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Summary

The night before the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket sees the great and the good of the horse-racing community gathered for a prestigious black-tie Gala dinner. It is a fitting testament to the glamour of the occasion that top chef Max Moreton is cooking the evening's meal.

Founder of the racing town's favourite Michelin-starred restaurant, the Hay Net, Max is something of a celebrity in Newmarket circles. However, spending the night retching in the throes of agony is the last thing Max expects. But much worse is to come ... his food is suspected of putting twenty-four of the dinner guests in hospital. Max's pride and professionalism tells him all is not as it seems.

Within hours, Max's restaurant is forcibly closed, his reputation teeters on the brink of ruin, and a court case looms. But the day is far from over, and soon Max Moreton finds himself desperately fighting for more than just his livelihood ...

©2007 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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Disappointing

Sadly the story is fairly dull from halfway through onwards and the reader sounds too old for the role - very sorry about this as I've loved his reading of previous Dick Francis books.
Wouldn't recommend it..

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Slow cooking not worth the wait

Sounds like an interesting scenario, but witten without any depth of insight into the restaurant business, and far far too slow in getting anywhere. Also Tony Britton is far too old to take on this role of a late-20s energetic chef. Gone are the amusing and entertaining characterisations of earlier Francis readings, and instead we're given a very downbeat exhausted rendering. I managed just over 2 hours of it before returning the title. Not recommended.

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Not the best

narrator is too old for the characters. plot development too slow. gets its pace on the second half

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Great story

Very enjoyable book dick Francis at his best. Lots of twists and turns and exciting dialogue.

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A good listen

As Always Tony Brittons narration is excellent as is the story. Dick Francis is one of my favourite authors. Detail and excitement.

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  • Tracey
  • 08-11-14

dead heat

Where does Dead Heat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it is another winner from the dick francis stable

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

it keeps you intreged wondering who is up to no good

Which character – as performed by Felix Francis and Tony Britton – was your favorite?

max

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no it gets you hooked on the story though

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  • Katharina
  • 25-02-13

Another great Dick Francis

What made the experience of listening to Dead Heat the most enjoyable?

The voice of the narrator and nice turns in the story: Allthough a completly new field (cooking instead of riding), it is well researched and this very interesting to get insights of how to run a restaurant.

What does Felix Francis and Tony Britton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tony Britton has such a gentle and calm voice, he is perfect for bringing Dick Francis'characters to life, which are usually no heroes, but no fools either.

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  • Rosemary
  • 10-10-11

Another Dick Francis Classic

Another Dick Francis Classic. Great with a fast moving engaging plot, a page turner,a great companion for anyone.