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The Horse Dancer Audiobook

The Horse Dancer

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.
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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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    Julie Vero Beach, FL, United States 07-24-15
    Julie Vero Beach, FL, United States 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Intriguing story - not just for horse lovers!"

    Great story- and made even better by the epilogue. Liked the narrator's voice. Am now a Jo Jo Moyes fan!

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    lalatrue 07-20-15
    lalatrue 07-20-15
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    "not the usual Jojo Moyes"
    What would have made The Horse Dancer better?

    The story is too unrealistic - a divorcing couple taking a teenager to the house they are about to sell, a selfish ex-husband who suddenly acts caring and responsible, a caring and responsible woman who suddenly acts selfish and hysterical. And a teen girl with a brain of 6 y.o. (main problem of the story, just too dumb). I did not like anyone in this book because they were all too grotesque. Not a single positive character in this book,even a horse was bad-tempered.


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    KAS VERNON, TX United States 06-18-15
    KAS VERNON, TX United States 06-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A great story!"

    I really enjoyed this story it shows how a lack of communication can be so detrimental in any kind of relationship!

    I was not fond of the male narrators. They should use a man rather them disguise a women's voice. It made Mack sound unpleasant.

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    Terri O'Brien 06-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "If you have ever had a horse..."
    If you could sum up The Horse Dancer in three words, what would they be?

    Two love stories


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love for a horse


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending!


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

    Yes, listened to it twice.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this author and this one is my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 06-03-15
    Patricia 06-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Training horses"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah L Ambrose Long Valley, NJ United States 05-17-15
    Deborah L Ambrose Long Valley, NJ United States 05-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story"

    A bit of a slow start but excellent once you get going. Well worth the read. I liked it very much.

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    Christina Carter 05-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story!"

    I liked this a lot. It was quite serious, not a fun chick-lit book at all. But it was a solid story and very interesting.

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    TriniSALE 04-22-15
    TriniSALE 04-22-15
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    "One of the BEST books I have listened to. Ever!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Horse Dancer the most enjoyable?

    Great story line. Engaging story. Splendid narrator. Recommend highly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Horse Dancer?

    The bridging of both eras. The strength of the characters and the power of hope


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    Catherine 03-02-15
    Catherine 03-02-15
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    "Two boxes of tissues, minimum!"

    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.

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    Sherry 12-05-14
    Sherry 12-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely excellent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Horse Dancer to be better than the print version?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Vicky
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    7/9/14
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    "Good listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Horse Dancer the most enjoyable?

    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.


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  • Katie Ford
    Guildford
    7/7/14
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    "Painfully cliched with awful narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different story, different author and different narrator....


    What didn’t you like about Julia Franklin’s performance?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It did eventually finish, that was it's only redeeming feature. That and Audible's Good Listen Guarantee


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Denise Angela Robinson
    5/17/14
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    "A compelling storey"
    Where does The Horse Dancer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Defiantly near the top! I usually go for crime thrillers but this was so refreshing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Horse Dancer?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Franklin – was your favourite?

    The Cowboy, he was excellent!


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Le P
    GUERNSEY, United Kingdom
    2/18/14
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    "Determination is important"
    If you could sum up The Horse Dancer in three words, what would they be?

    Empowering, triumphant, sad


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

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Franklin – was your favourite?

    Sarah


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes - quite melancholy - but ever so normal and engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • A. Gripenstedt
    Berkshire, Surrey
    1/19/14
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Mac
    Scotland
    1/10/14
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    "Loved this book"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Bournemouth, UK
    12/3/13
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    "Horse Lovers!"
    Would you listen to The Horse Dancer again? Why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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!


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

    Towards the end I just wanted to sit for hours and find out what happened! It was a little slow to start though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cath
    11/7/13
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    "Predictable"
    What disappointed you about The Horse Dancer?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    10/12/13
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    "Great story"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gwyneth
    Palma de Mallorca
    10/3/13
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    "Not her best work"
    Would you listen to The Horse Dancer again? Why?

    No, I found it a little hard to believe that the star of the show could be capable of so much at her age.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Perhaps I would have made the child a young teen


    Did Julia Franklin do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Yes, the French accent though was a little strange in parts, otherwise a good job!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As with all of Jojo's book I must admit to shedding a tear.


    Any additional comments?

    This wasn't quite as CAN'T PUT THIS ONE DOWN as some of her others

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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