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Summary

Peter Darwin was hoping for some quiet leave from the Foreign Office. Instead he found himself in the village of his childhood, at the service of a veterinary surgeon whose operating theater was rapidly acquiring an unwanted reputation as an abattoir.

The sudden unexplained death of a string of valuable racehorses from one small area in Gloucestershire was a mystery the police couldn't solve. But Darwin was local. He remembered people and what was at stake. And now he knew enough to get himself killed.

©1991 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Good story... sound Very poor .

Well read , good story but sound quality very poor. Background noise very distracting.
This book should be re read or withdrawn ! Unfair to charge for this audio book, if it was bought from a shop I would have returned it for a refund!

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  • Sheri
  • LONDON SW17, United Kingdom
  • 29-10-17

Good story - terrible sound quality

the book is really impacted by the very poor sound quality - makes it difficult to listen

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Classic Francis

I loved this as I drove to & from the Q.E. Hospital, 3 hours of great story telling. Made the journey flash by & I looked forward to the motorways!
But there is a background noise to this recording which was VERY distracting. It varies though the book & I did wonder if Tony Britton was sat in a mens' public lavatory whilst reading. Both tinkling water & later birdsong, I found my brain straining to identify. This meant I had to re listen to several parts over & over to get the storyline.
Background noise is sometimes incongruous to the setting of a chapter & it certainly affects the concentration & pleasure of listening.
This would certainly bear re-recording!

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Winner

Tony Britton brings the novel alive. the best narrator.I've head so far. a perfect companion to a great novelist

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Comeback

One of the first audio books I listened to when it came out on cassette. Now I am pleased to be able to listen on Audible.
Tony Britton for me hits the spot as narrator. The story is interesting with a good dash of horse/veterinary information

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Good story

Enjoyed the story and very well read, but was the narrator sitting in an aviary with a water feature tinkling in the background ?

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great story

Tony Britain is an excellent narrator and Dick Francis an excellent writer very enjoyable listen.




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  • cc
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Poor sound quality

Would you listen to Comeback again? Why?

I would not listen again, the sound is poor with background hiss and noise. I started to listen out for the background noise and not so much on the story which is a shame as I have always enjoyed his audio books in the past.

What three words best describe Tony Britton’s voice?

Rich expressive calming

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would not listen in one sitting

Any additional comments?

There were also gaps in the recording, quite distracting.

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Terrible sound in places!

Terrible sound in places!
Otherwise great. Classic Dick Francis, only spoilt at times by the suspicion that this recorded in a very amateur way.

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great

as expected, first class, thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish., perfect for a long flight

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  • Rune
  • 27-09-07

Horses that dies

As many others I believed that horses and novell's about them were mainly for girls. But this book is definetly not. It can of course be read by them, but not solely by them. Well, now to the book.

The book is a mystery-novell, in a british veterinary-clinic. Horses are dying on the table and a young veterinarian is being blamed for it. Now it is all up to Peter Darwin, an employe with the foreign-office. to help his new friend in uncover the mystery. As he gets deeper into the mystery, he finds out that it is not acidentially, but intentionally. Someone wants the clinic to close down. But who is it and why. Danger comes closer as does the answer to the riddle.

The book is exiting and well written. You get drawn into the world of horses and murder. The carecters are interesting, and the dept of them is very good. you are hooked from ten minutes in and all the way to the end.