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  • Once Upon a Time: The Lives of Bob Dylan

  • By: Ian Bell
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 26 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

The ultimate biography of Bob Dylan. Half a century ago a youth appeared from the American hinterland and began a cultural revolution. The world is still coming to terms with what he did. How he did it - and why - has never been fully explored. In Once Upon a Time, award-winning writer Ian Bell draws together the tangled strands of the many lives of Bob Dylan in all their contradictory brilliance. For the first time, the laureate of modern America is set in his entire context: musical, historical, literary, political, and personal.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Painful and above all dull

  • By Phil on 06-09-16

Dylan for the purest

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-18

A very thorough in depth delivery about a very complicated genius. Not for the casual listener.If you want to know who and what Bob Dylan is all about and how he came about this is a must listen.David Thorpe narrates with top class delivery.

  • Field of 13

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Dick Francis has written 36 best selling novels, one autobiography, and one biography. With Field of 13, he turns his hand to the short story. The settings range from the national Hunt at Cheltenham, where a middle-aged owner falls in love with her jockey, to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, where demon drink and wilting willpower take their toll.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bite sized 10/10 entertainment

  • By Grumpy pensioner 🤔 on 11-07-18

Bite sized 10/10 entertainment

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

A total variety of "how's it going to finish",top class reading and writing,well presented.

  • Break In

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 103

Steeplechase jockey Kit Fielding has just ridden another winner for his patron – the Princess – when his distraught twin sister Holly comes to him with terrible news. A newspaper is printing stories that will put her husband, Bobby Allardeck, and his stables out of business.Putting aside the age-old Fielding-Allardeck feud, Kit decides to try to find out who is behind these cruel stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Ellen on 28-06-18

10/10

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-17

Yet again a 10/10 A1 100% top class mystery with the audible top performance of Tony Britton.

  • Rat Race

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Ian Ogilvy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Hired to fly four racing buffs to the track, pilot Matt Shore expects it will be the kind of job he likes: quick and easy. Until, that is, he’s forced to make an emergency landing just minutes before the plane explodes. Luckily, no one is hurt, but it isn’t long before Matt realises that he’s caught up in the rat race of violent criminals who are dead-set on putting anyone who stands in their way on the wrong side of the odds.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Simon Evers on 17-05-13

Flight of quality

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-17

Dick Francis has yet again taken another aspect of life and mixed it with the world of racing and thrilled yet again.

  • To the Hilt

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Artist Alexander Kinloch has worked out a good pattern for his life. His home is a small bothy on a remote mountain in Scotland; he paints on commission, from which he derives both pleasure and a decent income; he lives alone and likes it. One day, however, Alexander's peace is violently shattered when he returns home to find a group of strangers waiting for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks, an excellent book, a good listen.

  • By Mr on 21-04-14

Pure entertainment

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-17

Yet another first rate entertaining mystery from beginning to end,characters abound and add to the entertainment.

  • Straight

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Derek Franklin is an injured jockey. The last fence at Cheltenham has left him on crutches. But his brother’s death means even bigger trouble. He inherits a jewellery business, a mistress – and some very shady business associates. Franklin likes to play things straight. But with £1.5 million in diamonds gone missing, he finds honesty can be a deadly virtue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite Dick Francis book

  • By Shoshi on 29-03-08

A real gem

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-17

From start to finish a top rated suspense thriller by a truly top author.Next please !

  • Triple Crown

  • By: Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Jeff Hinkley, a British Horseracing Authority investigator, has been seconded to the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA), where he has been asked to find a mole in their organisation, an informant who is passing on confidential information to fix races. Jeff goes in search of answers, taking on an undercover role as a groom on the backstretch at Belmont Park racetrack in New York. But he discovers far more than he was bargaining for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very interesting story on American Racing

  • By P G. on 27-02-18

Triple share of quality

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-17

Yet another top quality racing suspense thriller with an introduction to American horse racing.Must close now to start my next Francis audio book.

  • High Stakes

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old Favourite

  • By Frances on 21-06-09

Nothing but the best

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-17

Yet another first class read about the world of racing and intrigue ,Tony Britton excels with his input of different voices.

  • For Kicks

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

When the horse that wins a race gallops in with frothing mouth and popping eyes, what is more natural than to suspect that someone¿s slipped a booster into his oats? With eleven steeplechasers hurtling over the finish line in this pepped up states and all the dope tests conclusively negative, the Earl of October had something of a problem if he wanted to preserve the health of his favorite sport.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-moving action

  • By Jean on 26-09-11

Unputdownable

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-17

Having both read and listened to Dick and Felix Francis over many years this is the first time I have gone from start to finish in such a short time.A really really top class listen with Tony Brittons dialects adding to the enjoyment.

  • Bloodline

  • By: Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

When Mark Shillingford commentates on a race in which his twin sister Clare, an accomplished and successful jockey, comes in third, he can't help but be suspicious. As a professional race-caller, he knows she should have won. Did she lose on purpose? Was the race fixed? Why on earth would she do something so out of character? That night, Mark confronts Clare with his suspicions, but she storms off after an explosive argument. It's the last time Mark sees her alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant new narrator, super new novel

  • By MoBotRio on 07-09-17

Top class mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-17

From start to finish I was kept intrigued as to what was next and what was the outcome.Really professionally narrated,recommended for all to enjoy.