©1988 Dick Francis; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
Dick Francis rarely disappoints me. This is one of my favourites among his novels. As usual, his central character is a man of decency and integrity, and immensely likeable; I particularly enjoyed this one's relationships with his work colleagues and others, and the mature and balanced way in which he deals with his wealth, not allowing it to interfere with his life, which he wants to count for something. He is tenacious in the face of danger, and it is gratfying to see the villain progressing unknowingly towards his defeat.
The Canadian backdrop is a delight. Dick Francis has an obvious love for the country and people, making this a heart-warming novel.
Enjoyable in the extreme!
Oh dear, having read many Dick Francis books since I was a teenager, I decided to join Audible which I have been enjoying for almost a year, all my credits going on Dick Francis novels read by Tony Britton. I have thoroughly enjoy them all. But there is one exception; 'The Edge'. It is so dreary & I could not recommend it to anyone ! There is none of the usual excitement and the plot was simply not up to the normal standard of Mr Francis.
Don't waste a credit on this one !
The story is great, as you would expect from Dick Francis. I read it years ago and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it in 2017. His work ages very well. Tony Britton reads it wonderfully. The problem with it is that the quality of the audio file is poor. It speeds up and slows down, making Tony Britton sound alternately asleep or manic. This is a fault in the production, not in the reading, which is excellent.
Audio was abit patchy earlier in the story but gets better. Also, the man reading starts low in his voice at the start of every chapter and goes up an octave throughout the following pages. So some performance inconsistencies- however it was an engaging storyline.
ive been a dick francies fan from a kid i have a love of race horses and love all his books im slowly geting tgem all as i used have them on tape
Yes and No. I aiways liked Dick Francis but not too many horses or actual racing in this..
I'll be going on a similar trip and was interested in the journey.
I thought his voice was too old for the character I.imagined. I had not listened to him before.
I love Dick Francis books but The Edge was special - I worked for Air Canada in London for 25 years in which time visited lots of the places mentioned right from the East coast to the West coast - I am now retired and don't travel as much but this book took me back on a very happy journey right from Toronto to Vancouver - I with my family travelled on the train from Calgary where we stayed at the Chateau lake Louise - we then went over the Rockies in the glass topped carriage To Vancouver - however as on special discounted tickets (airline discounted ) we had to sit in seats no luxury sleepers for us - also travelled on the 15.00 LHR TO YVR many times - I felt that I also was on that train again and in Canada - thank you.
The story is engaging and moves at a good pace mostly, with some great descriptions of the train journey across Canada
Tony Britton does a fine job with all the different voices and accents, unfortunately it is often ruined by the recording quality which varies wildly and at times is barely audible (no pun intended). It's as if he recorded each chapter in a totally different studio with totally different equipment. Bizarre.
"Dick Does It Again"
I will count this as one of my favourite Dick
Francis books. It has everything you expect from him; humour, crime, a hint of romance, a history on rail travel, and all done in an extremely entertaining way. His research is extensive, so I trust everything he writes in relation to the racing industry in Canada, the travel industry, and Canadian Rail. Bravo Mr. Francis.
"Easy listen that pulls you in."
The narrator was easy to listen to and added just enough vocal changes to create charater differentiation and interest. I've read Dick Francis before and once again he showed he was the master of this particular genre. Fastpaced and good twists and turns that keep you guessing and wanting to find out how things end. Worth a listen particularly on those long plane flights.
Hard to pick one. That's a Dick Francis skill. He takes you on a roller coaster ride from one crisis to the next.
Train track to horse track the race to save lives is on.
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