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Seabiscuit Audiobook

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

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Publisher's Summary

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit's fortunes:

Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.

Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.

©2010 Laura Hillenbrand (P)2010 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“Fascinating...Vivid... A first-rate piece of storytelling, leaving us not only with a vivid portrait of a horse but a fascinating slice of American history as well.”(The New York Times)

“Engrossing...Fast-moving...More than just a horse’s tale, because the humans who owned, trained, and rode Seabiscuit are equally fascinating.... [Hillenbrand] shows an extraordinary talent for describing a horse race so vividly that the reader feels like the rider.” (Sports Illustrated)

“Remarkable...Memorable...Just as compelling today as it was in 1938." (The Washington Post)

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    "Racing fan or not..."

    Will move you, educate you, entertain you and make you feel part of this amazing adventure and the intriguing people involved. When finished, check UTube to watch actual footage of the races. The story of Seabiscuit will stay with you for a long time. More than worth your credits.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brandie STANSBURY PARK, UT, United States 08-28-12
    Brandie STANSBURY PARK, UT, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A great listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this listen. The narrator is excellent and the story is engaging. I knew nothing of horse racing but wanted to gain a bit of knowledge before my trip to Churchill Downs. It was well worth my time.


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    CB 07-04-16
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    "Fascinating and wonderful."

    Amazing story. Wonderful insight into horseracing. Unbelievable up's and down's for horse, trainer, owner and rider. Very fun.

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    Camaree 06-20-16
    Camaree 06-20-16

    Single mom, fitness instructor as I'm finishing my Marriage/Family Therapy Masters degree

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    "LOVED"

    Few words to describe this experience. The movie pales in comparison. I was moved to tears...which is rare for me when listening to books.

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    judd 06-06-16
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    "The story is good but it's not extremely climactic"

    I enjoyed learning about Seabiscuit and his endeavors, along with his supporting cast. Nice read

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    "A great story!"

    Some very interesting characters make this horse story well worth listening to. Now I need to watch the movie.

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    Eric 05-20-16
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    "Exceptional book!"

    This was all worth the listen. I recommend it to anyone who likes feel good stories.

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    Ben and his mom 04-21-16 Member Since 2014

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    "A Tremendous Work for a Tremendous Family"

    This book and this audiobook has everything a reader can ask for: Classic Hero's Journey to the very end and for all of the major players, skilled and exciting research and storytelling (written and spoken). Should be required in history curriculum in all schools.

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    michigan 04-02-16
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    "OMG!"

    Loved this! and everything about it. Highly recommend whether or not you have any interest in horse racing. a story of courage.

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    Robert 01-03-16
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    "Simply the best"

    Laura Hildebrand has the rare gift to tell a good story while being vigilant in maintaining historic accuracy and literary grace.

    The performance is excellent and the production is flawless.

    This is a must listen and a must read.

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