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
One of the best novels I've read that truly gets at the heart of the love of developing a relationship with a horse. The human story is also enthralling with all the nuances of longterm relationships. I loved this story. I listened to it on a 7 hour car ride there and back and then some. I'm sorry it's over.
A bit of a slow start but excellent once you get going. Well worth the read. I liked it very much.
Great story line. Engaging story. Splendid narrator. Recommend highly.
The bridging of both eras. The strength of the characters and the power of hope
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.
Absolutely. I am on the road a minimum of 3 hours a day. I would find myself getting off the highway an exit after mine and driving through town so I could listen to more.
I have listened to over 30 books in the last year and this rates in the top 5. Excellent story, excellent narrator. Cannot say enough good about it. Listen or read--it is a good one.
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.
"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.
"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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