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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,571 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Francis Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Roland Britten, accountant and amateur jockey, awakens one morning to find he can't move his hands - because he is tied up with netting, held captive where no light penetrates and no amount of yelling will get any attention. But why?

He knew that this was the latest in a series of events that had begun when he decided to ride in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, a race second only to the Grand National in the lives of British steeplechase riders. As an amateur jockey, Roland had pleased no one when he took Tapestry past the finish line first in what turned out to be the worst Gold Cup in history. As an accountant whose clientele included horse owners and jockeys alike, he also knew more about the private financial affairs of the racing world than any other person on the racecourse. Was winning the Gold Cup cause enough for his kidnapping? Or was it his knowledge of the books?

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 gina | 2/6/2014

    " Dick Francis books are fun to read because the setting is always about horseracing. So, while you get a little bit of thriller action, you also get a peek into the world of racing horses. And in the case of Risk, into the world of accountants. A thriller about an accountant--who woulda thunk? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 1/28/2014

    " Supposedly the Queen Mum found this one a little too saucy ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/12/2014

    " I always really like a Dick Francis novel, even though when I first learned of him through the cozy mystery group, my thoughts were "Horse racing? Yuck." But they turned out to be so much more. I have read about 7 or so now. Most rate a least a 4 with me and this was no exception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ria | 1/6/2014

    " Brilliant story, tense, edge of your seat stuff, Roland Britten, an accountant is also a part time jockey, after repeated kidnap attempts and with no one taking him seriously and the police not helping at all he sets about investigating himself and uncovers crime and corruption. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 woody | 12/30/2013

    " Roland Britten, accountant and steeplechase jockey, is kidnapped after winning the Gold Cup. He doesn't know who the captors are or why he has been kidnapped. Pretty good book, but I was a bit disappointed in the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 11/6/2013

    " It's been about 20 years since I last read a Dick Francis novel, and I'd forgotten how the main character never shares anything he learns until the big reveal at the end. I now find this slightly annoying. But I still have nostalgic fondness for these British-racing-world mysteries. "

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

    " Hero: Roland Britten, Accountant. This was one of the few Francis novels that dealt with the amateur's involvement in British horesracing. It was a good one, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariane | 8/21/2013

    " Hilary Pinlock was the best part of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/13/2013

    " Not the best Francis novel, but even mediocre Francis is better than most authors can achieve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Millin | 8/10/2013

    " This story has an accountant who is an amateur steeplechaser abducted twice and how he discovers the reasons for it. I always find it difficult to put these books down, and this was as good as usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/6/2013

    " I do love Dick Francis. Easy to ead with lots of detail that doesn't bore, rather colours the story to make it believable and rivetting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 2/20/2013

    " fun to read! the main character is a horse jockey/accountant. who knew accountants could be so exciting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Davies | 12/20/2012

    " I enjoyed this little tale about Roland the accountant that has horseracing in his blood, but due to a huge streak of honesty manages to get himself kidnapped! It all ends well, well sort of! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 10/17/2012

    " Accounting and horse racing??again great characters and wonderful plot--will not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Greaton | 9/9/2012

    " I read this just a few months back. Though dated, it was a good read. To throw an accountant who sidelines as a jockey into a kidnapping mystery took guts. Francis pulled it off wonderfully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 8/2/2012

    " Roland Britton is an accountant and part-time jockey. After winning a race he is kidnapped. When Roland escapes and resumes his audits, he is kidnapped a second time. He has to find out who is responsible to protect himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat Chan | 11/25/2011

    " Another Francis book I read as a kid. In this one, an accountant/amateur jockey has a mystery to solve- who keeps abducting him and why? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ross | 9/3/2011

    " Could not get through the book. Read about half until I could get to the library to find something better to read. Language is very dated from 1977. No story line on any interest. "

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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. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.