I think I would recommend the print version, but not the narration. Many reviewers have loved the narrator, but she doesn't do it for me. There are too many accents and she does not do many of them well - for example, the requisite American cowboy speaks VERY slowly (Americans do not speak that slowly or flatly), and her French pronunciation was atrocious!
Still, the premise of the book is a good one, and I will read this in print.
I really enjoyed this book. I listen to books while I work and on a couple days I found myself working past the end of my day because I didn't want to stop listening. The horse parts were interesting and authentic enough to make a horse person (like myself) happy, while not being overpowering for people that aren't so interested in them. Yes, the main characters do make a lot of bad choices, but I still think the story as a whole was excellent. Loved the narrator too, she was easy to listen to and did the various voices well. I really didn't want the book to end. During listening to it I frequently could picture it in movie form so clearly that after it ended I went to search on google and see if it was coming out as a movie. I didn't find anything about that, but it wouldn't surprise me at all to see it as one eventually, I would go see it. It has a few swear words and a couple of not overly graphic sex scenes (one of which was unwilling), but I would still say the book would be good for anywhere from a rather mature pre-teen through adult.
Say something about yourself!
This book is incredibly interesting. I had a hard time getting into the story at the beginning, but once past the first chapter I was hooked. I am a horse person, so I was able to follow all the details regarding the classical dressage, if you are not a dressage person or at least a horse person with vague knowledge of things such as the piaffe some of the jargon may make it hard to imagine what is going on.
However the book is very much a coming of age, with extremely well written charter development and evolution - but not just for the main character, it develops and evolves several characters in real life situations and hardships.
I adored this book and highly recommend to my fellow horse people.
Enjoyed this thoroughly. I'm a horsey person, and was pleased that the equestrian references had been well researched and written. And it's a great story. Although I did have the urge to slap the characters every now and then as they all kept so many secrets, but if there had been open and honest dialogue there would not have been any story to speak of.
I chose this book because I am very interested in horses and ended up liking the "non horsey" parts almost more. It looked at each characters point of view and managed to combine them all into a nice, believable ending. There were a few slow areas but the story switched points of view enough that I never got bored.
Maybe. I enjoyed it eventually but after reading JoJo Moyes' You Before Me, I had high expectations. This story was frustrating and a bit unrealistic. But by the end, I was hooked.
Jojo Moyes delivers again! Great story about pursuing one's dreams, love and loss, finding one's way, persevering against the odds and faith in humanity restored. It's clear that Jojo Moyes has a background with horses but did a great deal of study into the classic and extraordinary movements of battlefield dressage. Moyes perfectly describes the bond between horse and rider and I loved the Quotes from Xenophon (on Horsemanship circa 345 BC) that began each chapter. Many of us are familiar with the Lipizzaners of the famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna. The French version has a military base and is known as the the Cadre Noir. The movements, scenes and interactions are so well written, I felt as though I were right inside the story experiencing everything first hand. I couldn't stop listening! There is a truly fabulous mix in the cast of characters and the narration is really excellent.
best I've listened to
No I have not, listened to any others, I shall now do so. She narrated brilliantly
You know, it is difficult to choose. The book is brilliant
I was sad when it ended , thinking, how am I going to find another like this
This book was very beach-ready. I expected it to focus more on the horse but it turned out to be a sweet, melodramatic family drama. Entertaining. Being a horse fan will definitely keep you going through it, but is not a prerequisite. A bit slow to get started, but it quickly picked up.