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Chosen by a Horse Audiobook
Chosen by a Horse
Written by: 
Susan Richards
Narrated by: 
Lorna Raver
Chosen by a Horse Audiobook

Chosen by a Horse: How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart

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Publisher's Summary

The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn't be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead, Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan's life. This gentle creature, malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection, had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous. It seemed fated that she would come into Susan's paddock and teach her how to embrace the joys of life despite the dangers of living.

©2006 Susan Richards; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is a bracing and likable book, highly recommended for backyard horsewomen and their admirers." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Great tale"

    for horse lovers and romantics.

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    Jennifer Hudson, WI, United States 05-27-09
    Jennifer Hudson, WI, United States 05-27-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Heartwarming story"

    This was a nice story to listen to. Heartwarming and sweet. It was nice to have a story about a horse (or any animal for that matter) that actually stuck with the story of the animal and didn't digress (too much) to the story of the person. Horse lovers, you'll like this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BARBARA Lancaster, PA, United States 02-26-08
    BARBARA Lancaster, PA, United States 02-26-08 Member Since 2005
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    "A Must For Any Animal Lover"

    For anyone who loves animals whatever kind it is this book is a must. A tender loving story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 02-18-08
    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 02-18-08
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    "heartwarming"

    Being an animal lover I enjoyed this book. A great example of the healing powers of unconditional love.

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    beenthere 07-13-16
    beenthere 07-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Well moving"

    This is a great book and a great recording, easy to understand, and very well animated!! The narrator is an excellent reader and storyteller. The only place I felt it fell short was the narrators voice sounded like a much older woman then 43, so every time the author referred to her age it made me stop for a second because the voice didn't line up with the words.

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    Amy 04-06-16
    Amy 04-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully raw and real."

    As a person who has had horses since childhood and recently endured very similar experiences with a dog, I loved this book. She took my heart, my feelings, and beautifully put them into words In a way I could never do. I am grateful I read this book. It enriched my mind and soul. Beautifully written!

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    Sandra 03-25-16
    Sandra 03-25-16
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    "Heart felt"

    I loved this book. I have not cried in a long time. It's heart felt.

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    Casey 02-29-16
    Casey 02-29-16 Member Since 2014

    Lover of books, animals, the sun on my face, and the wind at my back! #Clemson

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    "A "Must Choose" for any Animal Lover"
    Would you listen to Chosen by a Horse again? Why?

    Yes! And I don't typically re-read books because there are far too many, and such little time. But this one would be an excellent "cozy up and read again" option.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lay Me Down... while most might say Susan, I think Lay Me Down tells the best portions of this story.


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    Susan. There is SO MUCH reliability in this character. Any woman can recount her own versions of Susan's past, and any young girl can tell you she has hopes and dreams not unlike those of Susan.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, mostly at Lay Me Down's antics (and those of the other horses in the pasture), but also at Susan's blunt, truthful reactions to the world. And of course, whenever there is a horse involved in any story, there is likely to be some tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as "Saving Baby," but very, very, very good nonetheless. Well written, very well read, and an excellent reminder of what's important in this world. Highly recommend!

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    Wudnutt Tennessee 12-13-15
    Wudnutt Tennessee 12-13-15 Member Since 2015

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    "for everyone who loves (or even llikes) horses"

    My writing skills are not sufficient to do justice to this book. so rather than ramble about each part of it's greatness, I'll make it short: very funny, very sad. As they say about a good book- - -I didn't want to put it down - or - in this case, pause it. Absolutely amazing book that will live in my memory, I think, the rest of my life, especially whenever I am around horses.

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    janice 08-08-15
    janice 08-08-15
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    "fabulous listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Chosen by a Horse the most enjoyable?

    the reader was a great 'character'. I love horses and could relate to her attachment, and her loss of Lay Me Down. Her herd is such a fun and relatable group and each of their personalities shines through the reader's voice.


    What other book might you compare Chosen by a Horse to and why?

    Soul of a Horse is another true encounter that is as heartwarming and insightful as this into these gorgeous and often times difficult creatures. Makes you want one if you don't have one (or two or three or...) yet.


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    Georgia sure comes to life! Pushy Diva :) the skittish one reminds me a bit of my timid rescued appaloosa Cherokee so I could relate to Susan and him (cant remember his name, not Hotshot). and her first pony as a kid reminded me of our mini Pearl. Attitude galore.


    Any additional comments?

    may read her "sequel" though doubt i'll get the one about her experiences pre-Lay Me since she covers some of that already in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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