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.
I'm a voracious reader who unfortunately spends a lot of time on the road. Audiobooks make my life a lot better.
This is a wonderful story, especially so when it sticks to the horse, the racing, and the people. Occasionally the author gets a little bogged down in lists of how much each horse won and the pedigree of various other horses. All in all, however, it's definitely worth the listen. The author can make a prose description of a horse race pretty exciting!
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.
The audiobooks I've listened to in the past have had wonderful narrators that did at least a dozen different character voices. They bring the book to life.
This narrator does not do that. His voice is not suited for story-telling. He would do well at the news or even better yet at time and temperature.
I'm having a hard time "getting into the book" and even just paying attention.
The most boring audio book ever!! A waste of money!! Didn't even finish listening too it.. Was very disappointing after a wonderful movie... Giving it a 1 star because I have to rate something..A big 0 in my book!