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The Horse Dancer | [Jojo Moyes]

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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    Pat Naples, FL, United States 04-13-12
    Pat Naples, FL, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved it!"
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    I was hooked after the first chapter. Julia Franklin did a great job with the narration. I would especially recommend the book to teen girls, mothers of teen girls and anyone who loves horses. The book has many story lines beyond the girl and her horse, though.

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    Patricia Worthy 03-15-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Story...wonderfully performed"
    What made the experience of listening to The Horse Dancer the most enjoyable?

    The characters with their strengths and flaws were interesting. I wanted to know them and cared about what was happening to them. The history and information that I learned about riding and horses was a major plus for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one favorite......loved all the characters.


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

    Great performance as expected


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The most exhilarating scene for me was when the girl was being menaced by the boys. I found myself cheering as the girl and her horse made their escape.


    Any additional comments?

    I love JoJo Moyes work....can't get enough of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jen Petersburg, KY, United States 06-28-11
    Jen Petersburg, KY, United States 06-28-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Extremely well-written, great dressage details"

    With dressage the third most popular horse activity in the US, there are lots of us to appreciate this well written, carefully crafted novel. Unpredictable, believeable, bringing Endland's backstreet neighborhoods to life and evidencing the author's accurate riding knowledge, this book will be thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who's ridden or studied dressage. Ranks right up with Water for Elephants.

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    Lyne 06-09-11
    Lyne 06-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing"

    I quit listening to the book after the sexual abuse scene - not entertaining...just gross.

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    Frank AMERICAN CANYON, CA, United States 02-23-11
    Frank AMERICAN CANYON, CA, United States 02-23-11
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    "okay"

    it takes a little time to start to like it. kinda slow in the beginning. and it's based out of london so it' would be better if you had been to london so you could picture how it might be set up, where the girl rides her horse ect - how far she rides - that kind of thing. the narrator also has an english acent. but is easy to understand it just takes time to get used to it.

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    Michael Sydney, Australia 11-15-10
    Michael Sydney, Australia 11-15-10 Member Since 2007

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Good book"

    Not the type of book I tend to read or listen to, but I am glad I did. Teenagers, horses, sick French grandfathers and lawyers with a photographer thrown in, what else could you want? Actually, I think Jojo Moyes is an excellent contemporary writer and I love her style. For horse lovers, you will love it, for female story lines, I think it is great. The photographer ex husband could of been a little more developed. His heart of gold is a little old hat.

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    Cornelia Nuvilly, Switzerland 11-14-10
    Cornelia Nuvilly, Switzerland 11-14-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A journey towards love and communication"

    A great book that describes the complexity of human relationships, miscommunication, the challenge of being authentic and live our deepest dreams and a horse that creates the glue for all the different elements with elegance, presence and defying gravity.
    I discovered that classical riding is very close to the horse whisperer technics thanks to the quotations of xenophone and the story about the "Cadre de Saumur" - amazing.
    I was totally charmed and could not stop listening.

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    Deborah Gainesville, TX, United States 09-19-10
    Deborah Gainesville, TX, United States 09-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book for horse lovers"

    I bought this book based on the reviews, because usually books about horses are disappointing. Not this one! I loved the characters, the narration, and especially the details about horses, dressage and the "airs" that were accurate and real. The characters are real and developed, and I enjoyed them all. Highly recommend this one!

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    lisa metairie, LA, United States 09-04-11
    lisa metairie, LA, United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2006
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    "I really enjoyed the horse dancer"
    Would you listen to The Horse Dancer again? Why?

    The horse dancer was very good, a fresh story with good narration....I will be on the lookout for the next book by Jojo Moyes.


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