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Even Money Audiobook

Even Money

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Publisher's Summary

On the first day of Royal Ascot, the crowd rejoices in a string of winning favorites. Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker - taking over the family business from his grandfather - so he knows not to expect any sympathy from the punters as they count their winnings, and him his losses. He's seen the ups and downs before - but, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if it's worth it any more.

When a grey-haired man steps forward from the crowd, claiming to be his father, Ned's life is thrown into further turmoil. He'd been told since he was a baby that his parents had died in a car crash.

Barely an hour later, his newly found father is stabbed by an unknown assailant in the Ascot car park. Blood oozing from his abdomen, his father warns Ned to "be very careful." But of whom? Of what? Ned finds himself in a race to solve his father's riddle, a race where coming in second could cost him more than even money, it could cost him his life ...

©2009 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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    Grumpy pensioner 🤔 19/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Favourite at even money."

    A twist around every corner and very explanatory concerning racing terms for the uninitiated 10/10.

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    Practical Lady 30/07/2016
    Practical Lady 30/07/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "Classic Francis"

    As always a good tale well told although I thought the narration made the main character appear middle aged and frumpy rather than a bloke in his 30's. His handle on the mental health issues were spot on. Well done!

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    Jonathan G 23/07/2016
    Jonathan G 23/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story and well read as ever by Tony B"

    Up to date but with all the Francis character and excitement. Unassuming hero and unkind villains.

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    SOG1943 06/06/2016
    SOG1943 06/06/2016
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    "Even money"

    Excellent book, very good listening, only problem is that I kept falling asleep because I was so relaxed

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    D Newton 13/04/2016
    D Newton 13/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "enjoyed story but as much as I like Tony Britton"

    I enjoyed story but as much as I like Tony Britton as a narrator for other books he was not appropriate for this character. it made the following of the characters story incongruent. as the age and energy of the character and voice narrative where too far apart. Therefore it lacks for the recommention I would have liked to have goven.

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    Richard S 29/12/2015
    Richard S 29/12/2015
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    "Interesting story but wrong choice of reader"

    I love the early Dick Francis novels and usually prefer Tony Britton reading them but his voice is sadly now too old for the main character. The story was fairly interesting but did not excite me as much as the early books, which always got on with the plot a lot quicker. Now, they seem to take ages getting nowhere.

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    Eileen 21/11/2015
    Eileen 21/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book"

    Good story but have to agree the narrator should have been younger .
    Some parts of story a bit hard to believe !!!

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    MRS Pego, Spain 29/07/2015
    MRS Pego, Spain 29/07/2015 Member Since 2006
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    "good story"
    Would you try another book written by Dick Francis and Felix Francis or narrated by Tony Britton?

    Yes I would however this particular book should have been read by a much younger person than Tony Britton. I had to keep reminding myself that the main character, Ned Talbot was only 37 years old. I have enjoyed all the Dick Francis books so far and would happily listen/read more.


    Was Even Money worth the listening time?

    Yes.


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    Paul Walton on the Naze, United Kingdom 29/02/2012
    Paul Walton on the Naze, United Kingdom 29/02/2012
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    "Great story, spoilt by elderly narrator"

    Great story as always from Dick Francis, unfortunately the audio book was spoilt for me by the elderly narrator. The story is told in the first person who is in his mid thirties and read by a gentleman in his late seventies which rather spoils the atmosphere somewhat.

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  • Linda
    Springhill, NS, Canada
    18/07/15
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    "One of the cleaner ones."

    This is pretty clean sex wise. It doesn't go into as much detail as some of the other ones. There is still some swearing in it though. At lease 3 f words.

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  • Tracey
    craigmore, Australia
    31/08/14
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    "on the money"
    Where does Even Money rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is good i like the style of dick francis and the racing scene they get you hooked


    What other book might you compare Even Money to and why?

    they help to understand the race industry of unscruples characters


    Which character – as performed by Tony Britton – was your favorite?

    yes i think he has a good insight into the racing life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    nothing tony britton always doe,s a great job


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  • Jane
    Darwin, Australia
    26/07/14
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    "Reassuringly 'decent' characters"

    Desite the odd murder and person of evil intent, the Dick Francis books are a consistently and reassuringly the England of a few decades ago: the dramas of the racecourse (never attended one in my life and never likely to, so this is a new world) and traditions of basic decency being upheld.

    This book held my interest throughout, the characters are alive and entertaining and it culminated in an unrushed and satisfying conclusion.

    And speaking of old boys, I always find the voice of Tony Britton, excellent reader that he is, much older than the late thirty something that is required in the Francis books. Also, his women's voices leave a lot to be desired. But for all that, his moderate and thoughtful tone underscores the world and its values that are being evoked.

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  • m
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    14/01/13
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    "Dreadful start, Great finish"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Even Money to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read it.


    Would you recommend Even Money to your friends? Why or why not?

    Very depressing first 3 hours. I also didn't relate to him as he makes bad decisions. I love Dick Francis so I assumed it would get better. The last hour is great and exciting and very positive.
    It become a good story, but I wouldn't recommend it as it took too long to get into.


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