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Wild Horses

Narrated by: Tony Britton
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

Once a blacksmith, now famous and respected as a newspaperman, Valentine Clark knows everyone who is anyone in the racing world. Aged, confused, blind and dying, he harbours a daunting secret that he is desperate to be rid of.

He makes last confession to his visiting film-director friend, Thomas Lyon, whom in his delirium he mistakes for a priest. Unburdened and at peace, Valentine passes away, yet his legacy remains, guarded by Thomas.

On location in Newmarket, Thomas is troubled by the old man's secret. Seeking to understand this puzzling revelation, he uncovers a long-unsolved mystery that he soon finds is very much unforgotten. But as much as he wants to learn more, it seems he already knows too much. Imaginative and decisive though he may be, he will need superhuman courage and extreme cunning to stay alive.

©1994 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Nothing short of dazzling." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Another winner from this popular writer." ( AudioFile)
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Another gem from Dick Francis

As with most of his novels, Dick Francis chooses a subsidiary theme in addition to that of horse racing. In this case, he chooses two: film making, and knives. Both are extraordinary - gripping and full of inside knowledge.

As usual, the central character is honest and likeable. He goes out of his way to care for the vulnerable, even though his own life is in the balance.

Dick Francis's love for, and special relationship with horses is evident as usual. His description of the filming of the wild horses at dawn is beautiful, and very moving. All in all, this is a really smashing book. Highly recommended!

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Wild Horses

As always Dick Francis writes a gripping thriller. I found it very difficult to stop listening to this as the tension built up. Tony Britton has the perfect voice to listen to and manages to change his voice for each character which adds to the enjoyment of the story.

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Great read

I didn't want to stop listening and couldn't work out who was guilty until near the end.

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Unputdownable

A beautifully read , as only Tony Britton can, story that is unusual but well researched background material.
A really enjoyable unpredictable whodoneit.

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Fabulous Francis Wins Again

This is a great Francis story at a great pace that had me totally hooked.

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So enjoyable

I loved the book many years ago and the audio version was top notch. I've held off getting another audio book by this author as the recording quality of the last one was so bad, but I'm pleased I tried again.

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Fantastic! <br />the imagery is outstanding! <br /><br /><br />

Why watch a movie when the written word is so
ivoicecative. Dick Francis is a wizard for writing words that form mental images.

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Brilliant reading marred by minor detail

The mispronunciation of Happisburgh (the pp is silent) was the only niggle in an otherwise great,gripping reading

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Brought to life

I have read this book myself but the brilliant reading of Tony Britton brought it even more to life.
Lovers of Dick Francis would appreciate the acting which made each character special.
I fully intend to listen to many more.

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The complete package

Wasted a complete day because I could not put this down. Loved it from start to finish.

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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.

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  • Doug Wilkie
  • 27-09-14

You have to love a good Francis novel.

Where does Wild Horses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As with many Francis novels it would rank above average. Keeps you thinking.

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

Kept you thinking,, kept my interest wondering what would come next.

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  • Tracey
  • 15-09-14

wild horses

Would you listen to Wild Horses again? Why?

yes probably dick francis books are rereadable and are a good listening book

Who was your favorite character and why?

the racing scene seem to hold a lot of corruption and secrets the books incline

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

yes he seems to have a knowledge of the racing and jockey life

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

not much he seems to bring the book together