Book was good but not as great as the subject matter. Audiobook narrator was average.
This is a biography of a race horse. There are a lot of details and facts: names of races, dates, times, speeds, and info about other horses and people. At times it was like a text book. But that’s ok. I want facts. During specific races it was exciting. I recently read Boys in the Boat about a rowing crew. That book was more exciting and engaging all the way through. Probably because BITB was about humans, and the author could get more into their lives, their thoughts, their emotions. The most intriguing part about Seabiscuit was his cocky arrogance. He wanted to humiliate other horses. Also, he did not look elegant. He had short legs, knobby knees, and a stocky body. Seabiscuit is a great story, a great subject. But I don’t feel the book is great, which is why I’m rounding to 4. But it was very good.
Other characters include the owner Charles Howard, the trainer Tom Smith, and two jockeys Red Pollard and George Woolf. I was amazed and so sad at what I learned about jockeys. The things they did to keep their weight down: eating tape worms and being constantly dehydrated with awful consequences to their health. One guy would put lettuce on a windowsill to dry out excess water before he ate it. Red’s life was a sad story.
The physical book has pictures. I’m disappointed that the author did not include a pdf file of pictures to go with the audiobook. Other authors do.
George Newbern was ok. But at times I felt like he was reading like a TV news anchor instead of acting/narrating. But part of it could be the material – a lot of facts.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: biography, sports history.
Will move you, educate you, entertain you and make you feel part of this amazing adventure and the intriguing people involved. When finished, check UTube to watch actual footage of the races. The story of Seabiscuit will stay with you for a long time. More than worth your credits.
I loved the story, and all of the things about horse racing that I learned. The story was engaging and a part of me wished that I could have experienced it first hand. My only challenge was listening to the narrator who was a little flat toned, otherwise the book was wonderful
I've read this book probably twenty times, at least ... Laura Hillenbrand is one of the greatest writers who has ever lived, in my opinion ... and Seabiscuit, one of the greatest horses. Such an exciting, inspiring true story of just the right team coming together to bring out the best in one another. I think that, from this example, we should all look at the person next to us with "new eyes" ... of what might they be capable, if we just took the time and effort to engage them ... get to know them ... nurture them ... give them the tools and/or the venue that will help them to bloom. In so doing, we will bloom, ourselves. Thank you, Ms. Hillenbrand, for your years-long effort to fight through your own difficulty to bring this team to life for the world once again ... for this tribute to some of God's greatest gifts to us humans (our spirit, and horses, in general, whose spirits are unmatchable gifts to us) ... for immortalising them, both for your own inspiration and for the appreciation of the descendants of these people and for the rest of us.
Every moment of this read was rewarding. Thanks first to the author and then to the narrator for bringing the history and lives of owners, trainers, horses and riders to life during a time of great historical significance in this nation and the world. Especially for the character and personality of Seabiscuit.
The narrator was easy to listen to. There were times I was so into the race I could feel the excitement and times I felt tears forming. If you have a love for animals I think you will enjoy this true story.
After being totally sucked in to Unbroken (I listened to the whole thing over three days), I expected to be similarly thrilled by Seabiscuit. Alas, I was bored. It wasn't the story-telling; it was me. To enjoy this book, you really have to be interested in horses, and I'm not.