©2006 Susan Richards; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"This is a bracing and likable book, highly recommended for backyard horsewomen and their admirers." (Publishers Weekly)
I downloaded this one to listen with my sister, who is a horse lover and a great equestrian. I really didn't think it would hold my interest but I was surprisingly mistaken. Chosen by a Horse ia truly a captivating story that made me laugh and cry and one that stays with you for a long time after the read. Most certainly worth the download.
I have never in all my life imagined such a book. It's so true, horse owners, riders and all horse lovers know what it is to loose a beloved horse. It's beautifully written, heartfelt and true; all people that have lived with horses all their lives know what loosing one is. Please read, and help save those poor horses that are starved, used for unethical medications,
like Premarin and help. We can all do a lot to make their lives happier.
I wished I had bought this book to READ, rather than LISTEN. The premise of the book sounded great, but the author went on and on about her childhood, bad relationships, until it really got tiresome. I would have skipped pages and pages, but couldn't with the audio format. The book was written by a woman supposed to be in her 40's, but read by someone who sounded in her 60's. Can't wait until it's over.
Best book I've read since Seabiscuit. Love horse? Then this is a must read, especially for women who love riding and rescuing horses.
Beautifully written, engaging, thought-provoking. Susan Richards wrote about how difficult it was to get her writing published, which seems so odd because her writing is both lovely and powerful. And her story is interesting and meaningful even if the person reading it knows or cares little about horses. The memoir addresses many other areas. I think Lorna Raver's narration adds a great deal to the listening experience. She seems perfect for this story. Just a great book.
a really nice story by an interesting lady..any horse owner or lover will feel close to this story but also surprised by its origionality. a good light read.
Lorna Raver, the narrator, does a fantastic job. Her voice matches the tone and pace of the memoir perfectly. This book is for Horse Lovers! It's also for anyone that has ever felt abandoned by the people they love. Ms. Richard's honesty is inspiring. Also, Ms. Richards clearly relates the nuances of horse personality, although she might be "anthropomorphising" a wee bit. : )
Lorna Raver does an excellent job of reading this wonderful book so that you feel like you are actually hearing the author Susan Richards tell her story. Although Richards has faced some difficult issues in her life, she presents them using a wonderful sense of humor. A great tribute to how the animals in our lives help us to define ourselves as human beings. I highly recommend this book, especially to animal lovers. Richards is a talented writer. I am looking forward to listening to "Chosen Forever".
Being a horse obsessed woman, I was able to identify with so much of this character's life, her journey and the valuable lessons her horses bring to her life.
What a great story! Ms. Richards did such a great job giving enough detail of her past to make the current situation hilarious, painful, and full of emotional/spiritual growth without going too far. She was able to show what she learned and how she was willing to take such a broken creature's spirit as a lesson to open her own heart.
I finished this book on my riding mower and I can only imagine what my neighbors thought as I mowed circles of fresh green grass with tears streaming down my face!!! Bravo! However, instead of feeling "drained" at the end of her journey, I felt hopeful and jubilant that Lay Me Down's love is not in vain! Thank you for a great book.
Narrator was phenomenal, also!
but it made me cry...I was making soup, chopping veg, listening, and reaching for the kitchen roll...
Three words wouldn't be enough. It was a beautiful tale of a women finding a horse and herself over a number of years. It was an honest and beautifully revealing journey that didn't dwell on the trials and tribulations, but chose to see the majesty and opportunity for progression.
What made the book for me was the authors honest appraisal of her tough journey and the human capacity to learn and move forward. Also, the story was engaging throughout.
The best narration I've heard. The intonations were heartfelt and carried you through all the emotions of the story
This is a heartbreaking and yet wonderful story of a lady and her horse....... it is a must read for any horse lover
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