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
Not a literary buff but enjoy classics to Neal Stephenson,Diana Gabaldon, John Irving, Haruki Marukami. Make me think. Apprec. your reviews.
I really have enjoyed listening to several books by Jojo Moyes in the last month. The one you left behind; From me to you and now the Horse Dancer. Overall I am awed by jojo's ability to weave stories within stories and characterise with insight into the human condition. The difficult choices we make, sometimes despite knowing better or with disastrous consequences The Horse Dancer has captured some of the human and daily dilemmas we might face and managed to bring them to life through well developed characters. Zenaphon's words speak through time and reveal the relationship between a young 14 year old girl/woman and a beautiful horse.
Sarah and Boo's connection an∂ incredible trust Boo has in his rider. Zenaphon's words as I remember; "You must make the Horse do, even if he doesn't understand". The "Air" manoeuvres require this.
I think there were several moments particularly in the descriptions of Boo achieving incredible movements in the face of fear and exhaustion- as he will always show his big spirit when he wants to shine. The French Capriole (?} scene inspires.
The character of Natasha made me cringe at times, Her negativity and I think her inability to drop her defences. Why do human beings have to be "right" all the time. Justify themselves and be blind to what is before them?
And I know I've talked about the horse alot...but there are many other issues explored in the sub plots: class; the issues for child protection services trying to find placements for children; infidelity, family connections and parenting.
Well done Jojo. Thank you. I'm running out of your titles to listen to though.
I have tried but cannot finish this one after going half way through. The ingenue character is so unlikable and stupid I cannot feel sympathy for her. Bathe adult counterpart has no redeeming characteristics. All characters are unsympathetic and self absorbed.
This is in the top five audiobooks I have listened to. I was expecting to be at least irritated by the book - I love classical dressage and usually stay away from horse novels due to the ridiculous training methods described. In fact, I was really surprised. From about two chapters into the book I was gripped by the struggles the characters were undergoing. I felt a lot of empathy for most of them.
The character development, especially of Natasha and Henri, was fantastic.
The narration was great - she does a good job with the accents.
I have listened to many audiobooks but this is the first time I have felt inclined to leave a review. Good job Jojo!
It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.
Beautiful! Heartfelt! Memorable!
I love the plot - it was a great story. To read to listen too! Jojo did an amazing job going into details about a horseman role. She's touches on every part of each main characters role - to make you understand the entire story. That's why I love her books.
Julia was awesome! I love the ascent in British and French. Julie made the story very entertaining.
Not sure what you mean on one sitting - I thought is it was.
They need to make a movie out of this book! It would be a good movie to watch.
I chose this book because I am very interested in horses and ended up liking the "non horsey" parts almost more. It looked at each characters point of view and managed to combine them all into a nice, believable ending. There were a few slow areas but the story switched points of view enough that I never got bored.
Maybe. I enjoyed it eventually but after reading JoJo Moyes' You Before Me, I had high expectations. This story was frustrating and a bit unrealistic. But by the end, I was hooked.
Jojo Moyes delivers again! Great story about pursuing one's dreams, love and loss, finding one's way, persevering against the odds and faith in humanity restored. It's clear that Jojo Moyes has a background with horses but did a great deal of study into the classic and extraordinary movements of battlefield dressage. Moyes perfectly describes the bond between horse and rider and I loved the Quotes from Xenophon (on Horsemanship circa 345 BC) that began each chapter. Many of us are familiar with the Lipizzaners of the famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna. The French version has a military base and is known as the the Cadre Noir. The movements, scenes and interactions are so well written, I felt as though I were right inside the story experiencing everything first hand. I couldn't stop listening! There is a truly fabulous mix in the cast of characters and the narration is really excellent.
best I've listened to
No I have not, listened to any others, I shall now do so. She narrated brilliantly
You know, it is difficult to choose. The book is brilliant
I was sad when it ended , thinking, how am I going to find another like this
This book was very beach-ready. I expected it to focus more on the horse but it turned out to be a sweet, melodramatic family drama. Entertaining. Being a horse fan will definitely keep you going through it, but is not a prerequisite. A bit slow to get started, but it quickly picked up.
The fantastic writing of Jo Jo Moyes. Always flawless and this book is no exception.
Her beautiful accent. Fantastic performance
YES! Could not stop listening. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
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.
"Not her best work"
No, I found it a little hard to believe that the star of the show could be capable of so much at her age.
Perhaps I would have made the child a young teen
Yes, the French accent though was a little strange in parts, otherwise a good job!
As with all of Jojo's book I must admit to shedding a tear.
This wasn't quite as CAN'T PUT THIS ONE DOWN as some of her others
I found most of the characters unlikeable and the plot unbelievable. The idea behind the story was good, but the telling of it was poorly executed. It would be impossible for an unfit horse to do manage half of what it went through in the book.
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