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Mary

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  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (381)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "I am a sucker for happy horse stories"
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    I grew up riding horses and show jumping. The author did a wonderful job of capturing all things true of the sport, while also telling a heartwarming, non fiction story of a horse and rider who beat the odds. The story is so amazing it is almost unbelievable! I also appreciated the extra historical information interspersed throughout the book that was secondary to the main story. The narrator did a fantastic job. I highly recommend this refreshing listen to those that love animals and the underdog.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6745)
    Performance
    (4720)
    Story
    (4705)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Wonderful listen, wonderful performance"
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    Very engrossing story with well developed characters. I had a difficult time going to bed at night because I wanted to keep listening. The narration is excellent and feels more like an audio production rather than being read a story. The subject matter can sometimes feel rather depressing, however, Grissom's writing is true with the time period. I highly recommend this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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