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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,564 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Francis Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538462492
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Steven Scott is relatively new to horses. A successful, wealthy inventor, he takes up horse racing as a hobby—a hobby that soon brings him winner after winner under the inspired guidance of his trainer, Jody Leeds. Currently both their reputations are wrapped up in a beautiful black hurdler named Energise.

But just when Steven is winning at both women and horses, he discovers deceit in his own stables. Termination of the troublemaker marks Steven for his own termination—and much sooner than he can imagine.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Francis] has the uncanny ability to turn out simply plotted yet charmingly addictive mysteries.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “The best thriller writer going.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “Few things are more convincing than Dick Francis at a full gallop.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Dick Francis is a wonder.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jnviani | 2/10/2014

    " Interesting account of a toymaker and his introduction to horse racing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/1/2014

    " I like these books. They are light and entertaining without a lot of disturbing images. A nice break from the heavy mystery/thrillers I normally read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Davies | 10/3/2013

    " This one was a good quality, fast paced very tense read. I am so glad that Dick Francis was such a good solid and very prolific author as I do find that his books are enjoyable and comforting. Its good to know that the bad guy always either gets caught or does not either profit or prosper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 9/13/2013

    " Good writing, characters, plot and plot twists! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 9/5/2013

    " A fun horse book. It wasn't outstanding, but it was a quick, fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 8/10/2013

    " This is an earlier Dick Francis book. It is a little slow out the gate, but the ending is pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 7/8/2013

    " Ahh, the 70s Francis that I'm used to. A likable protagonist, unannoying romantic plot, likable friends, and a less complicated ending than usual. good vacation reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nitin | 7/4/2013

    " Fluff by Francis' standards, but good clean fun nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 4/30/2013

    " I thought I had read all of DF's books, but I don't remember this one at all. Enjoyable even though you know exactly who the villain(s) are right from the beginning. The main character is just so likeable (as in all his novels, really). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Hochstrasser | 3/11/2013

    " When a horse owner finds out his trainer is stealing from him in an ingenious way, he takes all of his horses away from the yard. This ruins the trainer and he plots revenge. A fast paced book that is hard to put down. One of my favorite Francis editions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JanB | 10/13/2012

    " Excellent. This is only my second Dick Francis book but won't be my last. Extremely well written with well developed characters. Great narrator "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 9/25/2012

    " Wealthy toy maker takes revenge on trainer who stole his race horse "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loralie | 11/6/2011

    " as always, such a fun read. francis is really a fall back for me when i just want something quick and entertaining. has never let me down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 8/19/2011

    " My favorite Dick Francis book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Kraft | 3/29/2011

    " So good! Comfortable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 10/28/2007

    " A revenge story that lacked lustre. Romance seemed flat. I just couldn't get interested in any of the characters. The horses brought the most to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanette Johnson | 10/5/2007

    " I've loved every other Dick Francis novel I have read. Through most of this book, I had a lot of empathy for the main character - it began to wane with the love scene at the beach, which came back as callous towards his girlfriends feelings of reluctance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/22/2005

    " A a good ready with a clever twist and ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 12/7/2005

    " Usual quality of Dick Francis books, which I happen to really like when I want to read something that's simply an enjoyable read. Nothing deep, just a nice mix of intrigue, suspense, and an inside look at the world of horse racing. This time there was also a pleasant little romance on the side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 woody | 7/19/2005

    " Steven Scott is a horse owner and wealthy inventor who is being taken for a ride by his trainer. Scott soon realizes that revenge is driving the crooked trainer and no one knows how far he is willing to go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 8/26/2002

    " My favorite of Dick's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peregrina651 | 2/9/2002

    " Another DF re-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 4/5/2001

    " Another interesting mystery that takes place in part at the track (and trainers' farms). This one revolves around an owner who made his money inventing toys - not the kinds of characters I've run into in previous Francis books. Engaging. "

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About the Author
Author Dick Francis

Dick Francis, (1920–2010) a former champion steeplechase jockey, was the author of many bestselling mysteries set in the world of horse racing. The only three-time recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for best novel, his awards include the Gold Dagger, the Cartier Diamond Dagger, the MWA’s Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tufts University of Boston, and in 2000 he received a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.