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Publisher's Summary

Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

Natasha is a lawyer whose job is to represent the best interests of children. Her confidence in her judgement has been shaken and her marriage has died - but an encounter with Sarah may lead to Natasha learning all she needs to know about life from a fourteen-year-old girl and a large horse named Boo...

©2009 Jojo Moyes; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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Unusual, compelling and heartwarming

I truly enjoyed this novel. As always Jo Jo Moyes takes you to a new place and a new experience.

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Loved this book!

What did you love best about The Horse Dancer?

The relationship between Sarah and her beloved horse touched my heart. I am a horse lover and a horse owner and understand the lengths this sad child went through to protect him. The description of the training was so precise and yet understandable to the non- horse person. I love that people who do not spend their days with horses can come to understand even a tiny bit of what goes into true horsemanship.

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Total enjoyment

Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Listened to it all in one day. I guess I'm not as particular as other reviewers as I enjoyed the narrator and wasn't bothered by accents. The author painted a very visual picture of all the characters including the horse. As I am a horse lover and love the art of dressage, I enjoyed the emphasis on the quotes from Xenophon. The were an integral part of the book. Also loved the emphasis on photography and the descriptions of the important photos throughout the book. The twists and turns had just the right amount of frustration and resolution. Loved the ending and epilogue!

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AWSOME

I own horses and this story hit the pit of my heart! For anyone that owns or wants a horse, please read it. The narration at the beginning was a bit difficult to understand due to the accents but hang in there and you will not want to put it down.

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Another great book by Jojo Moyes

I have enjoyed every book she had written, but I think this one is my favorite. The only problem is that I came to the end of it and now need to find something equally good to listen to. The narrator was excellent as well.

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a fun listen

well written in a sweet way easy to understand interesting characters not too much detail but just enough a light fun story to listen to would recommend

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a little whiny in places

I liked the. idea of the story but the wife was very whiney and the characters kept misunderstanding each others feelings. i had to fast forward through it to the better parts.

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Healing with Horses

This novel reaches much further and deeper then a typical girl and her horse story. The author skillfully creates a story about struggle and loss. Each character quickly becomes someone you either don't like or someone you find yourself rooting on. Issues of pain and hope carry the story along keeping you wondering what might happen next. It was never predictable and it held my interest all the way to the last page. For the horse lover, there is a coming of age.story with a horseback journey through England and France that is so well written that I found myself rereading several phrases just to enjoy the the way the author would paint a picture or describe a moment. Ultimately I found this story to be about the fragile attachments we have as people stemming back into generations and how no matter how old we are that if we are honest with ourselves we can find the hope to heal
I will definitely be reading more of JoJo's books and I highly recommend "The Horse Dancer" to anyone looking for a great read. I also listened to the audio book and the narrator is spot on excellent. A perfect performance for the telling of this story

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Loved it.

I knew what was coming and I still loved it. There wasn't a moment when I felt bored or indifferent. The characters are lovely and portrayed In a way that makes you feel like you know them. Narrator was fantastic.

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Wow!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Jojo Moyes has got to be one of the most talented writers in this decade. The Horse Dancer is another wonderful showcase for her formidable skills.

As always, her characters are beautifully written. Moyes skillfully develops everyone from Henri and Sarah all the way down to the peripheral administrative assistant. She also very successfully captures the personality of the horse! His quirks, loyalty and sensitivity are all right there for the reader to see. Many writers only flesh out the main characters but Jojo Moyes' writing lets you feel like you could finish this book and pick up one about the trailer driver, or the law partner. Moyes does not shy away from loss, love, mistakes, victimization, consequences, and death. It gives her stories a dose of reality while still managing to be a beautiful escape for the reader.

I loved the various horse activities that the book explores. It moves from illegal London harness racing to the topmost echelon of the dressage world and realistically depicts many finer points of riding and horsemanship. If Jojo Moyes isn't a rider, she researched the heck out of this! After I finished the book I looked up Le Cadre Noir and it truly is as amazing as she described.

On the con side, as an audiobook it gets hard to follow large chunks of dialogue that are in French. I could probably parse out the meaning if I were reading an actual book but the long spoken French scenes were disorienting and I lost the plot a little bit. I'm also skeptical that anyone could ride a horse from London to France, let alone an unaccompanied minor. Even when horses were the primary mode of transport riders stopped and got fresh horses because the trip was so hard on them. But that's the beauty of literature, you explore things that you wouldn't ordinarily consider. And one could also postulate that Sarah's horse was an exceptional horse capable of exceptional feats.

The narrator fit the story nicely and did a great job, too. (She apparently speaks French pretty well!)

No worries about using a credit on this one!

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  • slow joe
  • 08-24-17

Brilliant story. Very well told

Great story about relationships.... and love for a horse! Beautifully told. So lovely to be able to sit down and just listen

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  • J'dele
  • 07-21-17

Wonderfly Emotional

I have not taken the time to write a review on any of my listens and I have listened to many books which I have enjoyed. This book has left me in mourning because I know I will struggle to find anything that will match The Horse Dancer.

Admittedly, the first hour was a little slow although, this could have been my frame of mind. However, I persevered and from then on I was well and truly hooked. I have laughed, cried and reflected. As a girl I I had a horse that I loved dearly, but I don't find books that contain horse stories appealing, but this was different because it's not an entirely horsey storey. It has horses yes but it has romance, adventure, loss, gain and it made me feel a happy kind of sad...

I highly recommend this book and challenge you not to love it :-))

Happy Listening.....

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  • Pink Hair
  • 07-09-17

You don't have to be horsey to enjoy this.

I read this book many years ago and revisited it because I remembered it well enough to know that I enjoyed it but could not recollect the entire story. It works well as an audio book.

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  • Clare Bassett
  • 05-29-17

great book

Loved it. Made me desperately want to get a horse. The characters are great and the story kept me hooked till the end.

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  • J. Shirley
  • 05-17-17

Fantastic

So well written and read. Another great story from Jojo. Her books are all different but fab stories.

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  • A H.
  • 05-16-17

An emotionally exhausting addictive listen!

I've just finished this book and I need a holiday. I'm exhausted! It's a compelling listen. I've no experience with horses, and it was still excellent. I found myself shouting in the traffic jam at one scene, 'Nooooooo'!

I struggled with the character of Natasha. I couldn't sympathise with her at all. And I was so very frustrated with Sarah, but that's by design.

Superb narration.

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  • Hannah
  • 05-13-17

Brilliant.

Didn't want it to end! Thoroughly enjoyed the whole story. Couldn't stop listening to it 😊

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  • Teenie
  • 04-16-17

Brilliant especially if you've a passion of horses

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

a wonderful story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sarah was my favourite character, she's strong, independent, yet gentle and loving. Took me way back to my teenage years

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  • Miss
  • 03-21-17

Couldn't stop listening

I wasn't sure at first but as the story went on I was hooked! Brilliant.

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  • Alice Jennings
  • 03-06-17

Another great story from Jojo Moyes

I was nearly put off by the length of this book, so glad I wasn't.