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Summary

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. After a scuffle, he is left for dead with only the words ‘‘Where is it?' ringing in his ears. The days that follow contain more danger than he could ever imagine.

©1996 Dick fFancis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Mr
  • 21-04-14

Thanks, an excellent book, a good listen.

Would you listen to To the Hilt again? Why?

I would listen again, the storyline was good, I listened over a long weekend, sandwiched between DIY and Gardening, Gave up TV and enjoyed the experience. Wanted to hustle it along occasionally, but that is part of the enjoyment, you felt you were there.

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Excellent

I have sofar enjoyed all Dick Francis books but this was one of the best.

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Brilliant

Subtle twists keeps you thinking and alert to the story, Tony Britton an exalent reader

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Pure entertainment

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

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The Hilt

Excellent book, very good story, I enjoyed it and will listen to many more. Thanks very much

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  • Dyane
  • DRIFIELD, EAST YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom
  • 15-01-17

Painting of danger

Yet another brilliant crime novel from hthe Frances stable, read by the excellent Tony Britton. Highly enjoyable

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Loved it and learned lots!

The kids and I loved this. At first I thought the narrator's voice was too old to play a 29 year-old, , but he's such a good voice actor that it didn't matter. A real hit for adults and kids!

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Entertaining

Enlightening, informative, entertaining. Would recommend to non DF fans as a good read. Engaging plot right to the end

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A good Dick Francis

What made the experience of listening to To the Hilt the most enjoyable?

quick paced interesting plot

What other book might you compare To the Hilt to, and why?

The edge also by Dick Francis. Another interesting story, with a few twists. easy listening

What does Tony Britton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator has a warm voice, bringing the characters to life

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

i liked the relationships between the characters.

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Tony Britton's narration is totally inappropriate

How could the performance have been better?

Tony Britton is a very elderly man. The protagonist is a young man in his twenties and the crackling, plummy voice narrating the story was completely ridiculous and ruined an enjoyable book. Britton's female voices were like something out of Mrs Doubtfire. Sadly, He has lent his voice to many more of D F's books - which I shall be avoiding.

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  • Tracey
  • 31-05-14

to the hilt

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

haven,t read the print version use audio to drive and make the journey more enjoyabale

What other book might you compare To the Hilt to and why?

dead cert typical dick francis style

What about Tony Britton’s performance did you like?

he narrates the books well

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when alex is in trouble on the mountain

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  • Rosemary
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Another Dick Francis Classic

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