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)
If I rate books on a ten point scale, this one is an easy fifteen, maybe twenty. Just such a well told story! I knew Sebiscuit was a great horse, but the story behind it.... I will re-read it to pick up details, I might have missed. Don't pass this one by, please!
The story of Seabiscuit is the true "can't judge a book by its cover" antedote. Seabiscuit didn't look like a race horse but, a down on his luck trainer, a trusting owner and broke down jockey knew what he was capable of accomplishing. Great narrator!!Would read again. Also wonderful historical events that are chronicled along with the story of Seabiscuit.
I design websites and applications. Reading is a great passion of mine, but because of my mild dyslexia I can do better with audiobooks than regular books. I believe Audiobooks to be one of the best innovations in reading and personal development.
A great story! I didn't know I'd enjoy reading about horses this much. It did not feel like a historic account, but more like a novel with great characters with, suspense and an amazing story. Thank you Laura Hillenbrand for such a terrific read.
This was very enjoyable. This was to me a story of survival, hope and overcoming obstacles and misfortunes. A group effort between a trainer, jockey, owner and horse without each one the success would not have come to pass. The key was how the trainer Tom understood Seabiscuit and how he saw the horses heart and honor. A gift few have even had. Understanding humans can be hard enough. This all created hope and enthralled a nation for numerous races where "The Biscuit" galloped.
If you like rag to riches stories, true stories of life then you will do yourself a favor and read or download Seabiscuit.
Laura Hillenbrand captures the story of Seabiscuit so well that it is difficult to put this book down. It is so moving that you feel as if you are right there during the races and the events occurring in the lives of the persons involved. I highly recommend this book.
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I enjoyed this book so much as I fell in love with a horse. What a winning story this was. I recommend it to anyone.
This was just a great story. I love the periodical facts that go along with the story. I love this author and the performance keeps the book intact.
I would definitely recommend this book.
Seabiscuit was my favorite. The horse had the qualities I most admire...courage, heart,and tenacity.
The scene that revealed that Seabiscuit was more than horseflesh and the winning spirit had to be nurtured not demanded.
Although the end was no secret, the tale of Seabiscuit was more than a story of an unlikely horse winning a big race. It was the story you never hear about. The sabotage, the ruthlessness, the passion, and the politics in the horse racing world.
I would recommend this listen. The narrator is excellent and the story is engaging. I knew nothing of horse racing but wanted to gain a bit of knowledge before my trip to Churchill Downs. It was well worth my time.
Will move you, educate you, entertain you and make you feel part of this amazing adventure and the intriguing people involved. When finished, check UTube to watch actual footage of the races. The story of Seabiscuit will stay with you for a long time. More than worth your credits.
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