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
The book developed well but took a really long time. Didn't love the reader. Hoping the next one is better.
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.
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
This book is incredibly interesting. I had a hard time getting into the story at the beginning, but once past the first chapter I was hooked. I am a horse person, so I was able to follow all the details regarding the classical dressage, if you are not a dressage person or at least a horse person with vague knowledge of things such as the piaffe some of the jargon may make it hard to imagine what is going on.
However the book is very much a coming of age, with extremely well written charter development and evolution - but not just for the main character, it develops and evolves several characters in real life situations and hardships.
I adored this book and highly recommend to my fellow horse people.
Enjoyed this thoroughly. I'm a horsey person, and was pleased that the equestrian references had been well researched and written. And it's a great story. Although I did have the urge to slap the characters every now and then as they all kept so many secrets, but if there had been open and honest dialogue there would not have been any story to speak of.
This book was SOOOOOOOO good!
At first I was impatient for the author to finish getting all of the characters on the stage so that something would start happening. The characters were all so emotionally dishonest and closed off and everyone was in such sad places.
Then when all the characters did start interacting with each other, the drama got even more heartbreaking!
So why am I recommending this tear jerker of a story? Because it was so GOOD. The characters were great, the emotional tension was taught, the worlds we were introduced to (both the urban stable yard and the French riding academy) were exotic and previously unknown to me.
Julie Franklin communicated the action and drama very well, but the voice she created for Mack was a little coarse and did not lend itself to Mack's tender moments. I probably would have preferred a younger sounding reader, but I certainly enjoyed the story as Franklin performed it.
"sorry not for me "
Did not enjoy , I got cross . wanted to hit leading females :-(.
This was well narrated and a typical JoJo Moyes story. You kept wanting to hear more but it was a good pace and could be put down and picked up easily. The most amazing story? No. An enjoyable listen? Definitely. A bit predictable but still worth an easy listen - ideal for car journeys. I'd recommend to anyone who likes JoJo Moyes.
"Painfully cliched with awful narration"
A different story, different author and different narrator....
The twelve year old girl sounds about 6, the lawyer's voice becomes so annoyingly whiney that I could see why her husband left her and Cowboy John is impossibly cliched.
It did eventually finish, that was it's only redeeming feature. That and Audible's Good Listen Guarantee
This is the first book by Jojo Moyes that I've read so maybe I've been expecting too much but this book had little redeeming features. I'm not a big fan of chick lit but occasionally I fancy something lighter and as this was about horses, I thought I'd give it a try.
There just wasn't much of a story here and it's a long book! But nothing happens for ages and now I can't get back those hours spent listening to this drivel.
"A compelling storey"
Defiantly near the top! I usually go for crime thrillers but this was so refreshing.
There were so many memorable moments that it's hard to choose, the journey from England to France with it's many fit falls and Sarah's connection and love for her horse Boo.
The Cowboy, he was excellent!
"Determination is important"
Empowering, triumphant, sad
If you are a Jojo Moyes fan -this book has all the emotions of her work I have read in Me Before You and the Girl you left behind.
Yes - quite melancholy - but ever so normal and engaging.
Be expected to laugh and cry. JM evokes a lot of human nature in her stories and I am a fan. Sarah had a really tough time, but was a very determined girl she knew what she wanted - I admired her headstrong attitude - never give up.
"Loved this book"
Oh my I am so guilty. I think I am one of those people on the plane. Please keep your child quiet. You know this changes my whole perspective thank you I wish I had read this long ago what an inspirational person Rupert is. The lengths you went to to help your child I can only admire you. How lucky we are to have animals who keep us grounded how the help us with therapy. I only hope we appreciate them more
"Loved this book"
I don't think you need to like horses to enjoy this book, but as I'm into classical riding and horses in general, the cover and premise drew me in.
I wanted to slap some sense into some of the characters at times, which just proves they're believable, I suppose.
Not a romance, not a coming of age, not a horse story - but a combination of all three. Recommended.
I wouldn't listen to it again, but I don't generally, there are too many other great books out there! I would recommend it to horse lovers though.
This is the first Julia Franklin performance I listen to. She reads the narrative well but some of the voices are not how I imagine the characters to be, for example the two main male characters have quite a strong London accent, like the local lad down the pub, but the main female character has a 'posher' accent and somehow they don't work quite as well together!
Towards the end I just wanted to sit for hours and find out what happened! It was a little slow to start though.
This book just didn't work for me. It's a shame but I found the narrative very predictable and long-winded. This was't helped by the shallow characterisation. I just didn't believe in or empathise with Tash, Sara or Mac. Because of this it was hard to really care about what happened to them.
It's a big ask to get all the accents right - English, French, American, child, adult, male and female! Some were better than others.
It's not often that I find a book disappointing, but unlike many of the other reviewers, this one isn't for me.
I loved this story as I was one of the girls whom Horses saved. At times it felt a little bit too incredulous and also it seemed to drag a bit in parts and a little predictable also. However, this did not stop me being hooked and desperate to hear what happens next. It is another triumph by Jo Jo Moyes and I thank her for dedicating the book to a particular group of girls, of which I was one.
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