©1995 Nicholas Evans; (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
The book was actually riveting. The writing was smooth, tense and consistently high quality. the characters were real and full. I was so anxious to see the movie, but what a flop. So, if you loved the movie.... you'll go crazy with the real, undiluted, story of love and family and, by the way, horses. If you saw the movie, try hard to forget it and replace that memory with what you hear!
I put off purchasing this book because of the movie - I shouldn't have, it was excellent. The narrator was a perfect choice for this book - (I also enjoyed his reading of The Green Mile). The book covered the gambit of emotions and was well written, the descriptions made you feel like you were there, and, if you love horses and/or love stories, you will really appreciate this book.
It's hard to say what I loved best. I guess it just swept me up. A mothers drive to heal the wounds of the family ( including her own). The ''horse whisperer'' tom is based on an actually man ( still alive ) today who does horse therapy so to speak. He does therapy for the horses as well as the riders. I suppose the notion and romantic situation caught me up. The story was touching, heart breaking and sweet. I guess it was simple well written cowboy love story with a twist.
The story was excellent, the performance nonpareil. This is one of the few books that compares favorably in term of story and performance to "The Prince of Tides" (also performed by Frank Muller)
I read the book years ago when I myself used many of those techniques with my own horses. Then the movie came out at the time I liked the book better. But now many years later and much older, I like the movie best. But either book or movie you won't be disappointed.
About modern and old fashion love in contrast with the morals and the pit falls of human desire and aloneness
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