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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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    Nadine Hauklund MN, USA 11-17-15
    Nadine Hauklund MN, USA 11-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    Wonderful reader, wonderful story. Laura Hillenbrand is a treasurer. Detailed, moving, exciting, and full. Without much knowledge of horses in general, and racing specifically, I learned a lot, too. A must-listen!

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    KENNETH B MOSS 11-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    I really enjoyed listening to this wonderful book - it kept me engaged and I could not stop listening

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    Ann Marie 10-27-15
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    "I recommend the book to everyone."

    The story was sweet and bittersweet. I was engrossed from beginning to end. The telling of the story is thrilling.

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    Ramoncita 10-20-15
    Ramoncita 10-20-15
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    Enjoyed this book immensely! You won't be disappointed!!!!!! Amazing story! Good narration! A favorite book!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Danny E Sieg New England 10-11-15
    Danny E Sieg New England 10-11-15 Member Since 2016

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    "SeaBiscuit "An American Champion""

    A moving biography of a great race horse. I've been aware of SeaBiscuit since my days in grammar school, but not the interesting details about a classic athlete's capture of an entire nation. Enjoyable Audible listening selection.

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    Debbie 10-06-15
    Debbie 10-06-15
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    If you could sum up Seabiscuit in three words, what would they be?

    A total surprise.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I "should" read this book so I'd understand the references. To my surprise, I loved it. The story is great and the historical picture that is painted was really interesting.

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    Linda L Webb 09-28-15 Member Since 2009

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    "great tale"
    What made the experience of listening to Seabiscuit the most enjoyable?

    I had heard of Seabiscuit but had not real knowledge of the accomplishments of the horse and the people who helped make him a legend


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about the life of racehorses, owners and jockeys.


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

    no. It took a long time to listen to all of it. Very well written and performed


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    Terri 09-13-15
    Terri 09-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Bravo, Laura Hillenbrand!"
    What did you love best about Seabiscuit?

    Laura Hillenbrand has a way with words and a way of developing her characters that keeps your earphones glued to your head! Such a talented writer.


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    Patricia 08-17-15
    Patricia 08-17-15
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    "Breathtaking"

    A true cliff hanger, a fabulous rendition
    Of a wonderful group of characters from the grooms sneaking food
    To the dieting horse to the owner so
    Nervous it takes 4 matches to light his
    Cigarette, to the rough treatment of
    The jockeys, agony of rain, the decision to scratch the horse, the inside workings of horse racing, the timings, the records, the amount of the winnings, and, of course, the races!
    I felt as though I was part of the
    Thousands listening to the radio broadcast of the races.
    Great Horse ~ Great Book ~Great Voice

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    julie 07-30-15
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    the narrator for this
    ook really made this book come alive. there were parts that made me laugh out loud. learned a lot about horse racing..

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