©1995 Dick Francis; (P)1996 Chivers Audio Books
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!
I have been a fan of Dick Francis for almost 20 years now, I whave read and re read all of his books. The narrative form has ticked every box, when reading we enter our own imagination. The narrator has his voices down to a tee. I throughly recomennd to any one. five stars.
"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 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.
"Read this one Third"
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?
"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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