Absolutely. I've recommended it to everyone I know. What a wonderful uplifting story. I was afraid from the description that it would be heart wrenching, but instead it was heart-mending. A great Christmas story (I read it during the Christmas Season) this story is timeless, and I would recommend it any time.
That the characters were real, identifiable people who inspire the listener's loyalty. I liked everyone in the story, but especially the son who stole my heart completely. I learned from them and that doesn't happen in books often enough.
When Christmas came home.
Listen to it and thank me later.
Entertaining, educational, witty.
The author because he challenges his listener with classic phrasing and descriptions of humanity that elevate and entertain.
When the waitress who couldn't tolerate men's eating habits finally realized what hunger was. The metaphor was marvelous.
O Henry routinely makes me laugh. His tongue is so far inside his cheek you'd have to be deaf to miss it.
The narrator is marvelous. I have sought Bob Thomley in other works just to hear his soothing voice. Perfect choice for O. Henry.
Suspenseful, heartwarming, beautiful
When Susan escaped with Bouche after the street race. The descriptions were so suspenseful, I could feel myself panicking.
Bouche (sorry - horse person here). At points I was disappointed with them all, probably the author's intention. Julia Franklin did an excellent job of varying tones and accents, gliding so seamlessly in conversations that it was difficult to remember that ONE person was doing all the talking.
The true test of a leader is whether his followers will adhere to his cause from their own volition, enduring the most arduous hardships without being forced to do so, and remaining steadfast in the moments of greatest peril.
A beautiful story, very suspenseful, and true to both human frailty and equine nature. I loved the historical references to Xenophon, truth is ageless:
"A horse is a thing of beauty... none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor."
The same may be said of well-written books...
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