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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,962 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Francis Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781461810414
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With this New York Times bestseller, Dick Francis creates an intoxicating blend of the good life, fast horses, and nail-biting suspense.

After a shattering accident plunges a society soiree into chaos, an unassuming wine merchant is left with the bitter aftertaste of suspicion and fear. While catering an outdoor party for a prominent horse trainer, Tony Beach hears rumors of inferior whisky being sold under premium labels. All of that is forgotten, however, when a runaway horse trailer suddenly plows into the guest-filled tent. Later, after the last victim is pulled from the debris, he begins searching for answers to both the fraudulent spirits and the disaster. As Tony follows up leads, he finds himself pulled deeper and deeper into a treacherous world filled with greed, deception, and unspeakable murder.

Incomparable storyteller Dick Francis grabs your attention on page one and keeps you riveted throughout to the smashing finish. With narrator Simon Prebble’s dramatic timing and superb accents, you’ll find Proof a vintage mystery to be savored.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride. The same is true of his crime writing.”

    Daily Mirror

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 2/20/2014

    " Wine seller and taster Tony Beach goes after bootleggers (cheap liquor under fine labels). The racing world that Francis is known for trots in and out of the story as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/17/2014

    " I always enjoy reading a good Dick Francis novel. They are pretty clean, the language isn't too bad, and not a lot of sex.... Sometimes I even reread the books, because it's like being with a friend you haven't seen in several years. I really enjoy the characters he uses, and also enjoy the series he wrie about too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nitin | 2/9/2014

    " At best a tangential connection to racing, but a good fun read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerilyn | 2/3/2014

    " It's mystery. It's British. How can I resist easy entertainment as fun as this? Dick Francis' men are all interchangeable, and remind me of James Bond with more morals and less drama. This is one of my favorites (meaning I can actually connect the plot with the title). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 2/3/2014

    " Dick Francis stories are sold as mysteries, but I always see them as more than that - they are tales about ordinary guys who are swept up into the battle of good against evil and choose to but it all on the line to see that good wins. They are life affirming tales. This one stands out especially, because it tells about a man who had suffered a terrible loss and how he learned overcome his own past and find purpose in life again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sho | 1/29/2014

    " Having read Silks, recently, I checked my Dick Francis collection and discovered that I didn't have a copy of Proof which I know I've read (probably my mum's copy) so I got one. And now I have to read it. (there are a few more I don't own but I know I've read them too). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 N | 1/25/2014

    " I know nothing about horse races or alcohol, but I still enjoyed this book. Glad I found it in my basement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 1/7/2014

    " I don't always go for these wine "taster identifier" stories but this one wound round a pretty good story of theft and discovery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Moscoso | 12/31/2013

    " Dick Francis is always a great read.! In this book I also learned about wine. Fun! Fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Reeser | 12/25/2013

    " The best Dick Francis I can ever remember reading. If you've never read him, this is a good one to start on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 12/16/2013

    " Another favorite I'll read over & over. It taught me about grief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 11/30/2013

    " Less horse intensive, but still an enjoyable Francis who-dun-it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Bullock | 11/26/2013

    " I have read so many of his that I don't know what ones I haven't read so I just marked this one. I like him, he is a fast easy read and keeps me entertained between other series that I am reading. They are always about horse racing but the characters change. The setting is usually in Europe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Diggs | 11/25/2013

    " Loved it. Good mystery with interesting details about the alcohol industry. Characters, plot, its all there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/25/2013

    " Dick Francis is just really satisfying to me. Enough suspense and danger, with characters I care about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 10/27/2013

    " Love Dick Francis' style- easy to read, well-developed characters, and all around good who-dun-its. I sort of expected them to all be the same, with new character names, but I've been pleasantly surprised! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 8/5/2013

    " An enjoyable radio play based on the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Johnson | 2/6/2013

    " Dick Francis is one of my all time favorite mystery writers and this particular one I've read over and over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janis1191 | 11/14/2012

    " The hero of this book, Tony Beach, is the man I want to marry. =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 7/18/2012

    " This is a book I go back to every couple of years. I love the lead character, his quiet strength and growth from his desolation into living again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Overton | 5/29/2012

    " My introduction to the world of Dick Francis and I was hooked! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 4/22/2012

    " One of my all time favorites. This is one of the ones I recommend to Dick Francis virgins. Interesting, fast paced and accessible. Good emotional content and some of the most graphic scenes in Francis' work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/21/2011

    " My first Dick Francis novel, thanks to my dad. Can't wait to read more. Even though this was published in 1985 I still thoroughly enjoyed it, I finished it in 2 days! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dave | 11/6/2011

    " I don't dig Dick Francis. Only picked this up because my Grandma loves these books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zimmer | 10/27/2011

    " good interesting story - loved the weight and texture of the paper in my copy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan F | 9/4/2011

    " One of the early Dick Francis novels, this was well researched in the whiskey dept. May have given me my first appreciation of the drink. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 9/3/2011

    " I recommend Dick Francis as an author in general. his horse racing mysteries are just fun reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 7/8/2011

    " Loved it. Good mystery with interesting details about the alcohol industry. Characters, plot, its all there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 5/19/2011

    " Another favorite I'll read over & over. It taught me about grief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 4/23/2011

    " So excited! BBC's 'radio' style production is the bomb... The ending made me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 11/23/2010

    " Chilling... can't think of plaster of Paris in the same way ever again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MT | 10/3/2010

    " For a long time, Proof was my favorite Dick Francis book, until I read To the Hilt. Both are wonderful books and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/28/2009

    " Dick Francis is one of my all time favorite mystery writers and this particular one I've read over and over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 9/16/2009

    " 23 Jun 1990
    6 Feb 1998 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 9/15/2009

    " wine, whisky and horse racing...a compelling trio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 8/27/2009

    " The best Dick Francis I can ever remember reading. If you've never read him, this is a good one to start on. "

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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

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.