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Horses Never Lie, 2nd Edition Audiobook

Horses Never Lie, 2nd Edition: The Heart of Passive Leadership

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Narrator Dan Lawson's tenor voice has a naturally affable quality, and his performance of Horses Never Lie expressively conveys the friendly wisdom behind renowned horse trainer Mark Rashid's methods and philosophy. Rashid's experiences with horses are narrated in a companionable manner, and his techniques in cultivating passive leadership with horses are easy to understand. Lawson does not overemphasize the audiobook's lessons, choosing to apply Rashid's maxim that the best way to guide is to let horses - or, in this case, listeners - figure things out on their own.

Publisher's Summary

A revolutionary approach to the techniques of working with horses, by a renowned instructor.

In Horses Never Lie, renowned horse trainer Mark Rashid challenges the conventional wisdom of "alpha leadership" and teaches the listener to become a "passive leader" - a counterpart to the kind of horse other members of a herd choose to associate with and to follow. Applying Rashid’s principles and techniques helps cultivate horse personalities that are responsive and dependable regardless of the rider. Reliving Rashid’s experiences with him, you will come to feel the same sort of compassion and appreciation for your horses that you do for the people in your life. This new edition features added introductory notes for each chapter that contribute to a more complete understanding of Rashid’s methods and philosophy.

©1993, 2010 Mark Rashid (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Nancy Garden Grove, CA, United States 02-18-14
    Nancy Garden Grove, CA, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator ruins the book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No! Because the narration was so terrible (Dan Lawson sounded like he had either just learned English or was speaking to Kindergarten children) that I had wished I had bought the book to read instead of listed to. It makes me leery of listening to other books by Mark Rashid even though the Narrators are different. The information contained in the book was good however.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dan Lawson?

    John Pruden


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

    No


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julia 02-24-13
    Julia 02-24-13 Member Since 2006
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    "First, determine whether your animal is a Horse."
    Would you listen to Horses Never Lie, 2nd Edition again? Why?

    I'll be listening to this again and again. I'm a dog lover and grew up with horses. horses have "prey minds" dogs have "hunter minds" but the relationship between people and their animals has a lot of similarities. Listening to this book brought back the best of my history with horses and from there the author added a lot to think about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book isn't a "how to" book, it's a parable, with lessons told in the form of stories.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be buying more of this author's books. Any one who teaches any being, including self teaching -- will benefit from this book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    APmama26 CA 01-13-14
    APmama26 CA 01-13-14
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    "Wonderful book - horrible narrator!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Horses Never Lie, 2nd Edition the most enjoyable?

    I've never written a review for Audible but felt I had to because I'm so disgusted with their choice of narrators for thus book. First off, I absolutely LOVE this book and this author. I'd never heard of Mark Rashid until purchasing this book and after only a couple chapters I liked his writing and his message so much that I immediately bought his other books. I'm a huge fan of Parelli but now I think I might like MR better. Everything he says about horses is spot on in my book, as well as what he says about most "professional trainers". I recently adopted a rescue horse that was starved and abused by her former owners and I think MR books will be invaluable in helping me with her.

    But as to the narration, is is the most awful narration I've ever listened to in my life, and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. It sounds like the narrator is trying to be "over the top proper" but it comes off SOO irritating!! Every "a" and "the" and every other syllable is pronounced "perfectly" and he speaks SOOOO SLOOOWLY - which is enough to drive me batty! No one really talks like that! No one, and certainly not an old "cowboy" horse trainer, so it's even more ridiculous considering the book he's reading! And this guy obviously has never even been around horses because he REALLY butchers any horse- related vocabulary. If you're going to narrate a book you could at least become familiar with the subject matter and vocabulary!

    In fact, it sounds like this guy isn't even really familiar with ENGLISH. It sounds like he studied English through a phonics program, but never actually listened to any real live Americans speaking it. As a result he comes off sounding more like a computer generated voice than a real person. It's so bad that I finally had to stop listening to the narration and just read the book myself. His narration was actually distracting me so much I couldn't pay attention to the book, and it's too good a book to miss. Adding narration to the book was a total waste of money, however. I will definitely be more careful in the future and review the narration before I buy it and I will NEVER buy a book narrated by this guy again! He needs to find a new career - one that doesn't involve speaking.

