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Chosen by a Horse Audiobook

Chosen by a Horse: How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart

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Publisher's Summary

The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn't be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead, Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan's life. This gentle creature, malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection, had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous. It seemed fated that she would come into Susan's paddock and teach her how to embrace the joys of life despite the dangers of living.

©2006 Susan Richards; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is a bracing and likable book, highly recommended for backyard horsewomen and their admirers." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Casey 02-29-16
    Casey 02-29-16 Member Since 2014

    Lover of books, animals, the sun on my face, and the wind at my back! #Clemson

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    "A "Must Choose" for any Animal Lover"
    Would you listen to Chosen by a Horse again? Why?

    Yes! And I don't typically re-read books because there are far too many, and such little time. But this one would be an excellent "cozy up and read again" option.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lay Me Down... while most might say Susan, I think Lay Me Down tells the best portions of this story.


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    Susan. There is SO MUCH reliability in this character. Any woman can recount her own versions of Susan's past, and any young girl can tell you she has hopes and dreams not unlike those of Susan.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, mostly at Lay Me Down's antics (and those of the other horses in the pasture), but also at Susan's blunt, truthful reactions to the world. And of course, whenever there is a horse involved in any story, there is likely to be some tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as "Saving Baby," but very, very, very good nonetheless. Well written, very well read, and an excellent reminder of what's important in this world. Highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas 08-29-09
    Douglas 08-29-09 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Great tale"

    for horse lovers and romantics.

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    Jennifer Hudson, WI, United States 05-27-09
    Jennifer Hudson, WI, United States 05-27-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Heartwarming story"

    This was a nice story to listen to. Heartwarming and sweet. It was nice to have a story about a horse (or any animal for that matter) that actually stuck with the story of the animal and didn't digress (too much) to the story of the person. Horse lovers, you'll like this one.

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    BARBARA Lancaster, PA, United States 02-26-08
    BARBARA Lancaster, PA, United States 02-26-08
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    "A Must For Any Animal Lover"

    For anyone who loves animals whatever kind it is this book is a must. A tender loving story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 02-18-08
    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 02-18-08 Member Since 2017
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    "heartwarming"

    Being an animal lover I enjoyed this book. A great example of the healing powers of unconditional love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda 03-12-17
    Wanda 03-12-17
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    "Joyful, freeing, poignant..."

    Loved the story and the writer's style! Moving, heartwarming. Seemingly sad, yet joyful! Highly recommended!

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    Plumpicker 02-19-17
    Plumpicker 02-19-17
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    "Beautiful but very sad story of a rescuer & horse"
    Would you listen to Chosen by a Horse again? Why?

    No. Its a very sad story. Its an honest, emotional, well written story. The author has talent and the narrator was superb. I've never heard such good narration. The reader had heart, emotion, wonderful inflection. Her voice could speed up and down with a different tempo.


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    the author


    Any additional comments?

    I almost stopped listening to the book. It was very sad. But the author had such a generous heart; she knew her animals and her descriptions were very poetic. I would like to read more of this author's work and will also look for the narrator in other stories.

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    dewlaw Spartanburg, SC 02-12-17
    dewlaw Spartanburg, SC 02-12-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful memoir."
    What did you love best about Chosen by a Horse?

    The sweetness of the relationship between two of the horses.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chosen by a Horse?

    This is a very emotional story and I don't want to spoil it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to mention without spoiling the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, wanted to savor it.


    Any additional comments?

    Lovely example of the memoir as literary form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathy 02-08-17
    kathy 02-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I know nothing about horses but loved this book."

    I loved the narrator's voice and personality that really made the story come to life. I highly recommend this book

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    Gabrielle Larson 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Horse Lover"

    I loved this book. If you love horses you need to listen to this book. I love the women's voice reading, so calming and such a great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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