This was my favorite book of 2002. The story is amazing. You couldn't write better fiction than this true-life tale. Each of the characters; horse, jockey, trainer, and owner all provide heroic tales in their own respect. The author does such an incredible job describing the racing action that you can almost feel the ground rumble as the horses pound their way down the home stretch. The narration is also excellent, and this adds to the excitement. Before reading this book, I had never been to a horse race but after reading it, I had to go to the races just so I could experience it firsthand. Don't wait for the movie, this is a great book!
The fact that this book was published in 1936 and is still a top seller today says a lot more than I can manage to convey in this review.
The book is filled with sound practical advice. It is probably the best book ever written on human relations. Anyone and everyone should find it to be a valuable guide, whether in personal, family, or business relationships. Despite the title, which some may consider overly aggressive by todays'standards, the practices discussed in the book are in no way manipulative. To the contrary, this book helps you learn the art and skill of conversation and persuasion through attentiveness to, and consideration of others.
This is not a story that you listen to once and get rid of it. It is a reference manual that you will be able to use and refer to for years to come. I own it in hardback, as well as on cassette (remember those?) so I was excited to see a digital version made available from Audible. I bought it immediately and now look forward to being able to enjoy it again and again on my MP3 player.
If you like Life of Pi, you'll probably like this one. Like LoP, its a story told through the eyes of a young boy. (It is also narrated by the same narrator).
I'm not much of a reviewer, but I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it for your next book selection!
Barris blurs the lines between fact and fantasy and the result is an entertaining and often hysterical read. The book cleverly flips between Chucky-baby's recounting of his true life TV career, and a farcical tale of his secret life as a CIA assassin. The reader is left to his wits to figure out where one stops and the other begins. Mindless nonsense, no doubt, but I highly recommend it for its cleverness, humor and novelty.
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