Setting aside his barrister's wig, Mason heads to Sandown to don his racing silks. An amateur jockey, his true passion is to be in the saddle, on a thoroughbred pounding the turf. But when a fellow rider is brutally murdered, Mason's racing life soon becomes all too close to his working life.
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"absolutely terrible book"
This is the worst book I have ever had on Audible, the reader was completely unsuitable for the characters he was to portray, everybody sounded as though they were over 65 and on their last legs, the plot is about a young man, age 36 and his tedious investigation of a murder on behalf of the accused. The long and bored explanation s of legal proceedures and racing rules drove us to making sacastic comments as we listened in the car on our Summer holiday. The very predictable villian was obvious very early on and the stupid behaviour of the main character was unbelievable. The romantic interest started off quite well but quickly the young lady became as stupid and long winded as her man. I usually quite enjoy Dick francis but this is appalling and would beg you not to waste your money or credit on this boring long and extremely irritating book
I agree with the previous reviewer, the story was ruined by the narrator. Trying to imagine this voice to be that of a 36 year old man was impossible; it acted as an irritant throughout the audio book.
This audiobook suffers from what is becoming a quite common problem at the moment. The story is in the first person, told by a character who is 36 years old, but the actor narrating is actually 86 years old, and quite breathless at times. It makes listening to the story an unconvincing experience, particularly during the action sequences, and it seems the publishers should be paying more attention to their casting for first-person narratives, rather than sticking with old favourites.
Having read all Dick Francis' novels, I was curious how he could write any new ones. Turned out to be a great story, in keeping with all the previous books. Congratulations to Felix for continuing his father's great work.
Only complaint. ...as good as Tony Britten was, the old voice didn't suit the character.
"Terrible casting for a disappointing book"
The first thing to say is that this is definitely not Dick Francis's best book by a very long way. It is poorly paced and does not have the characterization of other novels. However, this is made worse by the reading by Tony Britton who, being elderly, has a very elderly voice, completely at odds with the age of the protagonist. Always in your head is a vision of an elderly person. If this were not bad enough, the attempts by the reader to impersonate women are truly dreadful. The young woman vet sounds like an old biddy with a falsetto upper class voice.
Don't buy this reading. If you are a Dick Francis fan, buy the book instead. Better still, re-read one of his old books and give this one a miss. I definitely won't be buying any more of the readings by this actor.
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