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Banker

By: Dick Francis
Narrated by: Tony Britton
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Publisher's Summary

Tim Ekaterin's merchant bank, like all banks, only invests in sure things. Now he's about to involve it in ₤5 million of prime horseflesh, a stallion called Sandcastle. Top breeders reckon it's the safest bet in racing. But racing doesn't just attract the money men of the city. It's riddled with all kinds of dubious dealmakers. People who don't think twice about breaking bones. People to whom no bet is safe until it's paid in blood, Ekaterin's blood.

©1982 Dick Francis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Sue me -- I love D. Francis

Yes, he uses a formula -- but what a formula. As usual, this is fast-paced, complex enough to be interesting, and full of research details that bring the story alive.

I think he's an excellent writer. There's no other thriller/mystery author who is so consistently excellent.

Get it!

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on par

if you are familiar with his writing you won't be disappointed . If this is your first experience with dick francis you won't be disappointed either.

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Not one of his best

I'm a big Dick Francis fan, and since discovering audio books, a big Tony Britton fan. The narrator is as good as always and does not disappoint here. On the other hand, this particular DF novel is just adequate. It's starts off at a very slow pace and works up to a medium-paced one that held my interest, before it falls off again at the very end. I don't consider it a waste of time by any means, but I have enjoyed several other of his novels much better.

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sad, depressing and predictable

I like Dick Francis very much, but this book is sad, depressing and predictable. the protagonist stumbles through life as he does through 'the adventure', invoking pitty and disgust.

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Poor rendition, not the one I bought

I like most of Tony Britton's readings, but this one suffers in comparison to that of Simon Prebble. It really aggravates me to have paid for Prebble's rendition and to have gotten this one instead. When we choose and pay for a specific audio book, that's the one we ought to receive, not something different.

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What did you love best about Banker?

its another good storyline from dick francis a little differant from normal as tim isn,t a jockey or ex good read

Who was your favorite character and why?

tim a little differant but in a good way

Have you listened to any of Tony Britton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes several love the style and storys

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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Stick with it

the story unfolds slowly-very slowly, but interesting tho not 'suspensfull' the only thing I didn't like was that the hero is 32 or 33 and the narrator sounds 65. bad choice.

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Another Dick Francis Classic

Another Dick Francis Classic. Great with a fast moving engaging plot, a page turner,a great companion for anyone.

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Love Dick Francis books

This reader was perfect for the story. Good story. Will really miss this author.

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Hard to put down

A mystery story that made me laugh and cry. I thought I should give this 4 stars because the audio quality was very inconsistent, but I couldn't do it. The story is just too good. His characters are so real, the details are perfectly given. The narrator is wonderful. This is only my third Francis book, I'm truly looking forward to the rest. I've just got to catch up on my sleep first, as this one kept me up very late last night. I couldn't put it down. The story is about making friends, trusting your instincts, love, hate, jealousy, heartbreak, remorse, and, of course, horses. Very well done!

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  • David
  • 08-18-07

Excellent

Typical Dick Francis well written and interesting the story keeps moving and maintains interest. Anyone who likes previous books will thoroughly enjoy this.

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  • iThink2022
  • 07-14-18

Deeply moving, intelligent book

I love Dick Francis' books. This is one of my most favourite. Painfully moving in parts, and haunting once read. The uncompromising nature of greed.

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  • Knucklebones
  • 04-21-17

When bankers used to be the good guys

Written long before lax regulations and greed put bankers beyond the pale, this is an interesting tale of a stud farm whose future hangs on the purchase of a £5m horse to improve the quality of its foals. But as usual dark deeds are afoot to scupper their new acquisition, and it's up to our likeable hero banker to delve the depths and sort it out. It plods along at a reasonable pace, though after the initial action at Ascot there are no helter-skelter racing scenes nor much scent of the turf, so it lacks the spills and thrills of other Francis novels. It's a fairly strong detective story with numerous strands that are neatly tied up by the end.

Like many of these old Dick Francis/Tony Britton recordings, the overall sound quality drags this title down into 3* territory. It's just about tolerable as there's no obvious background hiss (unlike 'Straight'), but the sound leaps around all over the place with blurry, muddied sections, some over-fast bits, and a general 'copied from worn audiotapes' nastiness. A pity.

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  • Cawley
  • 09-17-22

Great story

Shame about the poor technical recording but, fortunately, it didn't detract from the quality of the story and the performance. Recommended.

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  • The Knitting Gnome
  • 12-22-21

Excellent listening as expected

The combination of a Dick Francis story read by Tony Britton always results in a superb audiobook.
Iffy sound quality a couple of times but definitely did not spoil my enjoyment. The recordings are getting on a bit after all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-21

Excellent

Excellent story & narration, really enjoyed it. Tony Britton is an excellent narrator and I really enjoyed this book

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  • Lisa
  • 04-12-21

enjoyable

enjoyed this book, although not so much of a thriller one expects from Dick Francis

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  • Mr A W NORTON
  • 03-10-21

A pharmacist t solve the case

Fantastic story great twists and detailed facts
And fantastic characters and a pharmacist to help solve the case

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  • mariamalvestio
  • 02-02-21

alot of background noise

book was excellent as usual and well read, but there is constand background noise all the way through

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-19-21

great story and great story telling .

great story as ever one of the masters best storys,but let down by back ground sound on the recording