• American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-26-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars (2,778 ratings)

Regular price: $29.65

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Publisher's Summary

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

Written by an award-winning The New York Times sportswriter, American Pharoah is the definitive account not only of how the ethereal colt won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, but how he changed lives.

Through extensive interviews, Drape explores the making of an exceptional racehorse, chronicling key events en route to history. Covering everything from the flamboyant owner's successful track record, the jockey's earlier heartbreaking losses, and the Hall of Fame trainer's intensity, Drape paints a stirring portrait of a horse for the ages and the people around him.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Joe Drape (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Great Moments from the Life of a Triple Crown

A racing star is born. . .
The run for the roses. . .
What makes a horse a triple crown. . .

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narrator not the greatest..no " Passion to his performance.. he seemed forced... took away from the book

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Glad I didn't buy it, free download

Kept hoping the story would be remarkable about horse, people, but boring, long, no spark,

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Baffert hagiography

If you want to listen to a poorly written hagiography of Bob Baffert and his perfect family, this is your book.

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  • Patroo
  • the High Desert
  • 05-09-18

This wasn't to my taste

The reading itself was done well, but I quickly got fed up with the cutesy storyline and the tendency to make everything like a children's storybook. It did everything but say "when a mommy horse and a daddy horse love each other very much." I've read many great horse biographies over the years, and C.W. Anderson never once felt the need to get syrupy about his subjects. Other writers have been able to do a good job writing about competitive horses, but this one just didn't appeal to me.

Within three chapters, I'd had enough.

If you have worked with horses, are familiar with the horse industry as a whole and the racing industry specifically, this book may not be for you. If your sole contact with horses has been seeing them on TV and the occasional police and carriage horse, this will give you the depth of explanation that helps you understand how racers are bred, raised, trained, and competed.

I couldn't stand "War Horse" either. Want a good story? "Eighty Dollar Champion" tells it right. Yeah, I know it's not about a race horse. "Funny Cide" was an excellent book, made so by the antics of the owners. You don't have to settle for this.

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  • Ed
  • 05-17-18

good but too much fluff.

too much filler to add length. sometimes got boring with extraneous details & hard to stay focused.

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Waste of time

This is one of the worst books I’ve had the displeasure of listening to. I made it through 3 chapters. The writing implies that the reader has the intellect of a toddler. The performer also puts emphasis in strange places. Not a fan.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-29-18

An Audible freebie after 2018 Kentucky Derby

Other than watching the three triple crown races each year I'm not a horse racing fan but I did enjoy this book.

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A Look Inside Racing

A rare and mostly honest look at the personalities that are the face of horse racing. I felt like the excitement of the actual races was missing. But I really enjoyed the book and learned a thing or two about what goes on behind the scenes

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Terrible Narrator

I've always been a huge book reader. Never bought a kindle because I like the feel of having an actual book. I gave the audible book thing a try. Nope. Could not get past this narrator's voice. It's awful. Will buy the paper version of this book and read on my own. I have all the Harry Potter books on Audible and love them. Just something about this narrator's voice, tone I couldn't do it.

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In-depth look at horse racing

The author effectively uses the story of one horse to provide a comprehensive list at the many players in the thoroughbred horse industry. Enjoyed learning how much dedication and effort is required from the whole team (including the "background" players) to make a two-minute race possible. Although the author's goal was not an expose of the industry, he didn't shy away from discussing issues.

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