©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)
If you love horses read this book,
If you love animals read this book,
If you love or want to, read this book
If you are hurt from a loss you must...
Read this book!
As a lover of horses, this book called to me. I recommended it to all my horse-loving and non-horse-loving (don't understand those people at all!) friends. The narrator was spectacular. I thought it must surely be the author reading her own story, though I found out later it was not. The feeling with which it was read was so very genuine. I related to this story in so many ways, I felt as if I were experiencing this book, and by the time there was only half an hour left, I was sobbing so hard, I had to stop listening. My husband was even fighting back tears. By the next morning, we felt we had the strength to finish the story....we finished it. I cried some more. And immediately recommended it to everyone that I know. A wonderful story beautifully told.
I cried and braced myself for more crying at this wonderfully written story about the absolute love an animal gives us even tho the animal has suffered beyond words. I felt every emotion as I read through this soul pounding, God bless the horses, and the people who did not know each other but came together for the good of the animal. Get out the kleenex on this one.
Quite different story than I expected. Very well narrated, the voice of the narrator fits well on the character. The story makes you think; despite our messy past, we should see the future as an opportunity.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Richards owned three horses when she responded to a request by her local SPCA to foster an abandoned, abused mare. The abused mare had arthritis in her front legs and rear hocks. She had been half starved and had many health problems. But, surprisingly, the mare had an affable temperament. The horse was named Lay Me Down. She got along with Richards’ other horses.
The memoir is well written and takes the reader on an emotional trip. The author had a lot of personal baggage, but it is the relationship with the mare that makes this a special story. If you love horses, you should read this book.
Just one note of disappointment. This note is aimed at the publisher or whoever was responsible for the cover of the book. The horse in the story is an American Standardbred, but the horse on the cover appears to be a Friesian. The people that will be interested in reading this type of book will know horse breeds. For us horse lovers, this is an annoying type of error.
Lorna Raver does an excellent job narrating the book. Raver is an actress and multi-award winning audiobook narrator.
Bill Franklin, Ph.D.
As one who has a soft spot for all animals, this is a touching story of a woman's efforts to befriend an abused horse, and later, to heal it. Even after finishing the audible book, I continued to think about Lay Me Down, the horse, and the mystical hold that animals have over our lives.
Listened to this warm yet raspy story while on vacation in the Smokey Mountains this summer. A fitting story for the scenery and surroundings I thought even if my wife and I did find ourselves silent fighting off the emotional wash of tears, understanding, and sympathy. For the pet lover and caretaker in me, it was as much about the broken horse as it was the author's broken heart, life, and tested will. Yes, Murphy's 3rd Law (S#!& Happens) fully applies and makes the whole story at first seem to be a "woe is me" tale but it quickly hits home to the listener/reader that there really is heart, loss, and soul wretched personal emotional trauma that is put on display. It takes a strong will to keep getting up when life loves to do nothing but keep putting you down yet when these two mammals meet it is a resounding reminder of how spoken language is so over rated and how a look, an action, a sound and even behavior is a universal language between souls where no other language exists.
I won't call it my favorite book. I can't even say if I would listen to it again, although very likely. However, I feel that I am a better person for having "read" it if only to be reminded that we are most, if not all, awash in the same sea of life and should do our best to perform our duties as keeper of this great blue marble and its multitudes of all its inhabitants.
Loved the writing, the humor and detail were perfect and really created wonderful images for the listener/reader. However, the narrator's voice was pretty "over-the-top" theatrical, in my opinion. Richards' writing voice is so honest and straightforward, it did not seem a good match with the narrator's.
I loved this book so much. I cried while listening to it on my way home and people were concerned. It was very touching and a beautiful book to listen to.
This is a heartbreaking and yet wonderful story of a lady and her horse....... it is a must read for any horse lover
"Bittersweet account of pet ownership"
Whilst this book will generally appeal to horse devotees, it is an account of pet ownership of more elderly animals and the trials and tribulations that goes along with it. It was an enjoyable listen and the narrator was very good. Worth a listen but you may need industrial quantities of tissues to hand
very sad and upsetting, the story portrayed the bond between horse and human very well. slightly annoying how 43 years of age is repeatedly referred to as old..the references to the age of the lady in the book would of been more appropriate for a seventy year old, very well narrated.
"Great book if you love horses"
Yes, if you love horses you will enjoy this book but have tissues out
Was about horses, sad but good
Her love of horses
Yes if I had time
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
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