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 have enjoyed every book she had written, but I think this one is my favorite. The only problem is that I came to the end of it and now need to find something equally good to listen to. The narrator was excellent as well.
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.
A good story from start to finish you are willing the girl and the horse to go and triumphant
this story has the good the bad and the ugly
if you love animals this is a good book for you
"One of the best books I have ever read"
Amazing Must Read
This is definitely one of the best books I have ever read or listened to.I normally read crime or thriller books ,although I have an interest in horses it gripped me from the beginning very descriptive I could have almost be there .The most moving part was in the hospital room when the photos were placed round the room lovely .
"A gripping read"
Yes I would. JoJo Moyes always writes an epic story and this was no exception. It had so many different angles in it with Sara the main character (and the horse Boo of course!) being at the centre of it all.
I don't really know of one
Cowboy John and Natasha
There were so many moving moments in this book but particularly I would say when Sara was determined to leave her horse in France but didn't have the confidence at that time to tell Natasha and Mack why
I love all Jojo Moyes' books, they are all so different from each other. I have no affinity with horses but I could really feel the love Sara had for her amazing horse. It was a book with a real feel good factor at the end.
Was sceptical as to whether I'd enjoy this book but it was great, undulating with heart pounding moments.
Really enjoyed living in another world whilst listening to this book.
"sorry not for me "
Did not enjoy , I got cross . wanted to hit leading females :-(.
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.
"Painfully cliched with awful narration"
A different story, different author and different narrator....
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.
It did eventually finish, that was it's only redeeming feature. That and Audible's Good Listen Guarantee
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.
"A compelling storey"
Defiantly near the top! I usually go for crime thrillers but this was so refreshing.
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.
The Cowboy, he was excellent!
"Determination is important"
Empowering, triumphant, sad
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.
Yes - quite melancholy - but ever so normal and engaging.
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.
"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
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