• Rat Race

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Ian Ogilvy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Matt Shore was an experienced pilot. He’d done it all. From big jets to flying in supplies to war zones. So when he gets a job ferrying high class punters around England’s race courses he might be forgiven for expecting a quiet life.

But then his plane explodes in a massive fireball. He could have been in it. Some quiet life. Instead he’s landed in the middle of a nightmare world where there is big money at stake. Very big money. From then on he finds himself hurtling down a tortuous trail where people are not all they appear, and all around him is sudden bloody death...

©1970 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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Reliable dick Francis

This book is typical dick francis. A little pessimistic, main character has a lot of adversity , but lots of character. Mind candy, not too deep, but enjoyable.

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  • Simon Evers
  • 05-17-13

Poor narration

A rather dated tale but a typical Dick Francis, so engrossing enough. However, having listened to the excellent narration of many of his books by Tony Britton, this was spoilt by Ian Ogilvy's narration,which I found very poor. A pity.

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  • Carey Williams
  • 03-26-19

great thriller

Thriller always building into a very interesting story. Great finish. loved narration and helped the overall enjoyment of story

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  • Grumpy pensioner 🤔
  • 06-23-17

Flight of quality

Dick Francis has yet again taken another aspect of life and mixed it with the world of racing and thrilled yet again.

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  • Jeff Smith
  • 07-07-20

Great story, boring actor

Great story, especially if you are a pilot as this is about a private pilot who encounters difficulties; very good research as usual. However, I would have thought Ian Ogilvy would be a good narrator, but in truth, he's quite boring. Tony Brittan is king for sure, sad to hear that he passed away 2 weeks ago aged 91.

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  • TT Buyer
  • 08-08-18

Dated, but good story spoilt by poor narration

Good storyline, although in my opinion, not one of Dick Francis's best novels and the text is somewhat dated. However, the big disappointment was the fast and extremely poor narration by Ian Ogilvy.

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  • Knucklebones
  • 04-20-18

Dull dull and yet more dull

Ian Ogilvy gives a one-dimensional and very dull reading of this rather trite and predictable story which will only really appeal to someone who's hooked on one- and two-engine planes. Yet another worthy but misunderstood hero who keeps coming to the rescue but rarely gets the credit. Where are all the interesting and entertaining characters who inhabited Francis' earlier novels? Not here, that's for sure. Not recommended.

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  • Sarah
  • 04-25-17

Excellent

New narrator to me but glad I took the leap. It was great after all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-21-15

Another exciting book

Really enjoyed this book which had a gripping storyline and was beautifully read. Would certainly recommend.

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  • Max Power
  • 08-14-20

Loved it.

I read all the Dick Francis books as a teen, which was long enough ago to have forgotten the stories. But I hadn't forgotten how enjoyable they are. Enjoyed this one and liked the way it was read.