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.
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.
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.
Get a different narrator - one who knows how real Americans actually speak. This one was the most ridiculous narrator I've ever heard!
Get a new narrator!
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.
This book isn't a "how to" book, it's a parable, with lessons told in the form of stories.
I'll be buying more of this author's books. Any one who teaches any being, including self teaching -- will benefit from this book.
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.
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.
It has to be the Old Man. One-of-a-kind.
Everything! I'm on my third listen. He brought the words to life. His voice fit perfectly and his accents were great.
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.
This book is a must for all horse lovers and trainers.
Leading with the heart
Very good pointers for life in general....make others feel safe..do we have a duty to protect our attackers?
The book itself is interesting and I might have liked the story even more if it wasn't for the narration that fell flat. Over pronunciation and delivering jokes as if they were dry facts made this book painful to listen to.
The content might well have been fantastic but the reader is stilted, uninteresting and reads like a child learning how to sound out syllables. I wish there was a way to get a refund for this audible book so I can buy the Kindle version and read it.
Reads like a 6 yr old child by sounding out syllables with no expression or natural flow. Painful to listen to.
Wish I could get a refund as I couldn't get through this without wanting to pull my hair out. Seriously!.
Several reviewers have derided the narrator but I have listened to all of Rashid's books along with almost 40 others books over the last two years and I enjoyed him. I had to keep reminding myself that he was not the author. He makes it feel personal, like he talking to me not reading a book.
I try to alternate listening to a history book, a self help book and a personal pleasure book. This series is all three. Above all, Rashid reminds me and reinforces just why I love horses. They bring grace, beauty, and companionship. Thru Rashid I have learned to listen to my horses more. I agree with him that they are trying to communicate with us. Owning a horse is a special duty. We expect things from the horse but we also own them a reciprocating duty. Whenever I have a horse "problem", I think, "what would Rashid do "?
Growing up I also had a very influential man in my life. He was my scoutmaster and in his later years we called him "The old man". Hence, I share Rashid's fond memories of that non-parental adult who helped us become who we are today.
Rashid brings me closer to my horses. He has made me a better horseman. But above all, he just makes me feel good about owning a horse. And he reminds me of the obligations I owe the horse. These gentle giants just warm our souls. I can think of no time when I am happier or more at peace than in my barn. The aroma is sweet to me. And I can picture Rashid standing along side me, his storytelling is this open and personal. I have recommended his books to my non-horse owning friends. It is just a good read.
Horses Never Lie is an incredible, and enlightening story read by Dan Lawson, a reader with the fluency of a first grader. It's obvious he has no prior knowledge of the subject, and so many common words are mispronounced, I wondered if the producer was even listening most of the time.
Someone who knows how to read
It's a fabulous story about gaining the trust and understanding of a horse
It is a testament to this author that I wanted to hear his valuable insights in spite of the horrible narration. Narrator must have thought he was reading to a small child (the worst narration of any audio book I have heard in the past 6 years). I still shudder when I think about it. My thanks to Mark Rashid, but please redo this wonderful book with a different narrator - it deserves better.
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