An equine vet friend recommended this book shortly after it came out, but I somehow didn't get around to it. The audio version as read by Scott Campbell was so wonderful, however, that I'm really not sorry I didn't read it sooner. I have rarely been so moved by a book; this one gave me goosebumps, and I had to stop it several times so that I wouldn't miss anything through my laughter or tears. It is full of drama, a LOT of suspense, and a great deal of lovely language. Highly recommended.
I've listened to this book three times. Not only because it is very entertaining, but there is a wealth of information about every faced of horse racing. Just thoroughly enjoyable
Excellent, entertaining story. At times it is uplifting, and sad, and suspenseful, and historical. My only negative comment regards the abridgement--sometimes you feel the gaps in the story, and you long for the unabridged version.
I found Seabiscuit to be a good story, but I found the writing to be tiresome - like a long walk through a long walk... there were simply too many "x did this like y eats cheese." I thought that I was reliving a particularly annoying part of the SAT...
"exams are to fun like death is to life"
My next audiobook was "A Farewell to Arms" by Hemmingway... the contrast was amazing - Hemmingway's writing was clear and evocative, using an economy of words and allowing the imagination to run free... Hillenbrand could have taken a few lessons from Papa.
The drama and intensity was sustained, and kept building thoughout. It was much better than the movie, which was periodically broken by leftist documentaries. The book stayed focused on Seabiscuit, the men who trained and loved him, and their trials, tribulations, and fight to succeed. This focus, this not straying from the story, made it more powerful than the movie.
I am amazed at what the riders and trainer went through. They were dedicated, hard working, courageous, ambitious, rational and objective (at least in regard to horses), tenacious, and passionate. In horse racing, they were hot in their love and cold in their objectivity.
But, you might have to be interested in horses to like it, or maybe interested in reading about men who recognize and cultivate greatness vs. those who do not.
I love horses so I had an interest in listening to the book -- after I got started. I bought it accidentally. I did not want it yet; I did not think it would be that good. Boy was I surprised. Shortly after it started, I was hooked. If not for the need to sleep and work, I would have listened to it straight through.
Hillenbrand did a great job. And Campbell Scott stayed right there with her. Just what the book deserved.
Another thing that made the book great was that the horseman followed natural horsemanship, or something close to it. None of that irrational beating and mistreating of a horse that some call
Yes, and I have recommended it. Loved this book.
Seabiscuit because he had such heart at a time when America needed heart.
Seabiscuit - you could sense his own intensity and desire to win.
Could not turn it off
This my first experience with listening to an audio book. I think Seabiscuit is a good introduction to this media.
I know nothing about horse racing but I found the narration of the races riveting.