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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.

Critic Reviews

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

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Such a beautiful story

Oh.my.gosh. This is such a beautiful story, I listened to it over two days hating to stop. The author wrote this memoir with honesty and humour. She suffered abuse as a child, in a bad marriage, and then trusted few. As a single woman she rescued a mare and her foal, adding them to her stable of horses. That gentle, trusting horse, needing attention and healing, brought healing into her new owner's life.
This is a very interesting story, holding one's attention, and making this reader cry. That's a good story.

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Heartbreaking and beautiful story of love!

I only have one issue with the narrator, who was wonderful. Her voice didn't sound like a 44 year old woman - she sounded much older (70's/80's?). This wasn't an issue because the story seemed to fit with an older woman, except where they mentioned the age of the main character.
Other than that, this story was written very well and was very moving. Anyone who has lost a deeply loved animal will be moved. I had to pull over (I was driving) at the end of the book because I was sobbing uncontrollably.

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  • Sattvala
  • Harpswell, ME United States
  • 07-06-17

Wonderful

Beautifully written, beautifully read. Bless all the people on the front line who protect and care for all of us creatures who need it.

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Amazing

This book is a very heart touching story and tells us that we are never too old and at the same time life dose not last.

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Savvy horse owners, beware

I bought this book on the recommendations of others. Do I love animals? You bet! Do I love horses? Absolutely! I have two of them. But this book was *not for me*.

First, I didn't like the narrator. Her voice was one that bespoke (no pun intended) a life of hard drinking, hard smoking or the like. (Obviously, I have no idea if that's the case, but it sounded like it to me.) Strike one.

Second, perhaps the owner is a long-time owner of horses. But she isn't a very savvy one. I winced several times at descriptions of horse-human interactions. 'Strike two' finally came when she described with obvious admiration a trainer who was good enough with horses that he never raised his voice. Ugh. Congratulations, you found a trainer who isn't a complete and utter hack. So, strike two.

The last straw, however, had nothing to do with horses. The author described herself as a drinker. She said, 'I did some terrible things when I was drunk. I drove a hundred and ten miles an hour in my new Saab and never gave a second thought to the cars I flew past, or if I did, it was only to feel superior.'

At that, I was done -- strike three. If she wants absolution from her readers/listeners for cheating on her fifth-grade spelling test (as a random example), sure. If she wants absolution for replacing the sugar with salt when her sister baked cookies for the bake sale (another random example), I can do that, too. But this woman is not only confessing to a possible (likely?) felony but, in my opinion, a violent one. It was unclear but it sounded like it wasn't an isolated incident, either. Acts like those ruin and end lives every day. HER act(s) could have ended in lives ruined or lost. I have no interest in reading a book written by someone who would do something so despicable.

I will be returning this book.

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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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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

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.

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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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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!