The story came highly recommended. After reading Seabiscuit I wanted to read this one.
The beginning is too graphic to be family friendly. It was informative on breeding, but not necessary to the story.
The first third/half of the book was full of bloodlines that was difficult to follow (especially on audio) and by the end of the book I still didn't know who half the horses were or why they mattered.
The family history was interesting, the characters were well communicated, Secretariat was loveable from the first.
I enjoyed the book, but it was not Seabiscuit (my favorite), also Laura Hillenbrand is a better writer.
Overall, highly recommended!
I was never a book worm until I joined Audible!
Narration = wonderful!
Story moves well & keeps you interested. This is the 4th time I have enjoyed this book.
My only wish is that in went in depth more. But there are other books for that. Beautifully narrated I got goosebumps listening to the narration of the Belmont Stakes - a race that took place in 73 & I've saw hundreds of times but was still affected by the telling of the story.
I remembered when I was a little girl watching secretariat races on TV. You couldn't help but fall in love with this horse even if you knew nothing about horses.
I'm so glad that I read this book, because it gave me so much more information about the horse itself. I love the movie but of course it was nothing like the book with all its facts and background.
If you like horses you'll love this book. Thank you Audible for making this available to listen to!
Any fan of thoroughbred horse racing will love this book. This is a very popular book on horse racing, and deservedly so. Few books describe a horse race so vividly, no others so beautifully.
This book will tell you everything about Secretariat, something about the history of thoroughbred racing in American, and much about his owner/breeder, his trainer and his jockey.
If you are even a casual fan of horse racing you will enjoy this book. Don't shy away because you think it will be dry, or that it might contain too much history that you won't like. It is beautifully written, and very well narrated.
This edition contains an epilog read by William Nack himself.
I always wondered how different the book would be from the movie, Both were good, but the book was so real for me.
I wanted to know what happened to Penny and her husband.
The Belmont race was the best scene for me.
Long, boring and very redundant, Good (short) story buried under tedious details which would have worked better as an appendix.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
As opposed to the movie based on this book, the text just drones on and on and on... and on. I really enjoyed the movie and figured I would really enjoy the book, but this wasn't the case. It is a GOOD book, don't get me wrong there, but it is more "the facts behind the story" type book. If your looking for a book about the excitement of horse racing, go somewhere else. If your looking for a book about bloodlines, animal husbandry, and family business, go ahead, waste your money.
Cut the horse bloodlines and family history since the 1800s
Made a very boring boo the best it could be.
They probably were all necessary.
Unless you are a historian for the bloodlines of race horses, the first 4-5 chapters will put you to sleep as they did me. Then the family history back many generations I don't think was necessary. Loved the movie, the book NO. Boring and will return the book.
If you're not interested in the bloodlines of race horses in America during the 20th century, this book has little to offer. Perhaps it becomes more engaging but I gave up after several chapters.