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
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.
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.
No, as the reading was shrill and hard to follow change of characters!
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.
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.
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.
I actually liked Natasha.
I loved the ending.
The book developed well but took a really long time. Didn't love the reader. Hoping the next one is better.
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
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.
"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 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
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.
"Story soon becomes preposterous"
It didn’t enjoy this book nearly as much as the author’s You Before Me and The Girl you Left Behind, which have far more nuanced characters and realistic stories. The Horse Dancer starts promisingly but soon descends into an unbelievable journey to France by Sarah, a horse-mad 14 year old. It doesn’t help that most of the main characters are unpleasant and/or caricatures: Sarah is obsessive, rude and ungrateful notably when lawyer, Natasha, implausibly takes Sarah into her home after meeting her shop-lifting and then sacrifices much to help her. For most of the book Natasha is in an over-wrought state and bickering with her estranged husband, Mack. There’s just too much friction, over-blown emotion, improbable jeopardy and characters acting stupidly. The only wholly admirable character is the horse!
After hours of incessant conflict and arguments the final epilogue has the main characters implausibly transformed into a saccharine-sweet happy family.
The narrator does give the various characters distinct voices but she over-emphasizes the stridency of Natasha’s grievances and Sarah’s surly truculence, which makes both even less likeable.
"Another great book by Jojo Moyes."
I really enjoyed listening to this story , beautifully read by Julia Franklin.
"A lovely story"
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.
"Thoroughly enjoyed this book."
Another great listen from Jojo.
Couldn't put it down! Her story's are always so relatable.
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.
"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.
Couldn't stop listening, it captivated me, made me cry in places, sad it's over now.....
"Love Jo Jo Moyes!"
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.
This is amongst Jo Jo's best books. A really cracker!
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.
No. it is 17 hours long. But it was a book that it easy to listen to.
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