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In a snow-covered morning in upstate New York, a girl out riding her horse is hit by a 40-ton truck. Though horribly injured, both 13-year-old Grace and her horse Pilgrim survive. Annie, Grace's mother, refuses to have Pilgrim destroyed and hears about a man in Montana, a 'whisperer' who is said to have the gift of healing troubled horses. They set off across the continent to find him and there, under the massive Montana sky, all their lives are changed forever.
©1995 Nicholas Evans (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Loved it💗

Always thought the movie was great but suspected the ending had been altered. Now I know.
Now I know these characters even more.
Love it even more now!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A qualified review...

I barely give this book four stars. When it is good, it is very, very good--and it is mostly that. But it has some really glaring flaws.

1) It often lapses into schmaltz and there is almost never a moment that isn't charged with emotion--this often rings false.

2) Plenty of reader-baiting (knowing references to the election of Nixon, an elbow thrown at Reagan, subtle smug shots at anything from Arkansas rednecks to Montana preachers).

3) Obvious symbols worthy of Hawthorne--the severed wing, the twin rivers...oh, just too many to name.

4) A case or two of gross and unnecessary vulgarity (the talk show host...and "liposuction")

5) And the biggest flaw of all--that Evans caves in (as though already envisioning the chick flick movie) and writes a romance instead of a more interesting mother/daughter story. And the fact that Robert is a loving father and devoted husband makes Annie and Tom just flat horrible in their relationship with each other. (No. 5 just nearly drops this down to three stars.)

In short, a book that COULD have been great, say, in the hands of Steinbeck.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great Story, Terrible Rendition

Would you try another book from Nicholas Evans and/or William Dufris?

I would not purchase another book read by William Dufris.

What did you like best about this story?

The Horse Whisperer has been a favorite audiobook of mine since I owned it on CD, narrated by the marvelous Peter Coyote.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Having long since misplaced my CD's of the original audiobook, I was disappointed to find the Audible.com version of Peter Coyote's recording in such bad quality. I settled for this version. While, at first, I did not particularly enjoy Dufris, I waited it out as one must do when listening to an unfamiliar narrator. However with the introduction of each new character I cringed at the narrator's choices. It was Tom Booker that made me stop the book, however. Dufris' comical rendition of the mid-western Horse Whisperer was distracting and, frankly, insulting. I'm not sure why a producer would have approved for a character with as much text as Tom Booker to be read so poorly.

Was The Horse Whisperer worth the listening time?

Yes, if you can find Peter Coyote's original recording in better quality.

Any additional comments?

I fully recommend The Horse Whisperer as a novel. I simply found William Dufris's version to be unlistenable.

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this really is better than the movie

much more satifying than the movie was, but it really should have been read by a male and female narrator.

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Good story.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story is a bit slow, but the reader does a great job with the material he has. The story is ultimately a good one. Enjoy!

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Sophomoric story line, poor narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The come-on of the mysterious title, "Horse Whisperer" failed to deliver the satisfaction of a solid story. The story needed to develop its characters so the listener could understand why certain critical decisions were made. Too little was said about the "Horse Whisperer's" equestrian nuances and background regarding the command of his uncommon craft. The occasional insertions of romantic/sexual interludes were mostly gratuitous "Harlequin Romance Novel" style descriptions, hacked out to provide some perfunctory explanations of more important clues, to be revealed later in the story. Melodramatic ending, again diminished by the character underdevelopment of the "Horse Whisperer." I kept waiting for the story to redeem itself or pull itself out of the miasma, only to be sorely disappointed by the resolution in the end.

Has The Horse Whisperer turned you off from other books in this genre?

It has turned me off from any other future novels by this author. The genre shall stand for itself untainted, as there are both good and bad renditions by other authors and narrators.

What didn’t you like about William Dufris’s performance?

The narration was grating and disingenuous; the characters became a mix of overdone vaudevillian caricatures. I could hardly stand to hear the story unfold because of his over-exaggerated, irritating characterizations.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sad disappointment

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Emily
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 04-08-13

The book is worth reading, but avoid this narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book itself is enjoyable if a little cheesy, but listening to William Dufris narrate it almost ruins it. Every voice is a caricature of what it should be, especially Annie and Grace. It made me cringe. I had always trusted the narrations before, but this will teach me to listen to a sample.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

Almost anyone.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann
  • Ashburton, New Zealand
  • 01-17-12

Perhaps a little drawn out in places.

Would you listen to The Horse Whisperer again? Why?

No, because it takes a long time.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

That girl & horse could survive & ever get well.

Which scene was your favorite?

Haven't finished , yet.

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

The accident!!

Any additional comments?

Sorry, haven't had much time over Christmas to read the book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica
  • 07-14-11

A poignant tale

The Horse Whisperer is a beautiful descriptive story that is very well worked and gently woven together. In the manner of true penmanship the author encourages the reader to form emotional ties and develop familiar relationships with the story’s characters, which are excellently created and brilliantly portrayed.


It is a tale that expresses the human condition and our basic need for love, healing and acceptance and how that which is thought to be damaged and broken beyond repair can be the catalyst in completing the circle of life as we know it to be.

Never a dull moment to be had as this book sweeps the reader away upon a tumultuous, emotional and entertaining journey that any one can identify with

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • A. B. Frost
  • 03-07-09

One Of The Best I've Read.

The author's descriptions are so vivid, so absolutely beautiful, from the breath taking views of Montana to the characters, their feelings and situations!
His portrayal of the romantic scenes left me feeling I'd witnessed it all and longing for those same situations and surroundings.
One RealHeartstring grabber of a book!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Endlessly
  • 04-06-18

Love the story, but the narrator spoils it...

I tried and tried, but the narrator’s voice for the women sounded loud, annoying and camp, and he made the male characters sound like arrogant, rude idiots. I gave up.

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  • Jolyon
  • 03-05-18

great story

this is a lively story which has some wonderful interwoven themes. the main linking of the central love story is believable and develops smoothly throughout

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  • Jamickle
  • 08-04-17

Take your pick novel / movie

Revisited the movie and was interested to read book. both great. movie deviates more towards end of story and can see why Redford chose his own way. Either way love both. Narrator excellent , made experience all the more enjoyable

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  • Sarah
  • 06-23-17

would listen to it all over again

really enjoyed it, some shocks some predictable moments. but I definately would recommend listening to it

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  • mr douglas francis kennedy
  • 01-21-16

Wonderful, engaging, brilliant story

There was nothing I disliked. Really good story, wonderfully told by the narrator, spellbinding, mesmerising!

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  • Susan
  • 05-04-13

Great story

This is a great story and well told
Much better than the film, although the film is good.

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  • Kathryn
  • 07-08-13

Taut atmospheric tale

If you could sum up The Horse Whisperer in three words, what would they be?

Horse gets better.

What did you like best about this story?

Combination of human/animal narrative and atmospheric Wild West setting.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved the description of the night out under the stars on the cattle drive.

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

I have not quite finished listening to it yet, but the scene in which Grace has her first ride on horseback was touching, however, I think there may be a weepy scene ahead!

Any additional comments?

Beautifully read, and I now have a small crush on Tom Booker as a result of the lovely characterisation by the narrator, William Dufris.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful