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At an annual party to celebrate the success of the racing season, everything seemed to be running well to form, including the need for more champagne. Then a runaway horsebox ploughed into the marquee. A witness to the terrible death and destruction, wine merchant Tony Beach knows it is just one of those tragic accidents. But when his expert advice is called into play over sub-standard alcohol in a local night club, connections start to click, and another person dies, horribly.
©1984 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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Gripping story - satisfyingly heroic

A slightly different hero in a less typical Dick Francis story. The fear, like the plot, grows with each chapter until the unravelling is done. I think this is the best Dick Feancis story I have come accross. Tony Britton is just great at the narration, the characters distinct and acceptable. however, I find the Bolinda production variabke and intrusive enough to detract from the story telling. This aside, definitely a great read.

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  • Nina
  • 13-03-2007

Another winner for this ex-jockey

I've been reading Dick Francis since book 1, and I've got to say that if you like any of his books, chances are good you'll like the rest.

Even tho his plots always refer to British horse-racing, there's always a different take on it. I think his stories are exciting and his characters very human.

Go for it!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • 26-01-2011

Proof

Tony Britton does a great job narrating this story. Dick Francis is a great writer. As a horse lover and race fan I always enjoy the inside view that Francis provides in his stories. I always learn something from his book and in this one was about the world of wines and whiskey. The pace always moves along and this book held a few nail biting moments of suspense. I wish Audible carried more of the Dick Francis books.

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  • CatBookMom
  • 23-08-2009

Thoroughly enjoyable!!

Dick Francis has so many well-written books that it is difficult to make a list of favorites. 'Proof' is one of mine, and while I know the story very well, it is a new pleasure to listen to it being read by Tony Britton. Highly recommended.

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  • Ken
  • 23-10-2009

Great story, well read.

Dick Francis is consistently excellent and this story maintains the standard. A macabre touch in the mode of murder, but Francis' usual perceptive insights into human nature. Top class.

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  • Adella
  • 12-09-2016

Needs to be re-recorded

The audio was very old, changed tones and volumes multiple time and at times had an almost chirping sound in the background.

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  • Linda
  • 03-09-2015

Good book

I enjoyed that the main character is working WITH the police for a change. It was mostly clean and was over all interesting. The final "battle" had me on the edge of my seat and sweating. The ending was great.

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  • m
  • 06-04-2015

One of my favourites!

This is Beautifully written. Exciting story with a satisfying ending. Great characters. One of my favourite Dick Francis stories. Excellent narration.

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  • Tracey
  • 21-11-2014

proof

Where does Proof rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it was good a different francis character dick francis wrights a good story

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

it keeps you guessing

Which scene was your favorite?

the scene in the storeroom of the racecourse

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

yes it got you wanting to find who and what is going on

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  • Gloria
  • 16-01-2013

You Can't Go Wrong With a Dick Francis Book

If you could sum up Proof in three words, what would they be?

Interesting and fun.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The protagonist is an ordinary man just trying to do the best he can. This depiction allows the reader to relate to his troubles, and to root for his eventual triumph..

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

I have bought and listened to ALL of Dick Francis' books. Tony Britton is a great reader with the skill of differentiating the characters' voices, thus clarifying who's saying what. He's a terrific reader; and I love the English accent!

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

You can't go wrong buying a Dick Francis book. Every one of his stories is great.

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  • Rosemary
  • 10-10-2011

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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  • Kevin
  • 01-04-2006

Proof

Great story line read to perfection

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  • Prudence Magee
  • 08-09-2016

One of the best

As a Dick Francis fan I think this is one of his best. A good mix of thriller, information and the unexpected. And well read too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-2018

poor sound quality

sound quality poor and spoiled the book .
Great story ,just as you expect from Dick Francis .

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  • Sian44
  • 08-04-2016

Fantastic read, one of his best books.

I liked the fragile yet defiant male protagonist. I was really rooting for him throughout!

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  • Andy
  • 19-03-2016

Another Dick Francis Classic

The audio is not good in many places - but don't let that put you off a great story read by the Tony Britton. When I think of Dick Francis I think of Tony Britton's voice.
Like every Dick Francis story, it draws you in and let's you ride alongside the hero as the solve the riddle of the book.

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  • Jonathan Andrews
  • 23-10-2015

Brilliant as always

I've liked Dick Francis books for years and really enjoyed this one. I think Tony Britton's voice really makes them. A joy to listen to. Just bought another.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-07-2015

Sound.

Good story pity about sound quality as in previous books. It changes a number of times which is a nuisance.

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  • Lisa
  • 25-01-2014

Poor quality sound

What did you like most about Proof?

Usual good Dick Francis story.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Tony Britton?

Tony Britton is a good narrator, but it was marred by the poor sound quality which varied in loudness and had a tinny echoey effect.

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  • Kate Hopkins
  • 25-07-2012

Brilliant

As enjoyable as ever even if you have no interest in either horses or the wine trade! The writing draws you in from the start. Really well read.