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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 character, gets attacked. That's standard fair in most DF stories. The sub-plot of the sick child is touching and is woven well into the main plot.
The range of Tony Britton's voice is impressive. He does several british accents very well, and moves easily between male, female and child voices.
The experience of the story is greatly enhanced by Tony's narration.
The four star rating is due to uneven sound quality in the production. This recording was clearly taken from cassettes, as the sound quality quickly shifts from crisp and clear to muffled. You can still hear the entire story.
Without regard to production quality, I highly recommend this book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
If you like one Dick Francis mystery, you will probably like them all (if you get a good reader - which is usually the case fortunately). He wrote four mysteries featuring ex-jockey Sid Halley: Odds Against (1965); Whip Hand (1979); Come to Grief (1995); and Under Orders (2006). Even though the books span 40 years, the elapsed time within/between all the stories is about 3 or 4 years. Technology advances with the times from book to book and we aren't supposed to notice that as readers. After all, it's really the mysteries and Francis' quality writing that we're here for, isn't it?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I enjoy Dick Francis immensely. This book did not disappoint. Sid Halley is a likeable character, and Dick Francis lifts the lid on this private man, giving us a glimpse of the true character beneath the rock-like, fearless facade he presents to the rest of the world.
His affection for the little girl with leukemia is touching. Dick Francis really seems to understand what makes people tick, and there is always a heart-warming portrayal of the goodness and honesty of ordinary people, contrasted with the face of true evil in his villains.
As always, Francis' love and respect for horses is very much in evidence - the special relationship which can come about only through intimate association with these extraordinary creatures over many years. This is, indeed, classic Francis, and a book I shall enjoy listening to again and again.
Tony Britton cannot be faulted as the narrator of the Dick Francis novels. He is just right in every way, and brings out the different characters beautifully. I can't imagine anyone else reading them!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Quality of sound recording spoilt a good story. Have always enjoyed Dick Francis books. Bolinda should check their sound recordings.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
great book! I like the reader/storyteller too. This recording is better than some of the others but the sound quality is not great. You can hear the sound quality changing with every sitting they did of the reading. some bits have a very dull sound others are nice and crisp.