    PS It's not that I have a problem with "proper English" at all - I'm usually a stickler for it, and my favorite narrators are British, who speak a lot more properly than most American narrators. But this guy is an American who seems to have no grasp of how his fellow Americans speak, and it comes off sounding ridiculous, condescending and annoying.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a different narrator - one who knows how real Americans actually speak. This one was the most ridiculous narrator I've ever heard!


    Any additional comments?

    Get a new narrator!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Hansen Eden Prairie, MN, US 05-13-16
    Melissa Hansen Eden Prairie, MN, US 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Horrible Narrator"

    This is such an excellent book, in spite of the narrator. If you're going to narrate a book with language you're unfamiliar with, ASK SOMEONE how to pronounce each unfamiliar word. This is your JOB. Ugh...save your money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Lynn 05-08-15
    Julie Lynn 05-08-15
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    "Robotic reading"

    The content of this book was valuable! But the stiff robotic reading aloud of the words was HORRIBLE!! Did a computer or a person read this? Many words were mispronounced like dressage. Phrasing of sentences was non existent. I almost couldn't stand to listen to this recording! Unacceptable!!!!! 😩😥

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 04-30-15
    Angela 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, awkward narrator"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book, but I felt that the narrator did a shoddy job of living up to the feeling that Mark Rashid had put into his book. Dan Lawson's narration makes the book sound as though it is written by a young, inexperienced person, not an older midwestern gentleman and rancher. For some reason this caused some of the verbiage to sound really jarring and as though the words were badly chosen, when obviously it is just how Mark Rashid speaks and thinks. For instance, Rashid talks about his adult children, which Lawson sounds too young to have.

    The narration aside, I felt it was a very good book for horse lovers to read, whether you are into training or not. It also can be seen as a book for leaders in general, as an allegory for how much it can benefit a leader of horses or people to be calm, predictable, and reliable. Rashid explains how the relationship between horses and people can be, and he clearly has a greater insight into horse body language than the average person. In the book he talks about how horses generally want to please - they are social creatures. He also mentions a very important point, which runs as a theme throughout the book - horses are designed to expend as little energy as necessary in order to survive when a predator comes. A horse that seems lazy really is just being smart, from his perspective.

    All in all, a good book, which I definitely recommend if you love horses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joclyn Burbank, CA 03-25-13
    Joclyn Burbank, CA 03-25-13
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    "Wonderful! Exhilirating!"
    What made the experience of listening to Horses Never Lie, 2nd Edition the most enjoyable?

    Mark is such an amazing trainer. I was supposed to hear him speak in person awhile back and missed the opportunity. I was captivated from the very first chapter. The narration was excellent; clear and moving.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be the Old Man. One-of-a-kind.


    What about Dan Lawson’s performance did you like?

    Everything! I'm on my third listen. He brought the words to life. His voice fit perfectly and his accents were great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved several times. It was amazing to learn how the Old Man would take a horse that everyone had given up on and through simple patience and understanding, allow the horse to blossom.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must for all horse lovers and trainers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-13-16
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    "horrible narration excellent book"

    narration should have been done by author or by someone who knows horses and vocabulary of the equestrian world. Worst robotic narration on audible to date! However.... Rashid's content is so important that i got through it.

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    Trishk 05-01-16
    Trishk 05-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book - but oh, that narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Horses Never Lie, 2nd Edition the most enjoyable?

    This is the third Mark Rashid book I've listened to and so far none of the narrators has been anyone I'd ever listen to again. I love the books, but really! This narrator pronounces "a" with a long "a" every single time. Does anyone actually do that? I can get used to it (barely), but then he'll mispronounce a word so blatantly that I lose the sense of the sentence.

    As to the book itself, I love it, and I think Mr. Rashid deserves a better narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Dan Lawson’s performance?

    Pretty much everything. Mechanical with very little feeling.


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    T. Sperling OH 04-21-16
    T. Sperling OH 04-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Glad I stuck with it"

    This was not my favorite narration, nothing against the narrator but it was so different than the first two Rashid audiobooks that it made it hard to stick with. I think the biggest thing that will stick with me from this book is the chapter on "finding the try". Thanks Mark, for giving us a great deal to think about!

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    "terrible narration but love mark's book "

    The narration is dire but I love mark's books so I can overlook it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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