Jockey Kelly Hughes and trainer Dexter Cranfield had been barred from racing - a devastating event for them both. The charge at the secret enquiry? Throwing a race for personal profit.
It was a vicious frame-up and, worse, they had nowhere to turn to clear their names. Still Hughes refused to take the phony verdict lying down - even though his quest to clear his name might have him lying down permanently.
©1969 Dick Francis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try
Jockey Kelly Hughes finds himself banned from racing after a stewards' enquiry that seemed to have decided the outcome before it started. Unfair and unjust Kelly soon decides to make his own enquiries about it after being approached by the trainer's daughter to help her father out of his depression. The story is exciting and gives an insight into the racing community and its workings.
Well told, well narrated, but perhaps a bit formulaic, it kept me gripped until the end and was entertaining, educational and insightful. When you need a story that is not too violent or extremely bloody but is still a gripping yarn Dick Francis will be a good choice.
"A great yarn"
Like all Dick Francis novels, this is a terrific yarn. The story is fast-paced and difficult to put down. The hero is attractive and believable and although there is considerable violence it is story-book stuff and not evil. No swearing or gratuitous sex.
This was a fast and easy listen book. Takes place in England so the language is different and keeps your interest. I enjoyed hearing about the differences in our languages and also the difference in the equestrian world.
The book is basically about a jockey and owner who are disbarred from the racing world. The jockey knows he is innocent and sets out to clear his name and find who framed them.
"Another Great Dick Francis Book."
I cannot compare. These are two different uses/methods for reading a book. When I am alone I like to read the narration on my Kindle, but when my husband and I are sitting in the living room, we like to bring up the audio version so that we can enjoy the book together.
I rarely feel as though I am on the edge of my seat while reading, but I do find that I read faster and faster when the book has me in its grip.
I've listened to all of them. Britton is great whatever he reads.
No; but I enjoyed it very much.
I have written reviews of Francis' books before, and I always say that one cannot go wrong buying one of his books. They are all very, very good books. I have enjoyed every one of them, all of them, always.
"Story is not one of Francis' best"
While the performance was okay, the story itself was lacking. It just wasn't all that interesting.
"I ENJOY DICK FRANCIS BOOKS"
A good listen when you're driving 5 hours, or just doing housework -- pretty much G or PG rated
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