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
“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)
The narrator was easy to listen to. There were times I was so into the race I could feel the excitement and times I felt tears forming. If you have a love for animals I think you will enjoy this true story.
After being totally sucked in to Unbroken (I listened to the whole thing over three days), I expected to be similarly thrilled by Seabiscuit. Alas, I was bored. It wasn't the story-telling; it was me. To enjoy this book, you really have to be interested in horses, and I'm not.
I thought this was an incredible story and well written. It's become one of my favorites and I'm sure I'll listen to it again. I thought the narration was perfect for this type of story.
Well, duh! The horse.
An exciting story told in all it's detail. If you liked Unbroken, as pretty much everyone did, you can expect a similar pleasure.
The story and narration fully entrancing. Don't know how Hillenbrand did it, but kept me at full attentiveness through entire book. Thorough, engaging. Descriptions of Seabiscuit, owners, riders, horses, races, scenes, historical times - all perfect!. Learned much about not just Seabiscuit but horse racing, the sport during those times, and horses.
Can't compare to others. Unique.
One of the best narrators ever! Excellent enthusiasm, seriousness, emphasis, sentence and paragraph breaks. Felt like I was at a storyteller's convention. He was superb!
This would be a good read in book form, but it's a MUST Audible book!
The races themselves. Literally sat on the edge of my seat during each one. Felt like I was at the race. As enthusiatically engaging as current Triple Crown endeavors. Loved it!. Found it hard to stop listening to do other things.
Would put in my Top 10 Favorite Books list. Parents were married in 1937. This book particularly highlighted the Thirties which made book even more enjoyable. Kudos to Laura Hillenbrand! Would read anything she writes! Seabiscuit is a must read and makes a perfect Audible read! Thanks, Laura!
Amazing story. Great writing. Wonderful narrator. Loved every single minute of it.
Unbroken because it is also by Hillenbrand and an amazing true story.
Edge of my seat
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