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The Horse Dancer Audiobook

The Horse Dancer

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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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    Kari Teresa 08-19-16
    Kari Teresa 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Phenomenal!!!!"

    This book took me by surprise. JoJo Moyes write a beautiful story with accurate details and a phenomenal ending. This is probably the best book I have purchased in 2016. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good story about horses and he loves a good story.

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    Sharon prater 07-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't miss this one!"

    The journey I traveled while reading this book was an absolute joy! I didn't want to stop reading, yet I dreaded the ride's ending. Now that it has, I know I will just listen to it again sometime and enjoy it all over again!

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    Margo 07-21-16
    Margo 07-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Unusual, compelling and heartwarming"

    I truly enjoyed this novel. As always Jo Jo Moyes takes you to a new place and a new experience.

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    Cari 06-17-16
    Cari 06-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this book!"
    What did you love best about The Horse Dancer?

    The relationship between Sarah and her beloved horse touched my heart. I am a horse lover and a horse owner and understand the lengths this sad child went through to protect him. The description of the training was so precise and yet understandable to the non- horse person. I love that people who do not spend their days with horses can come to understand even a tiny bit of what goes into true horsemanship.


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    Pam 05-30-16
    Pam 05-30-16
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    "Total enjoyment"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Listened to it all in one day. I guess I'm not as particular as other reviewers as I enjoyed the narrator and wasn't bothered by accents. The author painted a very visual picture of all the characters including the horse. As I am a horse lover and love the art of dressage, I enjoyed the emphasis on the quotes from Xenophon. The were an integral part of the book. Also loved the emphasis on photography and the descriptions of the important photos throughout the book. The twists and turns had just the right amount of frustration and resolution. Loved the ending and epilogue!

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    donna 05-29-16
    donna 05-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "AWSOME"

    I own horses and this story hit the pit of my heart! For anyone that owns or wants a horse, please read it. The narration at the beginning was a bit difficult to understand due to the accents but hang in there and you will not want to put it down.

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    SUSAN 05-27-16
    SUSAN 05-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great book by Jojo Moyes"

    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.

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    Bonnie 02-21-16
    Bonnie 02-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "a fun listen"

    well written in a sweet way easy to understand interesting characters not too much detail but just enough a light fun story to listen to would recommend

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    peistuff 02-19-16
    peistuff 02-19-16
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    "a little whiny in places"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 02-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Healing with Horses"

    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

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  • Neil
    8/17/15
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    "Really good"

    This book kept me interested and wanting to know more right to the verry end

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  • Lynda
    7/26/15
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    "brilliant"
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    This was the first of Jo Jo Moyes books that I have read and it was fantastic. It took a little while to get going but totally addictive after that!!

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  • Lindsay Roberts
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    7/22/15
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    "Good listen, pulls you in."
    Where does The Horse Dancer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About 6/10 of the books I have listened too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The strong young girl, who is main character


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

    Very good narration


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria Hulland
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    6/28/15
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    "Amazing, emotional, unexpected."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it's just such a fantastic story.


    What does Julia Franklin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Brilliant understanding of each character although she could do with working on her men's voices.


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

    Oh yes, I laughed several times. I shouted at my phone hundreds of times at the characters lack of communication with each other making their circumstances worse and I cried real tears into the bolognese I was cooking at the ending. Didn't expect to like it but one of the best books I've found in a long time!


    Any additional comments?

    A slow start, despite knowing it had a slow start I still almost gave up but give it a couple of chapters and you'll find yourself invested in the characters well being without even being able to pinpoint when you started to care!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    6/14/15
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    "Enjoyable story. Which kept you interested & wanting to know more about the character."

    Love Jojo Moyes books & this story didn't disappoint. Will recommend for summer holiday read to my " horsey " friend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynda Brisbane
    6/4/15
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    "Enjoyable"

    Even though I am middle aged I really enjoyed this easy listening book.. I have always loved horses which helped..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • pamela
    5/30/15
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    "Magical excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to The Horse Dancer the most enjoyable?

    A good story from start to finish you are willing the girl and the horse to go and triumphant


    What did you like best about this story?

    this story has the good the bad and the ugly


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

    the girl


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    if you love animals this is a good book for you

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blackwolf
    5/1/15
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    "One of the best books I have ever read"
    If you could sum up The Horse Dancer in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing Must Read


    Any additional comments?

    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 .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G
    BLANDFORD FORUM, United Kingdom
    4/29/15
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    "A gripping read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    I don't really know of one


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

    Cowboy John and Natasha


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

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L. J. West
    Surrey, UK
    4/28/15
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    "Brilliant"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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