With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff—with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.
©2011 Maggie Stiefvater (P)2011 Scholastic Audio
I loved this audible book. I found the story mesmerizing, found myself driving several miles further than needed in order to reach a suitable stopping point within the story and longing for the work day to end in order to pick up where I had left off. I could smell and feel the brine of the ocean and the bitter grip of the wind. Thank you for the beautiful narration that fit the characters of Puck and Sean so well. One of the best stories I have had the discovery of finding in a very long time and one I will return to, time and again.
It took me forever to pick the newest book I wanted to listen to and was happy that I did. Maggie has amazing talent for description. Painting a picture, yet leaving just enough to the imagination. I liked that it wasn't a sappy love story. The only thing I thought was strange (might just be me) was that the male narrator sounds so similar to the man that narrated "The Silkworm" and "Cuckoo's calling" that if I became distracted while listening I would repeatedly think I was listening to another story.
This is possibly my newest favorite audiobook. I already loved the story - it's just my favorite, in general; but I hadn't listened to the audio version yet. It completely blew me away. My favorite characters were brought to vivid life by Fiona Hardingham and Steve West. I found myself laughing out loud at Fiona's delivery of some of my favorite Puck lines. I already know that I will find myself returning to this audiobook very often - I love love looooved it.
I don't think I could pick a favorite character; but I especially love Puck, Sean, Finn and Dory Maud.
First time listening to Fiona Hardingham and Steve West - and I can't believe I had never heard them before. They did such a phenomenal job - now I'll look for more of their work, for sure! I'm already listening to another book narrated by Fiona Hardingham and she's just as brilliant.
The very last line in the book is possibly my favorite. Though I think I fell completely in love with this story when Sean took Puck for a ride on Corr - and when they get off and he holds her wrist to feel her pulse.
This book is slow and steady and beautiful. I'll never get tired of reading it.
I love to read!
This book has been sitting in my library for awhile. I'm not sure why I wasn't motivated to read it sooner. It was just as good as Ms. Stiefvater's other stories. I enjoyed the strong female protagonist. Her unwillingness to give up and her efforts to make her dreams come true were inspiring!
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
Naturally, I felt the draw to re-read THE SCORPIO RACES in October and November. It’s been a while since my first read and to this day, this is still one of the audiobooks I push the most due to its amazing narrators (Steve West as Sean and Fiona Hardingham as Puck) and of course, Maggie Stiefvater’s gorgeous prose and amazing story-telling.
A book about horse races. Not something I’d normally gravitate to much less fall in love with, but Maggie’s magical realism is supreme. There’s so much more to this book than just horse races — mythical water horses, the first girl to enter the annual Scorpio Races, a fight for the proper place in the world, bravery, loyalty, love. THE SCORPIO RACES is just the kind of book that draws you in and really gets you lost in the world that the author creates. Both times I’ve read this book, I could truly feel like I was on Thisby, watching these characters, running with the horses. I could almost taste the salt of the sea and feel the chilly November wind in my hair. Just thinking back on it now brings all of those feelings back and this book is definitely one I just love to tuck myself into.
This was actually my second time not only reading the book but listening to the audio. After reading it for the first time via audiobook, I couldn’t get it out of my head. The voice actors were just amazing and really brought the book to life. There’s no way I could read this book again and not have it be through the audiobook. It was a very familiar experience re-reading in the same format (lately I’ve been reading in print the first time around and then re-reading via audio, most often) and yet it was really a brand-new experience as well. Firstly, somehow in the this crazy reading world of mine, I had forgotten how the book actually ends. Obviously I knew it ended with the Scorpio Races themselves, but… did Sean win? Did Puck win? Did someone die? Did something insane happen? Somehow I didn’t remember the details and I don’t know how that happened but it did. That was kind of a good thing in a way though. The ending was suspenseful and emotional and like a brand new book. The second thing was that during my first read, I really wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into. I had a brief understanding of what the book was about but I really wasn’t sure what the feel was going to be like or where the story would go. It was nice to know exactly where I was putting myself when picking this book up for the second time (well, aside from the ending, apparently) so it felt much more secure and there was a lot more excitement on my part as well.
I really just LOVE everything about this book. I was a bit hesitant during my first read simply because I didn’t know what to expect. THE SCORPIO RACES does have its action but it’s also a very character-driven book. It caught me by surprise when I first read it and I felt like it took a while to get into but knowing that during my re-read and pining for these characters and the magnetism they have towards one another (and to me as a reader), I was already head over heels for the both of them and for this entire story and setting and feeling before I even started.
THE SCORPIO RACES might end up being a re-read every year book for me! I absolutely loved reading it during the months that it took place. I think the more I read this book, the more I’ll fall in love with it. If you’re looking for a great audiobook, this is definitely one I’d recommend to sweep you off your feet!
I think so. I definitely enjoyed the narrators and would gladly purchase other books they've performed.
Man-eating horses? I had never heard any folklore about such creatures so, it was incredibly difficult for me to accept. I get it, they aren't technically horses as we know them but, they are so close in appearance as to be nearly indistinguishable (despite being creatures that live part of the time in the sea?) I just couldn't ever wrap my head around that idea enough to always be 100% engaged in the story. However, I found the writing poetic, the characters interesting and the setting charming. The pacing was good and I never got bored. I definitely enjoyed it and will look for other books by the author.
I was very surprised by the beauty of the story and the narrative. This is exactly the kind of book I hope to stumble across. Compelling and original, this story swept me to an island of interesting characters. I loved Puck. She is brave and honest. This will become a classic and be shared with friends and family. Fabulous storytelling. Bravo!!!
What a story and what a life. Honestly this is one of my favorite books of all time and I read it every October. I work with horses all day everyday. And I've fallen in love with the way Maggie Stiefvater has created her mythical horses that come out of the November sea. They feel so real and they are so dangerously drawing that I get lost in the words she writes.
"A story that captured me"
The book was a little slow to get into but just helped you get to know the characters. As the story went on, the pace picked up and the story keeps you hooked! Loved the way it was written and the narrators did a great job. Definitely worth a listen.
"Fresh of breath air YA novel"
The Scorpio Races is an intriguing read that puts the phrase “battle of the fittest” to the test. Two people who enter the traditional deadly Scorpio Races for two separate individual reasons, come together to help each other out and try to improve their own chances of winning.
This story has all the elements you would expect to get from a Ms. Stiefvater novel, vibrant and colourful characters and the odd one or two that have a tortured soul. I love how the story is broken down between the two main characters, Puck and Sean. Both have a story to tell and both are very endearing.
I really enjoyed this book and there was definitely a nice build up to the final race. It was a refreshing change to read a novel that was totally different from other stories out there but still had the classic boy meets girl element.
"My Favorite Book"
I'm a big fan of this author's work but often this can be ruined by the person / people reading the book. Not the case for this author. This book is the perfect blend of fantasy and reality. If you love horses and fantasy this is the perfect novel for both.
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