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Come to Grief

Written by: Dick Francis
Narrated by: Tony Britton
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Sid Halley, the ex-champion jockey turned investigator who appears in Odds Against and Whip Hand, is back and facing new dilemmas and dangers. The opening finds him having uncovered an obnoxious crime committed by a friend whom he, and everyone else, has held in affection bordering on love. On the morning set for the opening of the friend's trial, at which Sid is due to be called as a witness, other people's miseries explode and send him spinning into pulverizing days of hard, rational detection and heart-searching torments. Troubled, courageous, and unwilling to admit defeat, for Sid Halley it is business as usual.

©1995 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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  • C. Johnson
  • 2010-01-23

Excellent narrator! Classic Dick Francis

I have listened to all of Dick Francis' more than 40 books. The plot line of this one is gruesome, but fairly imaginative. Of course, Sid, the main character, gets attacked. That's standard fair in most DF stories. The sub-plot of the sick child is touching and is woven well into the main plot.

The range of Tony Britton's voice is impressive. He does several british accents very well, and moves easily between male, female and child voices.

The experience of the story is greatly enhanced by Tony's narration.

The four star rating is due to uneven sound quality in the production. This recording was clearly taken from cassettes, as the sound quality quickly shifts from crisp and clear to muffled. You can still hear the entire story.

Without regard to production quality, I highly recommend this book.

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  • K. Danielson
  • 2011-10-06

Read this one Third

If you like one Dick Francis mystery, you will probably like them all (if you get a good reader - which is usually the case fortunately). He wrote four mysteries featuring ex-jockey Sid Halley: Odds Against (1965); Whip Hand (1979); Come to Grief (1995); and Under Orders (2006). Even though the books span 40 years, the elapsed time within/between all the stories is about 3 or 4 years. Technology advances with the times from book to book and we aren't supposed to notice that as readers. After all, it's really the mysteries and Francis' quality writing that we're here for, isn't it?

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  • J Carter
  • 2019-02-18

The only Dick Francis I didn't like.

This was the one and only dark & horrible story by Francis. Not probable. Not enjoyable. Not fun. Not interesting. Concept & novel should not have ever been published. I've owned horses, and this was painful to finish. Otherwise, Dick (& Felix) are the best.

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  • Lissa
  • 2016-03-05

Great third story of Sid Halley

Would you listen to Come to Grief again? Why?

I enjoyed this story. Sid Halley is an interesting character. The reader was good with different voices for characters. Recommend it.

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  • Doug Wilkie
  • 2014-11-22

Great story, well written

Would you consider the audio edition of Come to Grief to be better than the print version?

Have only listened to the audio version.

What other book might you compare Come to Grief to and why?

Many other Francis books

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

Always well done.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It showed as in real life that celebrities can be involved in real life. As in life many celebrities are put on higher planes were they are viewed as above reproach, but we all need to come to the realization that celebrities are human and capable of being criminals.

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  • Rosemary
  • 2011-10-10

Another Dick Francis Classic

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