated length.)

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Simply the best

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

There is no one else like Dick Francis. I continued to listen for 9 straight hours without losing interest once. I love how he introduces a new setting for every mystery- this time it was the production of a film about horseracing. I appreciate his straighforward prose which propels the story forward and introduces interesting characters without expounding unnecessarily on background. Dick Francis' stories always have the right amount of tension and violence without gratuitous blood-letting. His hero is always smart, strong, and courageous while still seeming vulnerable and sympathetic. There are no loose ends in a Dick Francis mystery- the riddle introduced in the first page is answered by the final page, and many more besides.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Horses?

Chasing the knife-wielding assailant in a jeep.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene with the wild horses on the beach pulled it all together for me. Before that, the title was a clever pun.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but very entertaining escapism!

Any additional comments?

My only complaint would be about the female characters- while written to be strong and independent, their behavior does not exemplify those traits. Also, I don't believe the female victim would have acted in the way that the mystery revealed (can't say more than that without spoiling the ending).I don't understand the comments about the narrator for the first 3 chapters. The narrator was excellent throughout.

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Didn't like this as much as other Francis novels

I'm a big Francis fan and I still like this book. I just don't like it as much as some others because of the underlying adult themed cause of the murder. It kind of made the book curdle inside me, and I won't listen to it again, as I usually do.

Other than the underlying theme which isn't revealed until near the end, it is another great Francis book with plenty of action.

Another wonderful narration by Simon Prebble.

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Francis is perfection.

Great characters, intricate plotting. The director of a movie about a 26 year old mysterious death finds himself in physical peril from unknown persons intent on stopping the film. It was intriguing to have the story told through his visual story-teller's eyes. Narration was spot on.

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Let's Make a Racing Movie

Dick Francis has always delighted me, and this tale is no exception. The setting is a motion picture location, and the story unfolds in a believable setting. The only caveat is that, unlike a classic mystery, the perpetrator is not introduced in the first third of the story - which moves the tale to the "procedural" genre a bit. Nevertheless, the characters are real and rich and we are taken for quite a ride.

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Wild Horses by dick francis

Audible should not put up a book with excellent pedigree as a Dick Francis novel without making sure the whole audio story is uploaded. The rating given is strictly audibles and not attributable to the authors excellent work .If abridged means cutting out a CHUNK of the story line ,thereby rendering the whole experience an excercise in frustration . Not like audible at all .

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INCOMPLETE

This program has to be incomplete. It just stops.

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  • 06-06-19

Ok book about a horse racing movie, bad mystery

Whatever problems there were with the download being complete or a change in narrators seem to have been resolved, the book is complete and entirely read by Simon Prebble who, like always, is great.

The book itself is solidly fine. Like other Dick Francis books it combines mystery with horse racing which is enjoyable. The mystery/twist was unsatisfying and, frankly, stupid. The protagonist is obsessed with an 18 year old girl in a creepy way, although I'm sure Dick Francis would chuckle and derisively call me a feminist to hear me say it.

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Excellent reading of one of Dick Francis's best

Simon Prebble is the best reader of Dick Francis's works because he has the ability to portray the feelings and British emotions of the characters. This book is one of the best written by Francis. It is about a former jockey who is now a film director. It is a mesmerizing book to listen to. I highly recommend it.

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