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  • Gamble

  • By: Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

As one of the youngest ever winners of the Grand National, Nick ‘Foxy’ Foxton’s career as a world-class jockey is on perfect track until a near-fatal accident cuts his dream brutally short. But when he returns to Aintree as a spectator years later, nothing can prepare him for what unfolds. Minutes before the biggest event on the racing calendar, Nick’s affable American colleague Herb Kovak is shot at point-blank range, the gunman disappearing among the stunned crowd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His father's son

  • By Gordon on 07-01-12

Following in his Father's footsteps

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

As a great fan of Dick Francis I was very sad to think that there would be no new titles coming along for me to enjoy. Then I bought "Gamble" by his son, Felix.



Here was all the excitement, the fast-moving story, the ingenious twists and the satisfying climax that I had come to expect in the Dick Francis books, and I was gripped! So often when a different writer takes over from a long established favourite the result is disappointing but Felix Francis, who had collaborated with his father before the death of Dick Francis, has succeeded in keeping the tradition alive.



I hope Felix Francis will continue to write more novels and I shall look forward to his next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Northanger Abbey

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Catherine Morland reads tales of Gothic romance, yet leads a country life in Wiltshire. When she travels to Bath, she meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney. She is invited by his sister and father to stay at Northanger Abbey, where she meets all the trappings of Gothic horror that she has read about. Fortunately, she has her own good sense and irresistible but unsentimental hero, Henry Tilney.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story, hate the voice.

  • By hattie on 02-03-16

A beautiful reading

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-09

The reader of this edition of Northanger Abbey is Juliet Stevenson, whose voice is perfect for Jane Austen. She brings out the character of each personality in the book and beautifully and subtly conveys Jane Austen's gentle irony. However this version is spoiled for me by the intrusive music at the end of each chapter, which breaks up the flow of the story. The music itself is beautiful and appropriate to the period of the book, but if I want to listen to music I will listen to a CD, and if I want to listen to a book I do not want to have the flow constantly and artificially interrupted.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Of all Jane Austen's books, Pride and Prejudice has earned a special place in the hearts of the reading public as her best-loved and most intimately known novel. From its famous opening sentence, the story of Elizabeth and Darcy, told with a wit that its author feared might prove "rather too light and bright, and sparkling," delights its most familiar readers as thoroughly as it does those who encounter it for the first time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment

  • By Lorna on 05-11-09

Disappointment

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-09

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is one of the best loved and best known classics of English literature. This version is read by Juliet Stevenson, one of the best readers, whose voice is perfectly suited to Jane Austen's style. However the book has been so cut up, so clumsily and brutally abridged, and so much of Jane Austen's elegant writing has been removed that it is hardly possible even to follow the bare bones of the story. We jump from one scene to another with no explanation, making it almost impossible to understand what is happening and with no attempt to build the atmosphere or to flesh-out the characters. Jane Austen's very real, understandable and amusing characters have seem reduced to mere cardboard cut-outs, and this is hardly more than a bald synopsis of thestory. A desecration!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful