I believe about 30% of the book could have been cut and kept the story moving in a much better and more realistic way. The haphazard insertion of the dog's point of view as well as the side step of an Irish shopping trip did nothing to maintain or evolve the story. It was as if the author merely had some extra material, and chose to stuff it in to fill pages.
Stick to 3-4 main characters and actually write about them rather than use them as a fulcrum to launch into shallow 'thoughts' about a few people with whom then come in contact.
When she wrote about the trainers, she did a good job. When she wrote about the fringe, she seemed to do it for her own amusement, rather than for the story.
The repeated mispronunciation of common words is completely unacceptable in a professional reading.
La Jolla... come on... she isn't in kindergarten.
The recording editor should be fired.
omg what a pile of manure. i see a book with a jock belly down and racing riding and the book i receive is a woman romanticizing about a foal and polite little stories. to be honest my only recollection of this book was I GOT RIPPED OFF. this is my first written review in 13 years on Audible. biggest stinker in my 300+ collection of audio books.
I will be more careful next time and not trust a cool cover.
Sappy little stories nothing to do with horse racing.
Anger cause i got ripped off for a book credit. False advertising.
The front cover of the book should be of a nice old woman with a foal and maybe a mare in a distant field. This book had nothing to do with horse racing.
It's a wonderful novel full of flawed character of human, equine and canine persuasion. It is very long however and without an expectation of a fulfilling ending you won't be disappointed. It just kind of fizzles out like a worn out candle. But no doubt about it, Smiley can write.
The worst part of this audiobook is the preview - does not do this fantastic book justice! I was a big fan of the paperback version, read it religiously, and was so excited to see that it was an audiobook. When I listened to the preview, I was extremely disappointed - sounded flat and dull and monotonous. These qualities are in no way reflected by the actual narration or structure of the audiobook.
Fast-paced and quirky, Horse Heaven draws together a collection of oddball characters and intertwines their stories with that of their beloved (or not) thoroughbreds. The narrator does a great job of dramatizing the dialogue, and keeping the listener entertained. Five stars - a must for horse lovers.
I cannot tell you how this book influenced my life! An absolute sensational read. Love Shelly Thompson, love Just A Bob, what a fabulous book. Bless you Jane Smiley!!! I love horses, so I suppose why I love this.
Jane Smiley demonstrates her brilliance in this book, illustrating similarities between the horses and the people who own, breed, train, and race them. And Shelley Thompson is a truly engaging narrator. It was a great experience!
If you're a horse lover or racing fan, you will love this book! Jane Smiley really knows horses, and it shows. The cast of characters (both equine and human) is daunting, but fascinating. And the narrator, Shelley Thompson, is fantastic! This is on my Top Five list!
Probably engrossing for someone who is into the world of horse racing or even horses. I found it jumped around a little too much. With no introduction to the characters, it could be confusing. Otherwise,it was entertaining and excellently narrarated.
No, It's a tediously long stroy. I want the Reader's Digest Condensed version.
Too many characters introduced that are not mentioned other than their set up, which I consider a loss lead. Don't introduce me to someone that will go away and I really didn't care about any of them.... any of them.
Learn properly how to pronounce American words.
Nope. Maybe not to bet on horses since there is so much crap going on.
Author needs to concentrate on, Who's stroy is it anyway? I still don't know. Eileen is the only character completely developed, and I liked when she was the focus.
I gave up listening an hour before the end. First of all it's way too long with too many characters. The characters themselves are mainly uninteresting and annoying and the part where she puts in a character who can "talk" to horses made me think of Mr Ed. The narrator, besides the fact that she didn't know how to pronounce some of the words, also got on my nerves. I liked the other books of hers that I read, but this one is a stinker.