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
I liked the. idea of the story but the wife was very whiney and the characters kept misunderstanding each others feelings. i had to fast forward through it to the better parts.
This novel reaches much further and deeper then a typical girl and her horse story. The author skillfully creates a story about struggle and loss. Each character quickly becomes someone you either don't like or someone you find yourself rooting on. Issues of pain and hope carry the story along keeping you wondering what might happen next. It was never predictable and it held my interest all the way to the last page. For the horse lover, there is a coming of age.story with a horseback journey through England and France that is so well written that I found myself rereading several phrases just to enjoy the the way the author would paint a picture or describe a moment. Ultimately I found this story to be about the fragile attachments we have as people stemming back into generations and how no matter how old we are that if we are honest with ourselves we can find the hope to heal
I will definitely be reading more of JoJo's books and I highly recommend "The Horse Dancer" to anyone looking for a great read. I also listened to the audio book and the narrator is spot on excellent. A perfect performance for the telling of this story
I knew what was coming and I still loved it. There wasn't a moment when I felt bored or indifferent. The characters are lovely and portrayed In a way that makes you feel like you know them. Narrator was fantastic.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Jojo Moyes has got to be one of the most talented writers in this decade. The Horse Dancer is another wonderful showcase for her formidable skills.
As always, her characters are beautifully written. Moyes skillfully develops everyone from Henri and Sarah all the way down to the peripheral administrative assistant. She also very successfully captures the personality of the horse! His quirks, loyalty and sensitivity are all right there for the reader to see. Many writers only flesh out the main characters but Jojo Moyes' writing lets you feel like you could finish this book and pick up one about the trailer driver, or the law partner. Moyes does not shy away from loss, love, mistakes, victimization, consequences, and death. It gives her stories a dose of reality while still managing to be a beautiful escape for the reader.
I loved the various horse activities that the book explores. It moves from illegal London harness racing to the topmost echelon of the dressage world and realistically depicts many finer points of riding and horsemanship. If Jojo Moyes isn't a rider, she researched the heck out of this! After I finished the book I looked up Le Cadre Noir and it truly is as amazing as she described.
On the con side, as an audiobook it gets hard to follow large chunks of dialogue that are in French. I could probably parse out the meaning if I were reading an actual book but the long spoken French scenes were disorienting and I lost the plot a little bit. I'm also skeptical that anyone could ride a horse from London to France, let alone an unaccompanied minor. Even when horses were the primary mode of transport riders stopped and got fresh horses because the trip was so hard on them. But that's the beauty of literature, you explore things that you wouldn't ordinarily consider. And one could also postulate that Sarah's horse was an exceptional horse capable of exceptional feats.
The narrator fit the story nicely and did a great job, too. (She apparently speaks French pretty well!)
No worries about using a credit on this one!
I had always loved horses growing up and I was lost in this story about a girl and her horse. JoJo Moyes takes it so much deeper. Teenage kids in trouble, no one to trust. No one to talk to. This book touched my heart. Loved it along with the six other books I have read of joJo Moyes.
Great story- and made even better by the epilogue. Liked the narrator's voice. Am now a Jo Jo Moyes fan!
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.
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.
Two love stories
The love for a horse
Yes, listened to it twice.
I love this author and this one is my favorite.
This was one of the best books I have downloaded for a while. JoJo Moyes never disappoints. Every book is different, and this is definitely one of her best. Highly recommended even if you aren't into horses.If you have read JoJos' books before then you will not be dissapointed. If you are new to her books then this is a great place to discover her.
"Relationships - families and horses"
Jojo Moyes once again draws realistic characters who have passions and foibles. This one explores human relationships and those between a girl and her horse. In this book you are drawn to Sarah and how she trains her horse in classical equitation. Whilst you are focusing and empathising with Sarah and her horse you are emotionally caught up with her home-life. Very enjoyable. My walks got longer as I wanted to know what would happen next and then of course came the downer when it had finished.
This was my second jojo moyse book and definately won't be my last.
I have little interest in horses but after a slow start this book gripped me , the characters were well formed and the story touching and satisfying.
Well-written and well-read and I enjoyed the first half. As the melodrama picked up though the plot became increasingly implausible, and the characters became increasingly silly in order to make the plot happen. Could have forgiven the plot but the characters got on my nerves until I heartily disliked all of them. Matter of taste I suppose but I barely made it to the end.
Absolutely love this book. Quite unrealistic in parts yet a very enjoyable read and definitely one to recommend.
I didn't know what to expect from this, but my pony-mad childhood came back to haunt me as I was choosing what to download next - and as so often happened in those days I made the decision because there was a nice horse on the cover. I loved it. I may not have made best friends with all the characters, but I empathised with them. One scene actually had me in tears as I was running down quite a busy road, and that's a first.
- and in fiction, I reckon a little bit of implausibility never hurt anyone...
"Amazing, heart warming story"
Loved the story, so much so that I looked up the history of the riding school and watched clips of the riders on you tube, amazing! Brilliant writing as always, love jojo moyes books. I listen on the way to and from work and she just whisks you away to other places, fantastic way to spend a journey :) can't wait to read more of her books.
Great story! Captures the real love and sacrifice between a girl and her horse.
"Gripping and un-put-downable!"
Firstly, another stunning narration by Julia Franklin. How she brings these characters to life!
For the story itself, it winds from the past to the present and back again with such clarity that you never feel unsure of which time frame you are in. The characters are just so believable and although you want to shake Sarah, anyone who has contact with a teenage girl will recognise her immediately. She could have been my truculent daughter at that age!
The ending wasn't predictable, but absolutely lovely. You will so enjoy this listen. Be prepared for additional ironing, gardening, walking or whatever you do when listening!
Thought the story was lovely and thought provoking , I love horses so was a pleasure to listen to I would recommend it
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