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    • Odds Against

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134

    Amazing what bodily injury could do for a man. A fall from a racehorse had left brilliant jockey Sid Halley dangerously depressed, with a wrecked hand and the need for a new career. And now a bullet wound was helping him find one. He'd been with a detective agency since his racing accident, but it wasn't until some two-bit hoodlum drilled a slug into his side that he was sent out on a case of his own. That was where he met Zanna Martin, a woman who just might make life worth living again.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another good one

    • By David on 21-11-07

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    • Flying Finish

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    Henry Grey doesn't particularly care for having been born the heir to an earldom. he is a reserved young man whose greatest problem is his mother's match-making plots and whose greatest joy is to ride as an amateur steeplechase jockey. But on a sudden impulse, he throws in his respectable desk job to join a firm which transports racehorses all over the world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • believable story line

    • By Amazon Customer on 15-05-12

    Regular price: £24.49

    • In the Frame

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    The house was stripped bare of all its treasures. Gone was the furniture, the family silver, the paintings and the antique china. And if that was a shock for Charles Todd, painter of horses, how much more harrowing was the trauma for his cousin Donald, whose house it was and whose young wife lay on the sitting room floor, bloody and dead... A coincidental meeting with a middle-aged widow sends Charles off to Australia, on the trail of a gang with a fruitful business in forging works of art.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dick Francis at his best

    • By Mrs on 15-01-19

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    • Crossfire

    • By: Dick Francis, Felix Francis
    • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    Captain Thomas Forsyth’s second tour of Afghanistan is cut brutally short when he’s badly wounded by a roadside bomb. Tom’s world is torn apart by the injury – the Army is his life. The thought of never rejoining his regiment is a terrifying prospect and one that he is not willing to entertain. Tom returns to Lambourn, to his childhood home, where his mother is a racehorse trainer and the ‘First Lady’ of racing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Crossfire

    • By Mrs Patricia Lee on 27-11-11

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    • Proof

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    At an annual party to celebrate the success of the racing season, everything seemed to be running well to form, including the need for more champagne. Then a runaway horsebox ploughed into the marquee. A witness to the terrible death and destruction, wine merchant Tony Beach knows it is just one of those tragic accidents. But when his expert advice is called into play over sub-standard alcohol in a local night club, connections start to click, and another person dies, horribly.

    • out of 5 stars
    • Proof

    • By Kevin on 01-04-06

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    • Nerve

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    Despair, suicide, and obsessive hatred, mixed well with humor, love, and horses, brew up into the story of a battle between one man's nerve and another man's cunning. Robert Finn, steeplechase jockey, finds himself the focus of a malicious campaign which is also afflicting his friends. He sets out to discover its source, and remove it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb description of racing

    • By Simon Evers on 25-01-09

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    • The Edge

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172

    To the Jockey Club, the racing world would be a better place without Julius Apollo Filmer. An expert in corruption with a devastating line in witness intimidation, and proving to be a slippery character to put behind bars. Baffled, they call in undercover security agent Tor Kelsey to keep an unflinching eye on Filmer and his associates. A mission that takes him from the finest of English racecourses to the wild Canadian interior, on a luxury transcontinental train journey to end them all.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Such a shame

    • By KathyW, UK on 07-10-17

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    • Straight

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149

    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 shady 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favourite Dick Francis book

    • By Shoshi on 29-03-08

    Regular price: £24.49

    • Under Orders

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley. Former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well – but in his day, jockeys didn't usually reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest. But this is precisely how he finds jockey Huw Walker – who, only a few hours earlier, had won the coveted Triumph Hurdle.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Mr. J. M. Brooks on 23-10-07

    Regular price: £24.49

    • Longshot

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143

    John Kendall knows how to survive. He's written six handbooks on the subject. Now he wants to become a novelist, preferably without starving to death. But when cold and hunger set in, Kendall impulsively accepts an unlikely job. He is to research and write a biography of Tremayne Vickers, a famous racehorse trainer. Staying at Vickers' home in rural Berkshire, Kendall soon learns to like his host and friends, learns to ride racehorses, learns about murderers ...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Expect the unexpected

