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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (48 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Francis Narrator: Simon Prebble, Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781461810360
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Dick Francis’ witty blend of horseplay and mystery is an incredible combination. As a result, each of his equestrian novels gallops onto best-seller lists. In “Twice Shy” Dick Francis whips up a fast-paced race through the risky world of horse betting. Offering little explanation, a friend thrusts some cassette tapes into Jonathan Derry’s hands. But when the young man tries to play them, he realizes that instead of “Oklahoma!”, he’s been given taped computer programs. Exploring the lines of code, Jonathan discovers that they can help him predict and beat any racing odds. Its not long before Jonathan is pulled into a deadly game of cat and mouse against foes who will do anything to get the lucrative programs. With unexpected twists, both in the races and on the tapes, Jonathan is soon dodging danger at every turn. As William, a savvy ex-jockey, comes to his aid, Twice Shy becomes an exciting dual narration that highlights each colorful character and moment of suspense.

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

    " New twist-two views of the same tales??? I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 2/19/2014

    " Very nice story starting with one brother and ending with another. Funny to read about computers "back in the day" as they were trying to develop betting systems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Millin | 2/4/2014

    " The Derry brothers have to deal with a bully boy with a gun twice before and after a 10 year jail sentence "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 2/3/2014

    " A book which has dated quite badly. It talks about computers which have, of course developed so much since the story was originally written. However, like most of Dick Francis' books, this is an enjoyable read with a fast pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 1/17/2014

    " First of his book I read and I really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Davies | 1/12/2014

    " Good, a very engaging story. I think I like how Mr Fracis's mind works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan | 1/8/2014

    " Reading Dick Francis is as comforting and familiar as eating hot chicken soup when you are sick. This one is interesting in that it tells the story from two perspectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Davies | 1/7/2014

    " Good, a very engaging story. I think I like how Mr Fracis's mind works. "

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

    " This 2-part story about a computerized horse-betting system and its effects is a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Data | 12/24/2013

    " A visit to the past. Murder over floppy disks (or cassettes, in this case). Dated, but fun if you're mystery fan, even if you're a programmer who loves horses. All the details are right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 12/18/2013

    " I have read every single one of these horse related (mostly from the viewopoint of a jockey, but not always)--they are competent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 12/12/2013

    " A book which has dated quite badly. It talks about computers which have, of course developed so much since the story was originally written. However, like most of Dick Francis' books, this is an enjoyable read with a fast pace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 12/6/2013

    " New twist-two views of the same tales??? I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 12/6/2013

    " This 2-part story about a computerized horse-betting system and its effects is a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 11/26/2013

    " This book was kinda fun. It is divided in half. The first part is about the older brother and the second half...yup the younger brother. The length of time between the halves is 14 years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 11/14/2013

    " I have read every single one of these horse related (mostly from the viewopoint of a jockey, but not always)--they are competent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 11/10/2013

    " A fun vacation read... I loved the unusual format of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 9/18/2013

    " First of his book I read and I really liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gerald Curtis | 6/10/2013

    " This was a typical Dick Francis story, divided into part A and part B. However, I did not find it as compelling as most of his books. But it was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 5/24/2013

    " This book was kinda fun. It is divided in half. The first part is about the older brother and the second half...yup the younger brother. The length of time between the halves is 14 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 1/10/2013

    " Twice Shy was the first book I read, written by Dick francis and I never looked back! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gerald Curtis | 11/11/2012

    " This was a typical Dick Francis story, divided into part A and part B. However, I did not find it as compelling as most of his books. But it was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/21/2012

    " A fun vacation read... I loved the unusual format of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 6/20/2012

    " Very nice story starting with one brother and ending with another. Funny to read about computers "back in the day" as they were trying to develop betting systems. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 4/26/2012

    " Re-read. Listened this time (BBC). Pretty poor production of the audio version, and really not a very good book either. Actually not so much bad, as very outdated, as the plot revolves around old technology - computer *tapes*!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Data | 4/15/2012

    " A visit to the past. Murder over floppy disks (or cassettes, in this case). Dated, but fun if you're mystery fan, even if you're a programmer who loves horses. All the details are right. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 3/18/2012

    " Re-read. Listened this time (BBC). Pretty poor production of the audio version, and really not a very good book either. Actually not so much bad, as very outdated, as the plot revolves around old technology - computer *tapes*!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan | 1/28/2012

    " Reading Dick Francis is as comforting and familiar as eating hot chicken soup when you are sick. This one is interesting in that it tells the story from two perspectives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Millin | 12/28/2011

    " The Derry brothers have to deal with a bully boy with a gun twice before and after a 10 year jail sentence "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 9/27/2011

    " Twice Shy was the first book I read, written by Dick francis and I never looked back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 9/13/2011

    " Twice Shy was the first book I read, written by Dick francis and I never looked back! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 7/29/2011

    " I have read every single one of these horse related (mostly from the viewopoint of a jockey, but not always)--they are competent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 6/14/2011

    " Re-read. Listened this time (BBC). Pretty poor production of the audio version, and really not a very good book either. Actually not so much bad, as very outdated, as the plot revolves around old technology - computer *tapes*!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 6/8/2011

    " First of his book I read and I really liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 5/1/2011

    " A book which has dated quite badly. It talks about computers which have, of course developed so much since the story was originally written. However, like most of Dick Francis' books, this is an enjoyable read with a fast pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 10/17/2010

    " Good, a very engaging story. I think I like how Mr Fracis's mind works.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 11/11/2009

    " This book was kinda fun. It is divided in half. The first part is about the older brother and the second half...yup the younger brother. The length of time between the halves is 14 years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 8/2/2009

    " A fun vacation read... I loved the unusual format of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 8/2/2009

    " A fun vacation read... I loved the unusual format of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corien | 5/16/2009

    " Re-reading all Dick Francis books (not in order, and not back to back).

    Owww, fun old computer stuff where 1MB memory was impossible.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corien | 5/16/2009

    " Re-reading all Dick Francis books (not in order, and not back to back).

    Owww, fun old computer stuff where 1MB memory was impossible.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 5/4/2008

    " New twist-two views of the same tales??? I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan | 8/25/2007

    " Reading Dick Francis is as comforting and familiar as eating hot chicken soup when you are sick. This one is interesting in that it tells the story from two perspectives. "

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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 Narrators

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.

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.