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.
I could not put this book down. I saw so many good reviews I had to give this book a try, and I am so glad I did. I was entralled, this is one of those books you stay in your car long after you've arrived just to hear a few more minutes.
As the title said, this book is a serious tear jerker. Keep the tissues close once you get near the end. I really wish the author went on a little bit longer. I did not want it to end, and I really wanted to know what happened to the characters after the story ended - which seems like a cruel joke from the author.
Also the last 15 minutes of the recording is an interview with the author. I wish I would have known so I could have planned accordingly.
I waited for this book to come out and was extremely interested in where it would go. It did not dissapoint, there is a serious adventure in this book. The book started right where the previous book left off, so there is no catching up to do, unless you need a refresher from the old book.
My biggest complaint for the book is that the last hour left me confused. I don't want to give anything away, but it left me thinking I missed something and a lot of "WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!"
There is a lot of time traveling in this book and it can get a little confusing at times. So don't zone out for part of it or you may miss important details.
Narrators were all spot on. No complaints from me!
I had really high hopes for this book. I am a big fan of YA Dystopian novels, and I'd heard this book was really one of the important ones in the genre.
I felt like the beginning of this book was really good, I liked where it was going, it had an interesting setting...but about 3/4 through it felt like the author gave up and just wanted it to end. It left way too many loose ends, and just sort of ended.
I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator, but he did not bother me.
I seriously love this series. But I suppose if I am writing a review for the 5th book in the series that goes without saying.
I found this book to be reminiscent of book three. That is to say, it isn't my favorite in the series. But it is interesting nonetheless. It was very political and a lot of games were being played. Who was betraying who, who was in league with who? Although some things left me frustrated and confused...like why didn't he just take conventional methods to get to places he wanted to go, like a car or plane. It also left a lot of things unresolved.
I hope the next book ties up some loose ends. But it was an interesting listen all the same.
I took a bit of a break from this series because I was a tad afraid to pick it up based on the other reviews. Now that book 10 is out I decided to give it a try.
As others have said this is a transitional tale, Jacky has a few escapades abroad and then is back in London to clear her name. Once again surviving only due to her friends and relationships that she has built over the last few books.
Unlike the other reviewers, I enjoyed this book and thought it worth my time. The adventures back in London got a bit slow as she just seemed to enjoy playing around with her flirts, and nothing really ever happened. Then it ended on an odd note, so I look forward to starting book 10!
May contain slight spoilers
I probably should have researched this book a bit better before diving in. While I really enjoyed the story itself, and found it quite interesting I was not prepared for the amount of death and killing of ponies involved.
This is a novel based on a real event, a particularly disastrous one; it is the story of an adventure to the south pole, two teams racing to have the glory of being the first man there. One man took dogs the other dogs and ponies. This was written from the point of view of a pony named James Pigg, first from his birth and all the way to his death and the many things that happened to him, primarily in the Arctic wasteland of the most southerly contenent .
If you are sensitive about real accounts of animals and people dying or being shot to death, you may wish to consider researching the non-fiction story and then deciding whether this would be a good book for you. While I learened a lot from this book and found the story to be fun, it does not have a happy ending.
I think the synopsis gives a fine explanation of the book itself as far as what it is about, so I will touch on the emotional impact this book had on me.
I had to read this in my 8th grade history class, now I don't know if I wasn't mature enough then, or I skimmed too much of this book, but I did not get nearly the depth out of this book as I did as an adult and in audio format.
This is one of those books that when it is finished you need to sit in silence for a while just to absorb everything. It is deep, powerful and moving. It certainly gave me a whole new perspective of veterans, especially those who were on the front lines and I maybe grasped a bit better why some come back and do not wish to speak of their time.
This book was a step out of my comfort zone, not something I would have picked up on my own. I was prompted to listen to Code Name Verity by an online book club, and I am glad I did.
Pay attention during this book, there are so many small details you will miss that come back later if you don't listen. I think if I were to listen to it again I would find so many things I missed the first time around.
My husband did not expect to like this book, nor did I to be honest, but we were both wrong. The book was only rated by 16 people when I picked it up, so while the reviews were very good I still had my reservations. It held both our attentions and the little details that were part of the parallel story were like hidden Easter eggs in the book to be found.
As a side note: You may need tissues.
I wasn't fond of this book. While the premise was interesting, and you really feel for each character as they tell their side of the story, what really got to me was the never ending flashbacks, and the flashbacks were not even told in any order one might be from 5 years ago, the next 10, the follow will be from a year ago. I don't mind a few flash backs in a story, or a story that is told purely through the flashback, but I have issues with stories not being linear. Every small movement forward forced a 30 minute flashback. It just took its toll on me. I want to know what happened next, not get bogged down in what happened 10 years ago that influenced the characters' perception today.
I know there are huge Jodi Picoult fans out there, but this book alone convinced me that her writing style is just not for me.
To be completely honest when I started this book I was BORED. I did not know what was going on, didn't see where it was leading and stopped paying attention. It was only by my husbands insistence we give it a little more time and a lack of something better to listen to while on a trip that I agreed to slog through the first hour to 90 minutes.
After that I was enthralled.
If you can push past the initial slow and confusing beginning then you will be rewarded with an incredibly deep and interesting story.
This book is NOT a stand alone, it is very much a part of series, the end really does stop at day 1.
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