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Jonathan Andrews

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Enjoyable but a bit fed up with the clowns

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-17

I quite enjoyed this book and it was good to listen to. The only thing I would say is if you haven't read the preceding book or like me can't remember it you are rather lost at times to know what on earth is going on.
The leading man Cody isn't really a very likeable character and there are many times I feel like shaking him and shouting get a grip.
It also seemed a rather long book with long passages of description and detail but then it suddenly finished rather unexpectedly.
I will be interested in further from this author.

Over complicated

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-17

Have been a Dick Francis fan for years and loved the balance of intrigue, mystery, different relationships between people and romance in his books together with all the fascinating stuff about being in the world of horse racing This novel shows where Felix is so different as the balance seems to be gone and parts of the storyline felt superfluous. Certain parts also felt very familiar and I'm sure have been previously used by Dick in other books..
This one also had long and boring sections of romance ( think Mills and Boon) and illness just to increase the pain. At times it felt like a medical text book and really was completely unnecessary for the plot or story line.in conclusion worth a punt if your a real Dick Francis fan but bear in mind it wasn't written by him and hopefully you won't be disappointed.

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Good listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-17

Overall I enjoyed this book especially once I'd got used to the bouncing back and forth in time. The characters were interesting although I agree with other reviewers that it was a bit too 50 shades of grey for my liking. The sex scenes didn't really contribute to the story line and I could have done well without them. Clever plot and unexpected ending.

Not bad

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-17

This book has a reasonable story line and conclusion with as always good winning out over evil. Although v similar to Dicks books I find Francis s lack something that I can't quite put my finger on and this is one of those.
Sids wife in the prior books was feisty and strong but in this so wet I forgot I had met her before. Part of the story line appeared superfluous but it may have been there to allow a further Sid Halley episode to be written. Not a bad listen but not brilliant either.

Excellent and unexpected

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-17

Although rather long at 20 hours this is a great listen. The characters and the relationships between them are great. It made me laugh throughout as the dialogue is really funny. The story is also good but secondary to the characters. This one is well worth listening to.

Need to concentrate with this one

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

This is a complicated storyline told at different stages and constantly moving between these stages. I found it surprisingly gripping and listened to it in long stretches as I wanted to get to the bottom of it.
It's quite long but do stick with it it's worth it.

Riveting!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-17

This is an excellent listen which has kept me hooked for the whole weekend. The characters are excellent to form opinions on and the story not over complicated but extremely good. I really enjoyed this and am already missing it now it's finished.

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Endless

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I don't think these are my style of books. It seemed endless with all sorts of almost ends but it then carried on. The reader has a nice voice which frankly I found very soporific and kept falling asleep when the story failed to grab my attention which was most of the time.
I wanted to slap both heroes much of the time and found most of the characters irritating and boring. I won't be attempting any more of these.

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Not that exciting

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-16

Not a bad listen as the reader does an excellent job. I found the story rather slow and a bit predictable in all honesty but pleasant to listen to all the same.

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-16

I love these books. This one weaves a fantastic plot with a number of surprises dotted throughout.
Listened to it over a couple of days and truly enjoyed it and thought the conclusion was very satisfying. Would strongly recommend.