A true cliff hanger, a fabulous rendition
Of a wonderful group of characters from the grooms sneaking food
To the dieting horse to the owner so
Nervous it takes 4 matches to light his
Cigarette, to the rough treatment of
The jockeys, agony of rain, the decision to scratch the horse, the inside workings of horse racing, the timings, the records, the amount of the winnings, and, of course, the races!
I felt as though I was part of the
Thousands listening to the radio broadcast of the races.
Great Horse ~ Great Book ~Great Voice
Well told story about a great horse. This book was comprehensible even though I know nothing about horses or racing, and Hillenbrand was able to keep the race sequences lively even though they are inherently repetative. This story gives a hood historical perspective as well, and makes me want to look up Seabiscuit's descendants to see how the line is holding up.
The story is Seabiscuit is astonishing. I didn't know what was doing to happen, and I was gripped from start to finish. The performer does a very good job distinguishing characters and conveying the mood and narrative tension. I recommend this for anybody.
I can understand learning who all the human characters are. But it takes until the 6th chapter before the story gets good. Then when it does, it gets really good. I'd recommend YouTubing each of the final races then watch the race before and after you read about that particular race.