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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,690 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Francis Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781423338284
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The catastrophic power of a giant hurricane can raise coastal waves thirty feet high and blow through houses at devastating speeds. For TV meteorologist Perry Stuart, however, such predictions are generally hypothetical, as he chiefly predicts periods of English drizzle, with bursts of heavier rain and sunshine to follow. Stuart's profound weather knowledge and accuracy have given him high status among forecasters, but no physical baptism by storm. Not, that is, until a fellow forecaster offers him a Caribbean hurricane-chasing ride in a small airplane as a holiday diversion. But a frightening accident teaches Stuart more secrets than wind speeds, and back home in England he faces threats and danger as deadly as anything nature can evolve. Dick Francis "has simply never failed. Every one of his opening sentences pulls the reader in, and doesn't let go until the last, perfect word," according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Mangigian | 2/2/2014

    " I love Dick Francis novels. They are a quick read, usually predictable, but the good guys always win. I love that. And they always get the girl in the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sho | 1/30/2014

    " ~Only the 2nd time I've read this one - I couldn't remember anything about it. Not one of his better efforts - this time combining meteorology and racing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Davies | 1/25/2014

    " Pretty good, they all follow the same theme , good guy does good, bad guy does not llike it good guy gets beaten up but good wins out in the end. A good, although not honest conclusion..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/24/2014

    " The first time I read this book, I for some reason didn't like it as well as Dick Francis' other books. With this second reading, I'm not sure why. It's still not my favorite Francis but, it still a great book with a good main character and interesting knowledge about Hurricanes and weather. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey Gillespie | 1/22/2014

    " This was about two weathermen chasing down hurricanes, a lonesome survival of one, and of course, stopping the bad guys. This was a fun new twist for Dick Francis. Not as much abut horse racing in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/18/2014

    " This has been one of my least favorite books from Dick Francis. I'm not big into horse racing, but I have come to enjoy this part of his books. However, this book had very little racing, and the mystery aspect of it seemed a bit disjointed and was often confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 1/14/2014

    " A meteorologist in the Caribbean - not as good as others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/5/2014

    " This is a good book to read on vacation. The plot is tight, characters interesting, fast-paced action, and enough surprises to keep me thoroughly entertained. "

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

    " This one wasn't that interesting to me. It ended too abruptly and wrapped up too nicely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samaganda | 11/28/2013

    " I'm currently making my way rapidly through all of DK's work. I love him. His characters are intelligent and likable, his plots exciting, his sentences lovely and dialogue witty. Second Wind was great--Perry is one of my favorites so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian H. | 11/20/2013

    " My first Dick Francis book, but won't be my last. very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 9/16/2013

    " I enjoyed the audio version MUCH more than the book, read years ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 8/11/2013

    " I am not a great fan of books that take place in England or whose characters are English. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inger Faherty | 6/7/2013

    " Not Dick Francis' usual. It was good, but I'm kind of a purist. There was a little too much conspiracy and way too much science in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 5/27/2013

    " The science in this book is quite interesting. Pretty good mystery too (and not quite as much horse racing in this one). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/23/2013

    " This is a typical Dick Francis thriller, about a BBC weather/newsman who flies through a hurricane and barely lives to tell about it. There are just enough horses thrown in here and there to make it sound like Francis, and it is an exciting story to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbie | 8/25/2012

    " I realized I had read this before. It is good, as are all of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharman Wilson | 8/5/2012

    " As an audio book, this makes the drive through Wyoming on I-80 a treat! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vidya | 4/27/2012

    " Supposed to be Dick Francis' comeback novel, but I found it very disappointing. Why - can't put my finger on it, may be too many twists and turns, and the protagonist was way too submissive. Liked Jett's character though! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pauline | 3/31/2012

    " A very disappointing Dick Francis book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 9/24/2011

    " Another classic Dick Francis title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 8/16/2011

    " Took it from the library and read in two days - very quick although not always fast-paced. Learned a lot about weather (meteorology, hurricanes) and physics (uranium, radiation, bomb-building). Was quite good although somewhat predictable. As a fan of Dick Francis' books I liked this one as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 8/12/2011

    " Cleverly done and avoids the worst cliches of the genre, but doesn't really have anything all that deep or memorable to it. The descriptions of varied people reacting to a bipolar are kind of nice, I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/31/2011

    " This is a typical Dick Francis thriller, about a BBC weather/newsman who flies through a hurricane and barely lives to tell about it. There are just enough horses thrown in here and there to make it sound like Francis, and it is an exciting story to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 2/26/2011

    " I am not a great fan of books that take place in England or whose characters are English. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 10/17/2010

    " Pretty good, they all follow the same theme , good guy does good, bad guy does not llike it good guy gets beaten up but good wins out in the end. A good, although not honest conclusion..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 9/24/2010

    " I enjoyed his prose and the strength of the main character--as always with Dick Francis novels--but I found the premise of the plot very strange and confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 9/15/2010

    " A meteorologist in the Caribbean - not as good as others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 8/31/2010

    " Well, not one of my favorites. Yes, it's full of action but...where are the horses??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 8/25/2010

    " Another classic Dick Francis title. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 12/29/2009

    " Cleverly done and avoids the worst cliches of the genre, but doesn't really have anything all that deep or memorable to it. The descriptions of varied people reacting to a bipolar are kind of nice, I guess. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marjorie | 12/8/2009

    " I enjoy Dick francis books very much. But this one was a bit contrived; to make the mystery pieces fit together. But the worlds he describes are very interesting; flying, hurricanes, and weather forecasting.

    Nice light entertaining reading.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 5/15/2009

    " This has been one of my least favorite books from Dick Francis. I'm not big into horse racing, but I have come to enjoy this part of his books. However, this book had very little racing, and the mystery aspect of it seemed a bit disjointed and was often confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 4/29/2009

    " This was about two weathermen chasing down hurricanes, a lonesome survival of one, and of course, stopping the bad guys. This was a fun new twist for Dick Francis. Not as much abut horse racing in this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Naomi | 4/23/2009

    " I never have read a book I didn't like by Dick Francis but this is the first one. He got to far away from the stories of horse racing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/3/2008

    " The first time I read this book, I for some reason didn't like it as well as Dick Francis' other books. With this second reading, I'm not sure why. It's still not my favorite Francis but, it still a great book with a good main character and interesting knowledge about Hurricanes and weather. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/14/2008

    " I enjoyed the audio version MUCH more than the book, read years ago. "

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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

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.