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
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.
One of the best novels I've read that truly gets at the heart of the love of developing a relationship with a horse. The human story is also enthralling with all the nuances of longterm relationships. I loved this story. I listened to it on a 7 hour car ride there and back and then some. I'm sorry it's over.
A bit of a slow start but excellent once you get going. Well worth the read. I liked it very much.
Great story line. Engaging story. Splendid narrator. Recommend highly.
The bridging of both eras. The strength of the characters and the power of hope
This book was SOOOOOOOO good!
At first I was impatient for the author to finish getting all of the characters on the stage so that something would start happening. The characters were all so emotionally dishonest and closed off and everyone was in such sad places.
Then when all the characters did start interacting with each other, the drama got even more heartbreaking!
So why am I recommending this tear jerker of a story? Because it was so GOOD. The characters were great, the emotional tension was taught, the worlds we were introduced to (both the urban stable yard and the French riding academy) were exotic and previously unknown to me.
Julie Franklin communicated the action and drama very well, but the voice she created for Mack was a little coarse and did not lend itself to Mack's tender moments. I probably would have preferred a younger sounding reader, but I certainly enjoyed the story as Franklin performed it.
Absolutely. I am on the road a minimum of 3 hours a day. I would find myself getting off the highway an exit after mine and driving through town so I could listen to more.
I have listened to over 30 books in the last year and this rates in the top 5. Excellent story, excellent narrator. Cannot say enough good about it. Listen or read--it is a good one.
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
"Loved this book"
I don't think you need to like horses to enjoy this book, but as I'm into classical riding and horses in general, the cover and premise drew me in.
I wanted to slap some sense into some of the characters at times, which just proves they're believable, I suppose.
Not a romance, not a coming of age, not a horse story - but a combination of all three. Recommended.
I wouldn't listen to it again, but I don't generally, there are too many other great books out there! I would recommend it to horse lovers though.
This is the first Julia Franklin performance I listen to. She reads the narrative well but some of the voices are not how I imagine the characters to be, for example the two main male characters have quite a strong London accent, like the local lad down the pub, but the main female character has a 'posher' accent and somehow they don't work quite as well together!
Towards the end I just wanted to sit for hours and find out what happened! It was a little slow to start though.
This book just didn't work for me. It's a shame but I found the narrative very predictable and long-winded. This was't helped by the shallow characterisation. I just didn't believe in or empathise with Tash, Sara or Mac. Because of this it was hard to really care about what happened to them.
It's a big ask to get all the accents right - English, French, American, child, adult, male and female! Some were better than others.
It's not often that I find a book disappointing, but unlike many of the other reviewers, this one isn't for me.
I loved this story as I was one of the girls whom Horses saved. At times it felt a little bit too incredulous and also it seemed to drag a bit in parts and a little predictable also. However, this did not stop me being hooked and desperate to hear what happens next. It is another triumph by Jo Jo Moyes and I thank her for dedicating the book to a particular group of girls, of which I was one.
"Not her best work"
No, I found it a little hard to believe that the star of the show could be capable of so much at her age.
Perhaps I would have made the child a young teen
Yes, the French accent though was a little strange in parts, otherwise a good job!
As with all of Jojo's book I must admit to shedding a tear.
This wasn't quite as CAN'T PUT THIS ONE DOWN as some of her others
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