The pleasure of a day at Sandown is spoiled for Steven Scott when he sacks his trainer, a one time friend whom he suspects is a crook. Racing may have its rewards, but as Scott finds out not all of them are innocent, or legal.
©1975 Dick Francis; (P)Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
I have always loved this book and it was a joy to become reaquainted via audio book. Tony Briton is an excellent voice artist and manages the wide range of accents required admirably. The characters are very real and like all Francis characters from a wide range of backgrounds. Like most of his earlier works the action is set mainly in the racing world but most of the principal characters come from outside that world which makes it all the more interestin. I know lots of people that don't try Dick Francis because they are not interested in horses. Don't let that stop you. The book is about people, their strenths and weeknesses, their virtues and their flaws. The horses are part of the scenery and the plot but knowledge of and interest in horses is not required to enjoy this book. Of cours, if you like the horses than that's a bonus. Very compulsive listening and a good introduction to Dick Francis if you have not read him before.
This book although dated in a number of ways, was good, but due to the very poor sound quality left me feeling that I wish i hadn't bothered with it. there is tape hissing noises, fuzzy narrative and gaps
lf the sound quality wasn't so annoying i would have kept the book
Tony Britton's performance was spoiled by recording quality normally i find him a great narrator.
Yes, return this version and look forward to buying a new recorded version
please Audible fix quality so i can buy this again
Happily the publishers have cleaned up this recording so as at April 2017 it's fairly flawless.
'High Stakes' is a pretty good story of a rich toymaker who's invested in horseflesh but has finally realised that his trainer has been fleecing him for years. The racing world turns against him when he sacks the trainer, and he finds it difficult to fight back against the ensuing slander and subsequent crooked dealings. The storyline is fairly gripping with interesting characters, although the final twists and turns are a bit predictable.
What spoils this reading is Tony Britton's utter inability to do women's voices - they're always delivered in an alarming falsetto which breaks the concentration. Luckily in this story there's only one woman (the love interest), who's absent for much of the time, so if you can grind your teeth and put up with it then this recording is bearable. It would be better, though, if the publisher could find a much younger voice actor to re-record the Francis canon - and one who can do women's voices too!
very good enjoyable all the way through with lots of twist and great details well read
"Another excellent Francis novel"
Whether you are already a fan or are new to Dick Francis novels you are sure to like this one. Tony Britton brings all the characters to life with a wonderful performance.
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