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Secretariat Audiobook

Secretariat

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You’ve likely seen footage of Triple Crown champion Secretariat’s remarkable racing career, and Grover Gardner brings us even closer to the track in his narration of William Nack’s enthralling investigation of the life and career of the champion thoroughbred first published in 1975. Gardner’s deep and robust voice heightens the intensity of those scenes when Secretariat bounds full throttle towards the finish line. Although aware of the outcome already, the suspense and excitement of the competition build all the same throughout this performance.

Following a record-shattering win at the Belmont Stakes in 1973, American thoroughbred racehorse Secretariat (fondly nicknamed “Big Red” by his fanbase) became the first Triple Crown winner in over a quarter-century. His performance has since been unmatched by any other competitor today. Secretariat charts the horse’s career from his calculated birth to his achieving the Triple Crown. Nack traces Secretariat’s lineage, studying his breeding and ownership by two families — the Chenerys of Meadow Farm in Caroline County, Virginia, and the Hancocks of Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. These individuals involved in Secretariat’s victory make up a fascinating piece of his history and upbringing.

While horse lovers will thoroughly enjoy Secretariat, fans of investigative biographies and suspenseful narratives will devour Gardner’s rendition of this powerful athlete’s success story. The politics of the Triple Crown make for an intriguing sidebar to this story. Gardner plunges into Secretariat’s competitions with enthusiasm, and his smooth southern accent offers a pleasant reprieve from each pulse-pounding race. Secretariat triumphs in its depiction of horse racing and in moments of quiet investigation. —Suzanne Day

Publisher's Summary

In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest champion in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated in the same week, he also still holds the record for the fastest times in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. He was also the only non-human chosen as one of ESPN's "50 Greatest Athletes of the Century". The tale of "Big Red" is an enduring and inspiring classic, more than 30 years after its initial publication.

©1975 William Nack. New Preface copyright 2010 by William Nack (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Secretariat is an elegantly crafted, exhilarating tale of speed and power, grace and greatness, told with such immediacy that the reader is lost in the rush of horses and the clatter and ring of the grandstand." (Laura Hillenbrand, best-selling author of Seabiscuit)

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    Jen Petersburg, KY, United States 05-16-11
    Jen Petersburg, KY, United States 05-16-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Interesting bits and pieces about Secretariat"

    Not the best written book I've ever listened to and the reader fails miserably on some pronounciations that should have been so easy -- Keeneland, Lexington's track, for one. But, the story is interesting, sidebars fit in nicely. Insight into the owners' lives and relationships is amusing. If you lived in Lexington or followed Thoroughbred racing anytime in the last century, the names of the social gentry and places will fit together.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow Start with a Quick in Pace"

    Started slow and a bit boring but the racing made up for it. Really love Grover Gardner on the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Naomi Newell 05-06-15
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    "Loved it!!!!!"

    Loved it! Great story and very informational. I know I will be reading this over and over again!!!! Well worth it!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Carolina Beach, NC, United States 02-25-13
    Richard Carolina Beach, NC, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2007

    I'm a voracious reader who unfortunately spends a lot of time on the road. Audiobooks make my life a lot better.

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    "Great when it's the story, not the stats"

    This is a wonderful story, especially so when it sticks to the horse, the racing, and the people. Occasionally the author gets a little bogged down in lists of how much each horse won and the pedigree of various other horses. All in all, however, it's definitely worth the listen. The author can make a prose description of a horse race pretty exciting!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 06-16-11
    Jan 06-16-11 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "The audio clip is best part"

    Found it long, rambling, jumping back and forth telling same story though numerous eyes. Way too many horse's histories and details. Could use a generous edit, but would be fasinating to a horse breeder. The good news I have fallen to sleep so often trying to read it... it makes a dependable sleep aid.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    J. Mirabal 05-13-17
    J. Mirabal 05-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Phenomenal tribute to a magnificent horse."

    The author's passion shines trough. What a treat to read. You Elul not be disappointed.

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    Andrew J. King 04-27-17

    Take a ride on the Wild Side!

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    "Fast forward to chapter 20 to save yourself "

    some of you sanity. This is a great story but this book not unlike it's main character was designed to milk out as much money as possible. People are dumb, greedy people should rot in the Dark Regions, forever. And an E I E I E I O to you arrogant, ignorant jerk as well.

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    "Fantastic in every way!"
    What made the experience of listening to Secretariat the most enjoyable?

    Phenomenal story with exceptional narration. Beautifully told and read.


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    Beautiful historical recount of one of the greatest racehorses of all time.

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    Phillip A Kelley 03-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story-NOT Seabiscuit"

    The story came highly recommended. After reading Seabiscuit I wanted to read this one.

    The beginning is too graphic to be family friendly. It was informative on breeding, but not necessary to the story.

    The first third/half of the book was full of bloodlines that was difficult to follow (especially on audio) and by the end of the book I still didn't know who half the horses were or why they mattered.

    The family history was interesting, the characters were well communicated, Secretariat was loveable from the first.

    I enjoyed the book, but it was not Seabiscuit (my favorite), also Laura Hillenbrand is a better writer.

    Overall, highly recommended!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Colorado, USA 08-26-14
    Thomas Colorado, USA 08-26-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Deservedly very popular horse reacing book!"

    Any fan of thoroughbred horse racing will love this book. This is a very popular book on horse racing, and deservedly so. Few books describe a horse race so vividly, no others so beautifully.

    This book will tell you everything about Secretariat, something about the history of thoroughbred racing in American, and much about his owner/breeder, his trainer and his jockey.

    If you are even a casual fan of horse racing you will enjoy this book. Don't shy away because you think it will be dry, or that it might contain too much history that you won't like. It is beautifully written, and very well narrated.

    This edition contains an epilog read by William Nack himself.

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