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Computer whiz-kid Peter Keithly, asked to transfer a betting formula onto computer tape, dies shortly afterwards. An old friend of his, Jonathan Perry, finds himself in possession of the tapes, and also discovers that there are greedy, desperate men who will do anything to get their hands on the lucrative software. The evil, bull-faced Angelo goes too far and ends up in jail. Fourteen years later he's free, and very keen not only to get hold of the tapes, but also Jonathan Derry.

©1981 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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multiple changes in the reader. seems it was pieced together. suggest to obtain actual audio book read by 1 person

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  • 10-08-2016

Dated but gripping, shame about the audio quality

The audio quality wasn't great, it changes pitch a lot particularly in the early chapters - must have been transferred from audio tape, which is apt considering the story.

The story itself was interesting, well put together, and classic Dick Francis. Amazing how computers have moved on though, it all sounds rather dated today!

I normally enjoy Tony Britton's narration but I found the American accent of the father a bit odd - adults moving overseas don't really pick up that much of an accent, but I guess he had to differentiate between the father and the son in the second half.

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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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  • Mark
  • 30-12-2010

Bad audio quality but a great story

I enjoyed this audio very much, set in what could have been the 70's in proper old English. The computer jargon and terms are very dated. I did notice the quality and pitch of the audio change from one chapter to another. If you can put up with that. It's worth a listen.

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  • Mark
  • 02-11-2019

Terrible audio quality again

Don't bother with this, the audio is shocking. I keep trying these bolinda titles but never again.

Very poor

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  • A Genealogist
  • 15-11-2006

Classic Francis

Another cracking story from Dick Francis. This one split into two related tales centring on a computer betting system. The description of the computer program dates this one a little, but it's still absolutely first rate. Recommended.

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  • 18-04-2022

Great story

One of my favourites from Dick Francis. Narration recording a bit wonky, but don't let that put you off.

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  • The Knitting Gnome
  • 03-03-2022

Excellent story and narration spoiled a little by technical quality

As usual from both author and narrator an excellent story. This was a little marred by the sound variations. Only to be expected. I suppose owing to the age of the recording and the fact that it was probably recorded on tape which stretches and degrades. However with modern technology it should not be beyond Audible/Bolinda to improve this audiobook since they are charging for it.
Although I thought I knew the Dick Francis books this one was new to me but still very engrossing

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  • Nicola
  • 21-01-2022

Sound issues

Shame it was a poor recording because the plotting was great with an excellent narrator.

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  • TStL
  • 03-05-2021

Refund please!!

I had to turn it off because of the terrible audio which slowed down and sped up every so often making the book sound decidedly sinister. I’d like to spend my credit on something that is, in fact, audible.

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  • Anthony Cockayne
  • 03-11-2020

Sound quality again

Audio quality is poor AGAIN Speech slows and is slurred like being read by your very drunk uncle

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  • Terri
  • 07-10-2019

another fantastic Francis.

only negative was Tony Brittons appalling accents at times! otherwise a great story to the end.

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  • Jane Hendry
  • 08-05-2019

Not the best

Usually a fabulous winning team- Francis and Britten, but not this time.The story is not up to the expected standard and the editing is dreadful. It sounds as though sections have been done in totally different conditions and a couple of them just don’t sound like Tony Britten at all.

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  • Dyane
  • 19-12-2016

Classic Francis

Fast paced, gripping crime novel. Brilliantly read by Tony Briton. Excellent audio version. Highly recommended

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