You'll need to enjoy unrelenting trauma unbroken by any moments of calm in which to catch your breath.
If this genre is "drama", then yes. If this genre is "horse stories", then it's has increased my wariness which was already pretty elevated.
The narrator did a good job with accents.
This is best read in print so that you can skim through approximately 80% of the book. It only became interesting in the last 5 hours, and that should have been abridged as well.
I've teetered towards buying this book for the last year and was swayed by the positive reviews. I really should have trusted my instincts. But I really hoped it was going to be one of those books that you are leery of and which after reading you wish that you'd read it sooner. It wasn't.
Suspenseful, heartwarming, beautiful
When Susan escaped with Bouche after the street race. The descriptions were so suspenseful, I could feel myself panicking.
Bouche (sorry - horse person here). At points I was disappointed with them all, probably the author's intention. Julia Franklin did an excellent job of varying tones and accents, gliding so seamlessly in conversations that it was difficult to remember that ONE person was doing all the talking.
The true test of a leader is whether his followers will adhere to his cause from their own volition, enduring the most arduous hardships without being forced to do so, and remaining steadfast in the moments of greatest peril.
A beautiful story, very suspenseful, and true to both human frailty and equine nature. I loved the historical references to Xenophon, truth is ageless:
"A horse is a thing of beauty... none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor."
The same may be said of well-written books...
The author has a sound knowledge of her subject, and portrays the bond between horse and rider so beautifully. The book covers a wide range of emotions, and preconceived ideas that are exposed and give one reason to reconsider. Hope and understanding and unselfish love come through this book in so many unexpected ways. A great story.
This is one of my favorites. It was very well narrated and engaging.
There were several "cliff hangers" that kept me quite interested. The book itself was memorable. It was different than most books in that the central character was a young, talented girl in a big city with a valuable horse, and she struggled to perform the fine art of dressage while dealing with numerous losses and hardships. Her bravery and resolve were quite memorable.
Her ability to emote in British, French, and American accents.
I experienced a sense of relief at the end.
The parts about Natasha (why did the author choose that name, for crying out loud?) and Connor and Mack got a bit "old" and tiresome. There were some parts of the book that seemed a bit less than plausible, but it still made for a very good book.
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Compelling story and as I am a horse owner, pleased at the accurate references to her magnificent animal and the art of riding.
But this story is so much more than being about horses as some might suspect from the title. Excellent weaving of such diverse characters. A lesson to be learned that could apply to any of us.
Julia Franklin is the best narrator that I have had the pleasure to listen to. She has the uncanny art of distinction between each character.
I personally would enjoy seeing this as a movie.
Well worth it.
I was hooked after the first chapter. Julia Franklin did a great job with the narration. I would especially recommend the book to teen girls, mothers of teen girls and anyone who loves horses. The book has many story lines beyond the girl and her horse, though.
The characters with their strengths and flaws were interesting. I wanted to know them and cared about what was happening to them. The history and information that I learned about riding and horses was a major plus for me.
No one favorite......loved all the characters.
Great performance as expected
The most exhilarating scene for me was when the girl was being menaced by the boys. I found myself cheering as the girl and her horse made their escape.
I love JoJo Moyes work....can't get enough of it.
With dressage the third most popular horse activity in the US, there are lots of us to appreciate this well written, carefully crafted novel. Unpredictable, believeable, bringing Endland's backstreet neighborhoods to life and evidencing the author's accurate riding knowledge, this book will be thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who's ridden or studied dressage. Ranks right up with Water for Elephants.
it takes a little time to start to like it. kinda slow in the beginning. and it's based out of london so it' would be better if you had been to london so you could picture how it might be set up, where the girl rides her horse ect - how far she rides - that kind of thing. the narrator also has an english acent. but is easy to understand it just takes time to get used to it.