Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.
The facts of this story are great, but the writing is poor. What a disappointment after all the rave reviews! Chapters were repetitive, even using the same sentimental phrases, flashbacks, and allusions time and again. The author really could have benefitted from a strong editor. As if the story didn't tell itself, we are told ad nauseum how we ought to feel. In effusive language, we read what a remarkable story we are being told!
Harry de Leyer worked hard at menial tasks that are described in detail, but how does he actually train horses? You don't learn anything about the methods or techniques Harry used. There is no excuse for the lack of detail since Harry is still alive and apparently granted the author unlimited access. As for Snowman, it is as if the horse trained himself. What you will learn, repeatedly, is that Harry just talked to the horse, and the horse flicked his ears and did what he was asked. Maybe in the hands of a skilled screenwriter, the book could be turned into a decent movie, but is there really enough material even for that?
On the human side, Harry was portrayed as a simple, hard-working, devoted family man, with a like-minded wife Johanna who bore them eight children. Yet suddenly in summarizing the period from Snowman's death in 1974 until the present day, we find that they got divorced.
Say something about yourself!
This was a real life feel good story, a story of rags to riches for both horse and owner.
Not only does this story detail the life of Snowman and Harry de Leyer, it gives a fairly good look at the social and economic changes happening in the late 1950's and its effect on the show jumping and equestrian industry. It did get a touch repetitive near the end, but nothing too obnoxious. Overall a good story I would recommend to anyone.
Well, of course, this is a wonderful story about Snowman the eighty dollar champion horse and his amazing owner/partner Harry de Leyer. Great story--but not well told. The book was terribly repetitive--so much so--that I finally gave up listening. I do thank the author for introducing me to Snowman and Harry.
If you are horse people ( we know who we are) you will love this book and overlook some of the minor flaws, like it's repetitiveness. It is a fantastic story, rags to riches all the way.
Of course, I would recommend this book to anyone, not just horse, or animal lovers.
The best part about this story is it's true!!!
Parts made me cry, while others made my heart swell with pride.
Even though I was familiar with the story (being an old show jump rider), I still learned things I was not aware of. The story does capture your heart!! Just goes to show, you can't judge a horse by his coat!!!
One of the best! My father has listened to over 450 audiobooks and says this is the best he has ever read.
The story itself, the descriptions, and the history behind it. Very well researched.
The first meeting of the Harry and Snowman.
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
This is a feel good story with nothing too substantial to review about. I like a good, "pull yourself up" story so I enjoyed it but that's pretty much it. I cried a lot...but I'm a sap when it comes to empowerment stories.
The fact that it was a true story
It was heart warming--a rags to riches story. I like the way Harry connected with the horse and always put his well being ahead of any personal gain.
I knew of so many of the people in the book--I was just getting into horses in the 60s when these people were well known show jumpers. I cried when Snowman died.
This is a great horse story with lots of interesting history. It was just about the time when prices for show jumpers were beginning to climb. However, a determined equestrian with a good eye could have a fighting chance. As a horse-crazy child in 1960s Chicago, the highlight of the year was the big horse show at the International Amphitheater. Show jumping was a big part of it. Chicagoans will recognize some of the names mentioned in this book.
Did not read the print version.
This was a wonderfully detailed stroy of the conection between a horseman and his horse.
Harry was my favorite.
No. It was very long.
This book will become a classic.