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Ambition

The Eventing series, Book 1
Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
Series: The Eventing series, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Jules Thornton didn't come to Ocala to make friends. She came to make a name for herself. Young, determined, and tough as nails, she's been swapping stable-work for saddle-time since she was a little kid - and it hasn't always been a fun ride. 

Forever the struggling rider in a sport for the wealthy, all Jules has on her side is talent and ambition. She's certain all she needs to succeed are good horses, but will the eventing world agree? On her own at last, Jules is positive she's poised to become eventing's newest star, but soon finds she's making more enemies than friends in the close-knit equestrian community. 

Little mistakes cost big - her students are losing faith in her; her owners are starting to pull their horses. And then there's the small matter of Peter Morrison, the handsome, on-the-rise event rider who keeps showing up when she least expects him. Jules is convinced that all she needs is good horses - not friends, not romance, not anyone's nose in her business. But it's just the beginning of the long, hot, Ocala summer, and as Jules tumbles through the highs and lows of a life with horses, she might find she'll need help after all to weather the coming storm.

©2014 Natalie Keller Reinert (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Em
  • 06-12-19

My New Favorite Author

Very well written with a plot that keeps you guessing until the end. The narrator is perfect. I really enjoyed getting to know a fresh heroine that I could relate to and root for despite her flaws. This is no bland fairytale. The setting is written spot on. I live in Ocala and Natalie K. Reinert nailed it and the horse community here. If you haven't read this book yet, order it now!

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Took me awhile to like Jules.

I read the whole Show Barn Blues series on Kindle. Then I discovered Audible and I can "read" while mucking out stalls, doing chores, cooking, driving etc. I'm hooked! I hope Audible releases all of Natalie Keller Reinert's books. I love her characters and Piper Goodeve is fabulous with her narration. I hate to say it but an incredible book can be ruined by the narrator. But I have also heard some not so great writing brought to life by an incredible narrator. Audible books are judged twice as harshly as written literature. But with this combo of writer and narrator, it's a win in my book. I'm almost twice as old as Jules ALMOST. And I have to keep reminding myself this main character is only in her early twenties when her attitude starts to grate on my nerves. Once I remember how young she is to have so many responsibilities, then I can start to relate to her and be more forgiving of the chip on her shoulder. I also grew up surrounded by rich spoiled kids who were given everything they wanted and thought they were too good to work at the barn. But unlike Jules, I didn't care much for showing. I just wanted my own horse and craved the special bond between girl and horse. Not the superficial push button, show ring ready, only horse time is in the saddle, revolving door of blue ribbon winning and disposable red ribbon "losers" glassy eyed show mounts, that didn't care who was in the saddle and were all forgotten by high school anyways. I did whatever I could just to be around horses. I finally bought my first horse when I was 22 right after I married my husband (he's not a horse guy), and we bought our little farm a year later. I discovered trail riding and natural horsemanship and have the bond with my horses, I craved as a child. I rescued a few horses, and have buried a few on the hill. But I still have my first horse Magic. He turned 29 on March 10th. I can relate to Jules on the stress, exhaustion, and financial expenses of farm ownership and I don't even show. Natalie Keller Reinert does such a wonderful job with creating several series of horse themed books that are accurate with the realities of horse ownership, terminologies, and true to the sport. It's so refreshing to fall into the story because it is so well written and accurate with the subject matter. I loved Show Barn Blues series, I'm loving this Eventing series and I'm looking for to the Racing series. I hope Audible releases all of the "series" books by Natalie Keller Reinert with Piper Goodeve narrating.

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Worst main character

I was really hoping this book was going to be better. I do like the author gives some accurate info of the horse world (although the majority of riders are not cut throat).

I couldn’t finish the book though. The main character is extremely unlikeable, rude, and entitled. Maybe if you don’t ride and just like horse stories you can get through it, but she is exactly like all the horse people I try to avoid. The authors writing style is not to my taste, although that is just an opinion.

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Meh.

I agree with the Sarah Jenkinson's review - as a lifelong horse person - I really, really wanted to like this book, but I found myself a little disappointed with the entire plot.

I guess it was believable in that horse people aren't always very professional in their dealings with other people. Maybe?

I was disappointed enough that even though I purchased the entire series on Audible, I set the series aside to listen to a few other things. I will continue on eventually.

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I really wanted to like this.

As a lifelong horseperson and an eventer, I really wanted to like this. I'm not all the way through yet, but I'm finding myself SO irritated by the protagonist. I really don't like her at all. Most of the horse facts are pretty accurate, but there are some that drive me nuts. This book is only a few years old as of my reading it but there are horsekeeping habits described in it that belong to the 1970s.

The narrator is great, and I like all the ancillary characters, but Jules needs to get the hell over herself already.

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Main character is horrible

Being a long time horse owner oriented to eventing the overall details of horse care are fairly accurate (other than not calling a vet for a major scalp lac on a boarders horse WTF?!?) & not irritating like some writers unfamiliar with horse care.
However, the main character is an absolute self centered irritating person. If I met her I’d certainly not want to be her friend much less have her as my trainer, board my horses with her, or even be around her. She’s so unbelievably narcissistic and always thinking someone is out to get her and how she’s been so mistreated. I kept hoping something would happen that she’d suddenly have an OMG moment and she’d change her ways. It’s always everyone against her and nothing is her fault.
Would be so much better to have had her wake up and smell the coffee! Horse life is hard. It requires hard work. And she’s so much all about not needing help from anyone and she knows it all. No wonder she is unsuccessful
On positive side the narrator is awesome!!

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Fantastic Read for the Diehard Dreamers

If you’ve lived some of this life and love the underdog, omg, you are going to love this book!

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Wonderful Book!

Great story, relatable to me a western rider. I really enjoyed it and have already purchased the next book in the series.

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A really entertaining book.

I enjoyed listening to each part of this audiobook. It gave a deep insight to the world of the real horse people.

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Great read for horse girls

Loved all the real understanding of the sport & the event world. New friends I want to keep up with.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-19

good book takes a little while to get into.<br /><br />

main character is annoying to start with but gets more likeable as the book goes on.

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  • Kelly J
  • 11-10-18

amazing book

great story, you can tell that the writer has a passion for eventing, the main character is very well thought out, not the normal happy-go-lucky horsey girl , it shows the blood sweat and tears of the real side of eventing.

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  • Jodie Smith
  • 07-29-19

Perfect for Eventing Obsessors

I thoroughly enjoyed the book! Very realistic! Gripping story- I didn’t particularly like the main character! Not sure if you’re meant to or not. Anyway keen to read the next 3!!