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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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    S. covely Durham, NC USA 06-28-13
    S. covely Durham, NC USA 06-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not what I expected, but still good"

    This book was very beach-ready. I expected it to focus more on the horse but it turned out to be a sweet, melodramatic family drama. Entertaining. Being a horse fan will definitely keep you going through it, but is not a prerequisite. A bit slow to get started, but it quickly picked up.

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    Jeff N. Thurman Joplin, MO, United States 04-15-13
    Jeff N. Thurman Joplin, MO, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Beautiful!"
    What did you love best about The Horse Dancer?

    The fantastic writing of Jo Jo Moyes. Always flawless and this book is no exception.


    What about Julia Franklin’s performance did you like?

    Her beautiful accent. Fantastic performance


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

    YES! Could not stop listening. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!


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    Angel 11-20-12
    Angel 11-20-12
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    "Unrelenting trauma followed by a Disney ending"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    You'll need to enjoy unrelenting trauma unbroken by any moments of calm in which to catch your breath.


    Has The Horse Dancer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    If this genre is "drama", then yes. If this genre is "horse stories", then it's has increased my wariness which was already pretty elevated.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator did a good job with accents.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Horse Dancer?

    This is best read in print so that you can skim through approximately 80% of the book. It only became interesting in the last 5 hours, and that should have been abridged as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I've teetered towards buying this book for the last year and was swayed by the positive reviews. I really should have trusted my instincts. But I really hoped it was going to be one of those books that you are leery of and which after reading you wish that you'd read it sooner. It wasn't.

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    Carolina Kat Charlotte, NC 11-19-12
    Carolina Kat Charlotte, NC 11-19-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Wonderful book!"
    If you could sum up The Horse Dancer in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, heartwarming, beautiful


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

    When Susan escaped with Bouche after the street race. The descriptions were so suspenseful, I could feel myself panicking.


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

    Bouche (sorry - horse person here). At points I was disappointed with them all, probably the author's intention. Julia Franklin did an excellent job of varying tones and accents, gliding so seamlessly in conversations that it was difficult to remember that ONE person was doing all the talking.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The true test of a leader is whether his followers will adhere to his cause from their own volition, enduring the most arduous hardships without being forced to do so, and remaining steadfast in the moments of greatest peril.
    ~Xenophon


    Any additional comments?

    A beautiful story, very suspenseful, and true to both human frailty and equine nature. I loved the historical references to Xenophon, truth is ageless:
    "A horse is a thing of beauty... none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor."
    The same may be said of well-written books...

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    Barbara Johannesburg, South Africa 11-12-12
    Barbara Johannesburg, South Africa 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story of hope, grace and beauty"

    The author has a sound knowledge of her subject, and portrays the bond between horse and rider so beautifully. The book covers a wide range of emotions, and preconceived ideas that are exposed and give one reason to reconsider. Hope and understanding and unselfish love come through this book in so many unexpected ways. A great story.

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    Amazon Customer Coastal North Carolina 07-30-12
    Amazon Customer Coastal North Carolina 07-30-12
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    "I loved this book!"
    Where does The Horse Dancer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorites. It was very well narrated and engaging.


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

    There were several "cliff hangers" that kept me quite interested. The book itself was memorable. It was different than most books in that the central character was a young, talented girl in a big city with a valuable horse, and she struggled to perform the fine art of dressage while dealing with numerous losses and hardships. Her bravery and resolve were quite memorable.


    What about Julia Franklin’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to emote in British, French, and American accents.


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

    I experienced a sense of relief at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The parts about Natasha (why did the author choose that name, for crying out loud?) and Connor and Mack got a bit "old" and tiresome. There were some parts of the book that seemed a bit less than plausible, but it still made for a very good book.

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    Ann Pleasanton, TX, United States 05-29-12
    Ann Pleasanton, TX, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent book - just ended too soon!"

    Compelling story and as I am a horse owner, pleased at the accurate references to her magnificent animal and the art of riding.
    But this story is so much more than being about horses as some might suspect from the title. Excellent weaving of such diverse characters. A lesson to be learned that could apply to any of us.
    Julia Franklin is the best narrator that I have had the pleasure to listen to. She has the uncanny art of distinction between each character.
    I personally would enjoy seeing this as a movie.
    Well worth it.

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    Pat 04-13-12
    Pat 04-13-12
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    "Loved it!"
    Any additional comments?

    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
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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.

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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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