• Chequered Justice

  • By: John Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Leslie Phillips
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-14-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Amazing Journeys Ltd
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.2 (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Only a handful of individuals ever make it in the world of professional racing. Only a minute few of those who do make it experience the devastating effects of becoming seriously injured, with the inevitable collapse of their life’s dreams. Imagine the trauma and torment of losing it all, only to be accused of having deliberately constructed the event of your downfall...by the Crown!
Chequered Justice is the story of a court case that many say should never have been heard and, some say, couldn’t have happened - and yet.... Chequered Justice is a story inspired by true events!
Will Middleton lives to race. More than just a sport, more than a hobby, it's his first love, his livelihood, and the centre of all his dreams. Thatcher's Britain is in meltdown, yet, despite the deepening recession, Trans-Atlantic, his new racing team, has just pulled off a major coup - sponsors are queuing up, nothing can go wrong now, surely.
The police raid comes out of the blue. Will is questioned under caution. He is charged with fraud and finds himself in a Kafkaesque world where his guilt appears to have been decided in advance. How could a riding accident, an insurance claim, a bounced cheque, and a brief moment of temptation all converge into such a nightmare?
Even as his legal team fights for his acquittal, Will knows in his heart that there is a conspiracy, and the roots of it lie deep in the ancient secret society of the Masons. Trans-Atlantic becomes a distant memory as Will encounters a darker side of life and leaves the glamorous world of motor racing far behind.
©2010 John Bartlett (P)2014 John Bartlett
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5 out of 5 stars
By :) on 07-28-14

Made my road trip enjoyable!

Would you consider the audio edition of Chequered Justice to be better than the print version?

Having read the book in print when it came out I still thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook version just as much on a 20 hour road trip over 3 days.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It gave a gripping insight into how the corruption portrayed can happen, and really does happen, within the justice system. It kept my interest by making me want to see how and if the injustices would be put right which is what we are taught to believe and expect.

What about Leslie Phillips’s performance did you like?

Leslie Phillips is wonderful to listen to and really brought to life the interest and emotion from the story .

Any additional comments?

I look forward to more from the author, John Bartlett!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tina1973 on 07-29-14


Any additional comments?

Totally riveting and wonderfully narrated, read by Leslie Phillips (the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter)! It had me laughing one minute and crying the next. Infuriated by the first reviewer; Didn't he realise it MUST be a true story of so called British justice? Google it for the background - I was fascinated but horrified! It was also reviewed by a top British QC, Michael Mansfield, who must surely understand the British legal system? Lastly, I’m not a racing fan but I loved this story about a family. Just so sorry it’s obviously true. Really recommend this!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tim Vicary on 01-17-15

Compelling and disturbing

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

This was the first audiobook I have listened to and it was excellent. I had read the book some years ago but had forgotten many of the details, and listening to it brought the whole thing alive in a compelling and refreshing way. Leslie Phillips reads with a fruity, delightful voice which is easy to listen to, and many episodes, especially the motor racing ones, are heightened by professionally produced sound effects which, I think, are unusual among audiobooks but at times made it more like listening to a radio play.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself is based on real events, a personal tragedy in which the main character, Will Middleton, is ensnared in a web of legal tricks by the agents of an unscrupulous insurance company. The details of this, sometimes hard to follow, give a disturbing insight into the way an innocent victim can become trapped in the labyrinth of the British legal system. At the same time the compelling excitement of the world of motor racing is brought to life.

Which character – as performed by Leslie Phillips – was your favourite?

Leslie Phillips reads all the characters well but the voices of the pompous judge and prosecution barrister are particularly delightful.

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