Yes, I'd recommend it. Frame has plot twists and turns and it has horses: major pluses. But it shows, as Franics so often does, competent, intelligent, good men and women having to take responsibility in their own hands, and go solve a crime or murder. I love the independence, bravery, competence, and moral goodness they show.
The drama and intensity was sustained, and kept building thoughout. It was much better than the movie, which was periodically broken by leftist documentaries. The book stayed focused on Seabiscuit, the men who trained and loved him, and their trials, tribulations, and fight to succeed. This focus, this not straying from the story, made it more powerful than the movie.
I am amazed at what the riders and trainer went through. They were dedicated, hard working, courageous, ambitious, rational and objective (at least in regard to horses), tenacious, and passionate. In horse racing, they were hot in their love and cold in their objectivity.
But, you might have to be interested in horses to like it, or maybe interested in reading about men who recognize and cultivate greatness vs. those who do not.
I love horses so I had an interest in listening to the book -- after I got started. I bought it accidentally. I did not want it yet; I did not think it would be that good. Boy was I surprised. Shortly after it started, I was hooked. If not for the need to sleep and work, I would have listened to it straight through.
Hillenbrand did a great job. And Campbell Scott stayed right there with her. Just what the book deserved.
Another thing that made the book great was that the horseman followed natural horsemanship, or something close to it. None of that irrational beating and mistreating of a horse that some call
With bombs falling around your house at night, and water getting shut off, what would you do? A good story in the Shute tradition: men and women doing some amazing things to protect those they love and follow the journey of their chosen values. Not the first Shute I've read, but if it was, I'd read more. It's enjoyable reading about common people solving problems and facing moral issues, and good people helping each other.
More in the Rattingan tradition (Separate Tables; the Browning Version) than the Rostand tradition (Cyrano de Bergerac) -- but both are good: benevolent and rational.
Yes, I would recommend this!! Great book that should be widely read. It reminded me of Frederick Douglass' Autobiography. Damn, what Mr. Douglass and Ms. Ali went through when they were young. And I'm in awe of what they did with themselves out of their anti-life, anti-man, anti-reason backgrounds, backgrounds into which they were forced.
The beginning of the book is ugly and hard to listen to -- I'm shocked, disgusted, outraged, and filled with contempt and hatred at how some people treat others, treat men, treat women, and treat precious life. But the last half of the book is a better read -- until we get to the part where Ms. Ali is threatened and has to go into hiding. Rooting for her all the way -- but scared for her, too.
Yes, I would recommend it. The author seems pretty objective in assessing the good and bad of Kreuger, and providing us with evidence. A big plus. It's interesting hearing the story of IK and how he made his fortune. Amazing how he crashed through barriers, created businesses and wealth, and invented new financial instruments.
But, while IK was a genius, he also had some really bad premises that destroyed him: he accepted government involvement in the economy, he agreed with the idea of government monopolies, he engaged in some fraud, deciet and dishonesty. Would have been interesting, if he had better premises, seeing how he turned out and what would have happened.
I'd have liked, though, to have had more identification of what, psychologically and morally, made him wealthy and what conflicts he had to work through to achieve the successes he did. In other words, I'd have liked some rational philosophic analysis.
Interesting that, like Steve Jobs, IK had a practiced, intense stare. But, unlike Jobs, he did not focus only on making great, economical products. In both cases, the scale on which they work brings out their premises -- premises other people have, too, but which are not seen much since most people don't live large and develop the consequence of their ideas so fullly and broadly; lots of people just sit around and mope through life.
The female voices could have been done better. Most men cannot do good female voices, just as most women cannot talk like a man. It's cartoonish in either case.
Some parts of the story are good, but how Heinlein regards sex is perverse. Seems like everybody has sex with everybody else, and 13-year-olds have sex with 60 or 70-year-olds. Seems like he has a subjectivist view of sex: it has no meaning; it's just like eating dinner or playing some sport: you can do it with anyone. What the hell?
And if there are
Nice that it was dramatized; made it better than if one reader had done it. Nice, short, kind of
Entertaining short story, short radio program, with some Brownian motion: some twists and turns as Martians and Men mentally fence. The knock on the door changes meaning, from beginning of story to end.
Interesting, intriguing story about a natural horseman. Seems to be a good balance of time on Buck and time on horses; we get to see how the two were intertwined and how lessons from one were applied to the other -- and back again. I'd recommend the book. It has some good points about life and horsemanship. And I'm amazed at how Buck had such a hard life but turned out so well. Probably more than I could handle. Kudos for Buck!
Nice to hear how horses affect people's lives and how we learn lessons in one area but are able to apply them in another, but I wanted more, a lot more, horse training tips and discussion of the nature of horses, how they are in the wild. If it was not about horses, I'd have given it 2 stars.
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