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.
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!
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Found it long, rambling, jumping back and forth telling same story though numerous eyes. Way too many horse's histories and details. Could use a generous edit, but would be fasinating to a horse breeder. The good news I have fallen to sleep so often trying to read it... it makes a dependable sleep aid.
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 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.
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.
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.