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Straight

Narrated by: Tony Britton
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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Summary

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 shadowy 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. His only hope of survival is to identify his brother's mysterious enemies.

Money hungry men who scorn the good and despise the straight

©1989 Dick Francis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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My favourite Dick Francis book

This is my all-time favourite Dick Francis book, brought beautifully to life by Tony Britton's matchless narration.

There is a really intriguing mystery to this story. The dead brother is a very secretive man with a love of electronic gadgets and hidden caches, and the story unfolds like a treasure hunt. As usual, Francis' central character is a likeable man, and you are behind him all the way, especially when the poor man is assaulted again and again, despite his already injured state!

His uncommunicative assistant is a joy, too - always ready and willing to help, and allergic to being thanked or paid for his trouble! The relationship between the two men is restful, giving our hero some respite during his all-too-painful exploits to get at the truth about his brother's final business dealings.

As with most of his novels, Dick Francis has chosen a secondary theme to the base-line horse-racing theme, in this case gemology; as always, it is well-researched and absolutely fascinating, and an unusual choice of subject which has the effect of making one want to find out more.

I really love this book!

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Worth a Return Visit

This is one of my all time favourite books which I bought in audio so that I could listen to it again whilst I was driving. The characters are very real and leap off the page and the setting, the semi-precious gem stone trade is interesting too. It's one of those books I find myself returning to re-read every now and then and for a crime novel (where there are no surprises once you have read it) that's rare even for a sad serial re-reader like me. If you enjoy this book try "To The Hilt", "Decider", "High Stakes" and "Hot Money" on the grounds that they are my other favourite Francis titles and perhaps we have similar tastes.

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Audio quality is poor . good story

Good story as always which stands the test of time. However the audio quality is poor at times. Very well read with different characters brought to life

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Another great book by Dick Francis.

Made all the more enjoyable by the fantastic story telling by Tony Britton, you never have any problems telling who's supposed to be speaking, since he is so good at changing his voice.

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Poor quality recording

One of my favourite Dick Francis books. I love that you learn something from these books that you never knew before, in this case gems.
The only problem was that the recording is in need of a healthcheck. It is very poor quality and needs an overhaul . so....Tony Britton, who narrates Dick Francis books really well as a rule, sounds a bit slow and muffled in places because of that.
Shame really.

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Fantastic

I loved this I have read it a couple of times but listening to it I found I got bit I missed. loved it !

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Great read

A great read, pity the technical recording was sub standard, ŵith back ground noise and hissing throughout the total book. Hence I have to mark down the overall read.

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A gem of a story.

First class rendition of a first class story. Tony Britton is a magician, he covered all the characters with consummate ease, even the ladies. I enjoyed reading this book but I more than enjoyed listening to it.

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top draw again

again another brilliant story, very well read by Tony.. congrats ,bravo...good mixture of voices..very enjoyable to listen too



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Brilliant story

Great novel read with a range of character voices that brought them to life. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

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  • TEREZA CHRYSANTHOU
  • 08-06-20

Sound problematic

The narrator's voice is different from other books ! The recording is very bad quality and is very tiring to listen !! I was disappointed because in Blood Sport , the voice of Tony Britton is wonderfully clear !! Why is that ? Is it not possible to fix the problem?

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  • Amber Smeenk
  • 25-08-17

lousy sound quality, great book and performer

buzz in background that stopped and started with end of each chapter, start of next. Voice/sound of reader changed between different recorded bits. great book though, very much enjoyed it.

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  • Stephen C Steffler
  • 06-08-17

I'm probably biased...

I went to sleep listening to an abridged version of this on tape through most of my youth and I couldn't help but compare the readers preformances... and found this one inferior at most points, which erked me, and the recording quality subpar when compared to the listening quality of my other audible titles. that said, it was the better option between the two recodings available and I still love the story hugely, more than enough to overlook these little nusesnse and revel in learning the knew details I'd never gotten on the old abridged tapes.

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  • Tracey
  • 19-12-14

straight

Would you consider the audio edition of Straight to be better than the print version?

haven,t read the print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of Straight?

the whole book is good hard to pick just one moment

Have you listened to any of Tony Britton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes good storyteller

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

no i just enjoyed it

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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.