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Blind Your Ponies | [Stanley Gordon West]

Blind Your Ponies

Sam Pickett never expected to settle in this dried-up shell of a town on the western edge of the world. He’s come here to hide from the violence and madness that have shattered his life, but what he finds is what he least expects. It seems that every inhabitant of this forgotten outpost has a story, a reason for taking a detour to this place—or a reason for staying.
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Sam Pickett never expected to settle in this dried-up shell of a town on the western edge of the world. He’s come here to hide from the violence and madness that have shattered his life, but what he finds is what he least expects. It seems that every inhabitant of this forgotten outpost has a story, a reason for taking a detour to this place—or a reason for staying.

As the coach of the hapless high-school basketball team, Sam can’t help but be moved by the bravery he witnesses in the everyday lives of people—including his own young players—bearing their sorrows and broken dreams. How do they carry on, believing in a future that seems to be based on the flimsiest of promises? Drawing on the strength of the boys on the team, sharing the hope they display despite insurmountable odds, Sam finally begins to see a future worth living.

Author Stanley Gordon West has filled the town of Willow Creek with characters so vividly cast that they become as real as relatives, and their stories—so full of humor and passion, loss, and determination—illuminate a path into the human heart.

©2011 Stanley Gordon West (P)2011 HighBridge Company

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    Tracy 03-03-12
    Tracy 03-03-12 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    The high school basketball team hasn't won a game in years. Town moral is down, school moral is down. A couple new students arrive at the high school, a tiny flicker of hope ignites. More then just basketball, the town has drawn people running away from past experiences. A good listen, feel good book with more going then just at the surface. Well narrated, well written. NOTE: I DISLIKE BASKETBALL, BUT ENJOYED THIS BOOK.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 04-15-12
    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 04-15-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A great story of triumph over insurmountable odds"

    Readers who have grown up in small towns will really identify with the story of this hapless, demoralized high school basketball team -- a reflection of the community as a whole. Each character in the story is well drawn and positioned to advance a more complex story than "small team triumphs over odds." Basketball fans will appreciate the strategies used by the coach to keep the team (or remnants of it) on the court and in the game. Fans of interpersonal/family dynamics will appreciate the back-stories of pivotal characters. The only thing that didn't fit for me was the title, which to me is gruesome, even if it is only a metaphor for some of the tensions in the book.

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    Susan 02-10-15
    Susan 02-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing book of the Heart!"

    Should be a group study book in Jr. High or read out loud in the class room. Very captivating! I enjoyed it very much, dug deep and never give up!

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    Tom saco, MT, United States 01-18-14
    Tom saco, MT, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Montana story"
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    Like many stories this could have been just as good without the complete bedroom scenes. Could have recommended to younger readers if this was left out. It would have not changed the story.

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    Annie Parshall, ND United States 10-21-12
    Annie Parshall, ND United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2007

    proud mother

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    "If you love class B boys basketball in the midwest"

    My hometown was Epping ND and they had a losing streak of over 90 games lost in Class B boys basketball in the 1960's. They went on to take second place in the state tournament in 1976 so I identified with this very small town and a team with no bench and the fact that boys basketball is king in these small towns. The narrator was a bit irritating at first but I grew to like him. Loved this story of life in a small town and how people rally to support the under-dogs. This story was fairly predictable but a good read to pass the time as I have been in the car a lot lately. I would definitely recommend it.

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    Margaret CHILOQUIN, OR, United States 08-07-12
    Margaret CHILOQUIN, OR, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Redemtion in a Backwater"

    I've been to Montana and I've been to Willow Creek and Three Forks - because the railway runs through it and I've operated my speeder on that piece of rail. It was wonderful to imagine this story in that spectacular setting. I could well imagine the cast of characters SG West presents and the way a community would rise above their many differences and grow together towards a more confident citizenry. Sports was the vehicle but it was not the story. The story for me was about the power of unconditional love and how the right words at the right time can change the storyline of a person's life and a community's well-being.

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    Jalene Sorenson Gillette, WY United States 04-23-12
    Jalene Sorenson Gillette, WY United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "WOW!"
    Where does Blind Your Ponies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better books I've "read".


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written


    What about Traber Burns’s performance did you like?

    Nice performance of many different voices.


    If you could take any character from Blind Your Ponies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pete - scrappy.


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    "Pat Controy of Montana"

    The blurb at the side of this audiobook is vague and
    I'm here to tell you that it's a FAB, heartwarming
    tale, of small town Americana and cheering for the
    underdog.

    With a school of eighteen students, there is always
    great difficulty trying to man a basketball team; so
    when a foreign exchange student of 6'11 arrives, the
    town makes it their mission to teach him basketball
    and lift their spirits. We follow the gutsy boys and
    their teachers/mentors on their journey as they deal
    with growing up and just plain living.

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