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Secretariat | [William Nack]

Secretariat

In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest champion in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated in the same week, he also still holds the record for the fastest times in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. He was also the only non-human chosen as one of ESPN's "50 Greatest Athletes of the Century".
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Audible Editor Reviews

You’ve likely seen footage of Triple Crown champion Secretariat’s remarkable racing career, and Grover Gardner brings us even closer to the track in his narration of William Nack’s enthralling investigation of the life and career of the champion thoroughbred first published in 1975. Gardner’s deep and robust voice heightens the intensity of those scenes when Secretariat bounds full throttle towards the finish line. Although aware of the outcome already, the suspense and excitement of the competition build all the same throughout this performance.

Following a record-shattering win at the Belmont Stakes in 1973, American thoroughbred racehorse Secretariat (fondly nicknamed “Big Red” by his fanbase) became the first Triple Crown winner in over a quarter-century. His performance has since been unmatched by any other competitor today. Secretariat charts the horse’s career from his calculated birth to his achieving the Triple Crown. Nack traces Secretariat’s lineage, studying his breeding and ownership by two families — the Chenerys of Meadow Farm in Caroline County, Virginia, and the Hancocks of Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. These individuals involved in Secretariat’s victory make up a fascinating piece of his history and upbringing.

While horse lovers will thoroughly enjoy Secretariat, fans of investigative biographies and suspenseful narratives will devour Gardner’s rendition of this powerful athlete’s success story. The politics of the Triple Crown make for an intriguing sidebar to this story. Gardner plunges into Secretariat’s competitions with enthusiasm, and his smooth southern accent offers a pleasant reprieve from each pulse-pounding race. Secretariat triumphs in its depiction of horse racing and in moments of quiet investigation. —Suzanne Day

Publisher's Summary

In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest champion in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated in the same week, he also still holds the record for the fastest times in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. He was also the only non-human chosen as one of ESPN's "50 Greatest Athletes of the Century". The tale of "Big Red" is an enduring and inspiring classic, more than 30 years after its initial publication.

©1975 William Nack. New Preface copyright 2010 by William Nack (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Secretariat is an elegantly crafted, exhilarating tale of speed and power, grace and greatness, told with such immediacy that the reader is lost in the rush of horses and the clatter and ring of the grandstand." (Laura Hillenbrand, best-selling author of Seabiscuit)

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    Cynthia Annapolis Royal, NS, Canada 06-29-14
    Cynthia Annapolis Royal, NS, Canada 06-29-14 Member Since 2006
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    "needs a major edit"

    Long, boring and very redundant, Good (short) story buried under tedious details which would have worked better as an appendix.

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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 05-21-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 05-21-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "Not Very Thrilling. Somewhat Interesting"

    As opposed to the movie based on this book, the text just drones on and on and on... and on. I really enjoyed the movie and figured I would really enjoy the book, but this wasn't the case. It is a GOOD book, don't get me wrong there, but it is more "the facts behind the story" type book. If your looking for a book about the excitement of horse racing, go somewhere else. If your looking for a book about bloodlines, animal husbandry, and family business, go ahead, waste your money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Carolina Beach, NC, United States 02-25-13
    Richard Carolina Beach, NC, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2007

    I'm a voracious reader who unfortunately spends a lot of time on the road. Audiobooks make my life a lot better.

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    "Great when it's the story, not the stats"

    This is a wonderful story, especially so when it sticks to the horse, the racing, and the people. Occasionally the author gets a little bogged down in lists of how much each horse won and the pedigree of various other horses. All in all, however, it's definitely worth the listen. The author can make a prose description of a horse race pretty exciting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn S. Hope New Mexico 02-10-13
    Marilyn S. Hope New Mexico 02-10-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Nothing like the movie, boring."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Cut the horse bloodlines and family history since the 1800s


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Nack again?

    No


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s performance?

    Made a very boring boo the best it could be.


    What character would you cut from Secretariat?

    They probably were all necessary.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you are a historian for the bloodlines of race horses, the first 4-5 chapters will put you to sleep as they did me. Then the family history back many generations I don't think was necessary. Loved the movie, the book NO. Boring and will return the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 07-31-12
    Barbara 07-31-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Great book for equine pedigree historian"
    What disappointed you about Secretariat?

    If you're not interested in the bloodlines of race horses in America during the 20th century, this book has little to offer. Perhaps it becomes more engaging but I gave up after several chapters.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Casey Pawhuska, OK, United States 06-14-11
    Casey Pawhuska, OK, United States 06-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring Narrator"

    The audiobooks I've listened to in the past have had wonderful narrators that did at least a dozen different character voices. They bring the book to life.

    This narrator does not do that. His voice is not suited for story-telling. He would do well at the news or even better yet at time and temperature.

    I'm having a hard time "getting into the book" and even just paying attention.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Bend, OR, United States 06-11-11
    Cindy Bend, OR, United States 06-11-11
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    "Secretariat"

    The most boring audio book ever!! A waste of money!! Didn't even finish listening too it.. Was very disappointing after a wonderful movie... Giving it a 1 star because I have to rate something..A big 0 in my book!

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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