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The Horse Dancer Audiobook

The Horse Dancer

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Publisher's Summary

Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

Natasha is a lawyer whose job is to represent the best interests of children. Her confidence in her judgement has been shaken and her marriage has died - but an encounter with Sarah may lead to Natasha learning all she needs to know about life from a fourteen-year-old girl and a large horse named Boo...

©2009 Jojo Moyes; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 11-19-13
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 11-19-13
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    "Narrator's accents distract from the story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I think I would recommend the print version, but not the narration. Many reviewers have loved the narrator, but she doesn't do it for me. There are too many accents and she does not do many of them well - for example, the requisite American cowboy speaks VERY slowly (Americans do not speak that slowly or flatly), and her French pronunciation was atrocious!
    Still, the premise of the book is a good one, and I will read this in print.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Calder 06-03-13
    L. Calder 06-03-13 Member Since 2014

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    "One excellent listen—makes your imagination dance"

    Jojo Moyes is quite the story teller—her pace is perfection. Sara, the young horse dancer, is forced to train frustratingly slow. But is pays off big time when it's time to put the horse to the test. So it is with The Horse Dancer. The first scenes were so un-dramatic I wasn't sure I wanted to continue, but then a whole new set of characters take center stage, and the details of the first chapters were invaluable. From then on it was a wild, wrenching extraordinary ride, so well worth it.

    I especially love Jojo Moyes' endings. Well timed and satisfying - still I was sad when it was done because the adventure was so amazing. Julia Franklin is a gifted narrator who took on a diverse set of characters and accents with panache, coupling the novel perfectly.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. Laurent scotts valley CA 10-15-15
    J. Laurent scotts valley CA 10-15-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Great story, terrible narrator!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Horse Dancer to be better than the print version?

    No, as the reading was shrill and hard to follow change of characters!


    What didn’t you like about Julia Franklin’s performance?

    Her reading made both female characters sound shrill and borderline hysterical. She also didn't pause even slightly or change her tone when the character changed, leaving me to do a little catch up each time. A calmer voice would have given the characters more humanity.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    terri 10-13-15
    terri 10-13-15
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    "Hard to like the main character"
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    I did enjoy this book, partially because I enjoy dressage. That said, the main character in this book was hard to like. She was annoying, self centered and acted more like a child than an adult. It distracted from the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda 10-08-15
    Lynda 10-08-15
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    "Wonderful story but....."
    Where does The Horse Dancer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book but I did not like the fact that a lot of the conversations in certain chapters were in French. I don't speak other languages, only English, so those chapters were lost on me. I would have enjoyed it better if it was read in English with a French accent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I actually liked Natasha.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the ending.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan oakland, ca, United States 04-03-15
    Susan oakland, ca, United States 04-03-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Not as good as her other ones for me"

    The book developed well but took a really long time. Didn't love the reader. Hoping the next one is better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    candace everse 02-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"

    Took me a while to get into it but once I did, I couldn't put it down! Thank you JoJo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    malin 12-13-14
    malin 12-13-14
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    "Time flew by"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Horse Dancer to be better than the print version?

    The performance.
    At first, the French accent drove me crazy, then I fell in love!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 10-06-14
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 10-06-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Moved to tears"

    I almost returned this book after the first hour because the bouncing around between characters and their stories was a little frustrating. When the separate stories began to converge, I decided it would be worth hanging in there and seeing what happened. I'm glad I did. It's been a long time since a book has moved me to tears of happiness. Worth the credit

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Dallas, TX, United States 02-06-13
    Jennifer Dallas, TX, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"

    I really enjoyed this book. I listen to books while I work and on a couple days I found myself working past the end of my day because I didn't want to stop listening. The horse parts were interesting and authentic enough to make a horse person (like myself) happy, while not being overpowering for people that aren't so interested in them. Yes, the main characters do make a lot of bad choices, but I still think the story as a whole was excellent. Loved the narrator too, she was easy to listen to and did the various voices well. I really didn't want the book to end. During listening to it I frequently could picture it in movie form so clearly that after it ended I went to search on google and see if it was coming out as a movie. I didn't find anything about that, but it wouldn't surprise me at all to see it as one eventually, I would go see it. It has a few swear words and a couple of not overly graphic sex scenes (one of which was unwilling), but I would still say the book would be good for anywhere from a rather mature pre-teen through adult.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jayne
    Kings Lynn, United Kingdom
    7/5/16
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    "A lovely story"
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    A lovely story of a girl and her horse that as a horsewoman I could really associate with. A little far fetched at the end, but a really enjoyable listen. Would recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs N Tyler
    5/19/16
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    "Wonderful getaway"

    As a child of council estates and a love of horses unknown to any of my family this book resonated with me on many levels. It is well researched, as you would expect from Jojo, and as ever well written. The Characters are believable and made me cry at times with the emotion of hope and humanity to Sarah. If you are a lover of classical horsemanship you will love this book. If you are a lover of Jojo this book will not disappoint. The narrator is easy to listen to and skilfully changes from each character never leaving you to wonder who is talking. This is one I will listen to again one day.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gary Procter
    9/14/16
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    "The best book I have ever read"

    A roller coaster of emotions, as an equestrian of 50yrs, a retired nurse and psychotherapist and many life experiences similar to the subjects in the book, it is so accurate and knowing. I loved it!! It will appeal to everyone . Well done Jo Jo 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. J. Kinvig
    Liverpool
    1/15/17
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    "Excellent and gripping"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Beautifully written but Julia Franklin spoiled it for me by trying to talk like a man. It was so irritating that I wanted to stop listening. She should have just told the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J,C
    Plymouth , UK
    1/1/17
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    "Very imaginative story"

    The reviews were mixed and too many extreme characters, but worth listening very descriptive

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    Dunton Green, United Kingdom
    12/26/16
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    "Très fabuleux!"

    Oh my goodness I so loved reading this book! With a backdrop of three of my core passions in life - England, France (& the French language) and horses, this was an absolutely fabulous book. I lived every moment. Thank you JoJo Moyes! I started with The Girl You Left Behind and am slowly devouring & loving all of your novels!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NiceSteveB
    12/10/16
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    "A Beautiful and Moving Story "

    Another Jojo Moyes classic, compelling and fascinating, the narration really gets you into the story, I was moved to tears on several occasions

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trodez
    12/7/16
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    "Brilliant gripping"

    Took a while to get into it then could not put it down even bought Xenophon to read afterwards

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    11/28/16
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    "loved it."

    enjoyed the techy horse bits as well as the drama of the story. it's not difficult to put yourself in any of their shoes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kerrie-Jo C.
    9/10/16
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    "Amazing work."

    This is one of the best books i have read. Beautiul sensitive and complex. This author is amazing and this book is a showcase of all her talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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