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.
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.
I thought this was an incredible story and well written. It's become one of my favorites and I'm sure I'll listen to it again. I thought the narration was perfect for this type of story.
Just take a listen, you won't be able to stop. Laura is a very talented author and I will read anything she writes after this wonderful and excellent story.
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.
Well, duh! The horse.
An exciting story told in all it's detail. If you liked Unbroken, as pretty much everyone did, you can expect a similar pleasure.
The story and narration fully entrancing. Don't know how Hillenbrand did it, but kept me at full attentiveness through entire book. Thorough, engaging. Descriptions of Seabiscuit, owners, riders, horses, races, scenes, historical times - all perfect!. Learned much about not just Seabiscuit but horse racing, the sport during those times, and horses.
Can't compare to others. Unique.
One of the best narrators ever! Excellent enthusiasm, seriousness, emphasis, sentence and paragraph breaks. Felt like I was at a storyteller's convention. He was superb!
This would be a good read in book form, but it's a MUST Audible book!
The races themselves. Literally sat on the edge of my seat during each one. Felt like I was at the race. As enthusiatically engaging as current Triple Crown endeavors. Loved it!. Found it hard to stop listening to do other things.
Would put in my Top 10 Favorite Books list. Parents were married in 1937. This book particularly highlighted the Thirties which made book even more enjoyable. Kudos to Laura Hillenbrand! Would read anything she writes! Seabiscuit is a must read and makes a perfect Audible read! Thanks, Laura!