Sid Halley
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  • 1
    Odds Against | Dick Francis

    Odds Against

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    Amazing what bodily injury could do for a man. A fall from a racehorse had left brilliant jockey Sid Halley dangerously depressed, with a wrecked hand and the need for a new career. And now a bullet wound was helping him find one. He'd been with a detective agency since his racing accident, but it wasn't until some two-bit hoodlum drilled a slug into his side that he was sent out on a case of his own. That was where he met Zanna Martin, a woman who just might make life worth living again.

    Dick Francis

    I am a Dick Francis fan because his plots have the balance of mystery, suspense and comfortable characters and at a nice pace. This is a typically go..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 29 2008 by Alex (Laguna Beach, CA, USA)
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    Odds Against | Dick Francis

    Odds Against

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (142)

    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.

    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..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 10 2015 by motown (Bangor, Maine)
  • 2
    Whip Hand | Dick Francis

    Whip Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (83)

    Sid Halley had one good hand and another made of metal. Five hundred pounds of horse had landed on him, directly ending his career as a brilliant jockey - and indirectly ending his marriage to the woman he loved. He had become a private investigator, quite a good one, though his new life could never erase the haunting memories of his past glories.

    Well written, very British

    Having just finished this book I still feel the melancholy with which it was written. The book is a good piece of literature, I want to say that up f..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 21 2010 by Dennis (Mazama, WA, United States)
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    Come to Grief | Dick Francis

    Come to Grief

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Sid Halley, the ex-champion jockey turned investigator who appears in Odds Against and Whip Hand, is back and facing new dilemmas and dangers. The opening finds him having uncovered an obnoxious crime committed by a friend whom he, and everyone else, has held in affection bordering on love.

    Excellent narrator! Classic Dick Francis

    I have listened to all of Dick Francis' more than 40 books. The plot line of this one is gruesome, but fairly imaginative. Of course, Sid, the main ch..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 23 2010 by C. Johnson (Powhatan, VA United States)
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    Under Orders | Dick Francis

    Under Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles Sid Halley. He knows the perils of racing all too well, but in his day, jockeys didn't reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest.

    Great Listen

    Sid Halley is back. The one-handed ex-jockey-turned-investigator is at Cheltenham Races on Gold Cup day when three deaths occur: one horse and two joc..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 05 2014 by Lia (Sutton, Australia)
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    Under Orders | Dick Francis

    Under Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (181)

    "Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than one eyebrow." It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley. Last seen in 1995's Come to Grief, former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well but, in his day, jockeys didn't usually reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest.

    Happy to see you again, Sid Halley!

    <strong>Under Orders</strong> is the fourth book in Dick Francis’ series featuring one of his most popular detectives, ex-jockey Sid Ha..Show More »

    <strong>Under Orders</strong> shows us an older, more settled Sid Halley who, at 38, has finally found his new love, the humorous Dutch scientist Marina. The interplay between the two enlivens an interesting story that involves race fixing, internet gambling, and murder. The plot presented many surprises with Francis’ usual twists and turns, including the identity of the villain. In other areas it was predictable, leaving you wanting to tap Sid on the shoulder and say, “Hey, you are overlooking this!”

    Although Tony Britton is my favorite Dick Francis reader, Martin Jarvis did a wonderful job and did not detract from my enjoyment of the story in any way. His reading is slightly more boisterous than Tony Britton’s but he does very well with town and country British accents from various classes.

    All in all, this was a good story and an absolutely essential listen for Dick Francis enthusiasts. Fans of Sid Halley will be delighted to be reunited with his most popular detective.

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    Reviewed on October 03 2006 by Lynne Phelps (Georgia, USA)