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The Horse Dancer Audiobook
The Horse Dancer
Written by: 
Jojo Moyes
Narrated by: 
Julia Franklin
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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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    forever listening 12-29-14
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    "Wearisome marital angst"

    I put the most negative thing I could say in the headline. But this part of the novel was so depressing, it niggled at my enjoyment. There's a lovely HEA but this couple was seemingly so far gone, it was almost too hard to believe that they could get there. Mac was definitely more likable than Natasha and you never quite get why he puts up with so much or, save for a sentence or 2, why he loves her enough to hang around & give another go without seemingly much question. Nevertheless, I love Jojo Moyes books. They seem "real" (life drama) & are hard to put down. Julia Franklin does a great job though there was an occasion or 2 that Mac sounded a lot like Tash. Her voice also seemed a bit older than I thought appropriate for the characters…minor criticism. Nevertheless, this is another Moyes novel that will stay with me long after the last page is read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    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"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debra
    5/23/16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this book."

    Another great listen from Jojo.
    Couldn't put it down! Her story's are always so relatable.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • small monkey
    3/25/16
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    "pretty dark story for Jojo"

    The story is very well written and captures the imaginations quickly, as does all of Jojo's books. The story though is darker than her normal stories though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine
    United Kingdom
    2/12/16
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    "Loved it"

    Couldn't stop listening, it captivated me, made me cry in places, sad it's over now.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bernice
    United Kingdom
    1/13/16
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    "Love Jo Jo Moyes!"
    Where does The Horse Dancer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is about her great book by JoJo Moyes. I have loved all her other books. The stories are gripping and heartwarming. There is always a lovely ending.


    What other book might you compare The Horse Dancer to, and why?

    This is amongst Jo Jo's best books. A really cracker!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Possibly the scene where Sarah takes her horse back and rides away.

    Overall the whole book was good, I thought at the beginning that the book might be a bit horsey for me, but when the story starts it is a brilliant piece of fiction.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. it is 17 hours long. But it was a book that it easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • joanne hulme
    12/17/15
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    "OK"

    Very slow start but a nice story
    Not one of Jojos best
    But an easy read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • claudia
    12/1/15
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    "A lovely surprise"

    I was very moved by this book. The relationships were well drawn. I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret Thomas
    10/27/15
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    "Story"
    What would have made The Horse Dancer better?

    The lack of A french accent. and two stories into one, confusing


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jojo Moyes again?

    I like all her stuff so far


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fabiana
    9/9/15
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    "I love the writer!"

    It was a bit boring and slow to start with but once the story develops it gets really exciting and as good as all her books.. But still doesn't beat "Me before you"..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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