    • By Sue on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £24.49

    • Banker

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133

    Tim Ekaterin's merchant bank, like all banks, only invests in sure things. Now he's about to involve it in ₤5 million of prime horseflesh, a stallion called Sandcastle. Top breeders reckon it's the safest bet in racing. But racing doesn't just attract the money men of the city. It's riddled with all kinds of dubious dealmakers. People who don't think twice about breaking bones. People to whom no bet is safe until it's paid in blood, Ekaterin's blood.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By David on 18-08-07

    Regular price: £24.49

    • Twice Shy

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    When physics teacher Jonathan Derry is unwittingly given some computer tapes containing a bookie-breaking betting system, his sharp-shooting abilities come in extremely handy against the thug who comes looking for them. Fourteen years later, Jonathan's brother William is about to fall victim to the same thug. But this time, William is determined to play a cautious and crafty game. After all, once bitten ...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Francis

    • By A Genealogist on 15-11-06

    Regular price: £24.49

    • Silks

    • By: Dick Francis, Felix Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    When defence barrister Geoffrey Mason hears the judge’s verdict, he quietly hopes that a long and arduous custodial sentence will be handed down to his arrogant young client. That Julian Trent only receives eight years seems all too lenient. Little does Mason expect that he’ll be looking Trent in the eyes again much sooner than he’d ever imagined.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible casting for a disappointing book

    • By Kim Harris on 14-10-12

    Regular price: £24.49

    • Slay-Ride

    • Slay-Ride
    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    A British jockey, riding in Norway, has disappeared, and with him has gone a day's takings from the turnstiles of Oslo racecourse. The Norwegian police have found no trace of him, nor have the British, and the case is being filed as just one more unsolved theft. David Cleveland, investigator for the Jockey Club, is a last resort. He goes without much expectation, and finds himself in waters as dark and deep as the fjords.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Typical Francis

    • By Mandy on 12-07-14

    Regular price: £24.49

    • Even Money

    • By: Dick Francis, Felix Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    On the first day of Royal Ascot, the crowd rejoices in a string of winning favorites. Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker – taking over the family business from his grandfather – so he knows not to expect any sympathy from the punters as they count their winnings, and him his losses. He’s seen the ups and downs before – but, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if it’s worth it any more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another brilliant novel

    • By MoBotRio on 29-08-17

    Regular price: £24.49

    • Wild Horses

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another gem from Dick Francis

    • By Shoshi on 29-03-08

    Regular price: £24.49

    • To the Hilt

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thanks, an excellent book, a good listen.

    • By Mr on 21-04-14

    Regular price: £24.49

    • Blood Sport

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    Gene Hawkins, investigator by trade, was expert at arranging events so that they appeared accidental to all involved. Therefore, when he himself witnessed an ‘accident’ his curiosity flared up bright, and he insisted on looking into what he regarded as a work of art. A quarter of a million pounds worth of Derby-winning stallion had vanished into the Blue Grass of Kentucky... and a young man and a girl spent a dangerous afternoon in a punt on the River Thames.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • blood sport

    • By Mrs on 26-05-18

    Regular price: £24.49

    • Come to Grief

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    Sid Halley, the ex-champion jockey turned investigator who appears in Odds Against and Whip Hand, is back and facing new dilemmas and dangers. The opening finds him having uncovered an obnoxious crime committed by a friend whom he, and everyone else, has held in affection bordering on love.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent, as usual!

    • By Shoshi on 29-03-08

    Regular price: £24.49

    • Trial Run

    • By: Dick Francis
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Randall Drew is prevented from carrying on with his career in steeplechasing by poor eyesight. Restless and unsure of his future but pursuing an ardent love affair, he does not welcome an invitation to go to Moscow on a delicate investigation, but irresistible pressure is hard to refuse. A mysterious entity, "Alyosha", is threatening a royally-connected candidate for the Moscow Olympic Games; the candidate may be vulnerable to scandal which could set off intolerable diplomatic conflicts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Russia revisted

    • By Patj on 31-07-18

    Regular price: £24.49

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