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The Horse Dancer Audiobook

The Horse Dancer

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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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    OregonLynn 12-22-16
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    "Love LOVE this book!!"

    WOW!! This is my third book by JoJo and she is a truly gifted Author!! Some how once again she has touched my heart and spoke to me in story. I CANNOT wait to read more of her books!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 12-15-16
    Robin 12-15-16
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    "This book was redeemed a bit in the end."

    I almost gave up on this book several times. The characters are not likable and found myself frustrated with them often. Also not fond of the narrator. I will not seek out her other works as I often do after listening to a narrator for the first time. If not for the ending two stars are what I feel the book would merit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gina A. Emory 11-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Another fantastic story from JoJo Moyes"

    This may be my favorite story yet. The characters were compelling. The story captured my heart. Excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Spyderwind 09-05-16
    Spyderwind 09-05-16
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    "Surprisingly good horse story"

    I was expecting only an interesting historical romance and was shocked by the depth of subject matter in this book and the genuinely knowledgeable discussion of classical dressage. The horse isn't a major character in his own right as he might be in a marketed "horse story," he's more of a set piece or environmental element, but the horsemanship is accurate and there are some brilliant discussions about the relation between rider and horse that brought tears to my eyes as an lifelong horsewoman. The narration was excellent with great French accents and the writing moved me deeply. There are a couple places I felt the book could have been improved by the author better explaining why her characters are making seemingly stupid moves but those are at least clarified in the end and overall I felt the book was excellent. Well worth the download!

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    Kari Teresa 08-19-16
    Kari Teresa 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Phenomenal!!!!"

    This book took me by surprise. JoJo Moyes write a beautiful story with accurate details and a phenomenal ending. This is probably the best book I have purchased in 2016. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good story about horses and he loves a good story.

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    Sharon prater 07-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't miss this one!"

    The journey I traveled while reading this book was an absolute joy! I didn't want to stop reading, yet I dreaded the ride's ending. Now that it has, I know I will just listen to it again sometime and enjoy it all over again!

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    Margo 07-21-16
    Margo 07-21-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Cari 06-17-16
    Cari 06-17-16 Member Since 2014
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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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    Pam 05-30-16
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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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    donna 05-29-16
    donna 05-29-16 Member Since 2015
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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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  • lynn
    Calvia, Spain
    11/3/09
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    "Best yet!"

    This was one of the best books I have downloaded for a while. JoJo Moyes never disappoints. Every book is different, and this is definitely one of her best. Highly recommended even if you aren't into horses.If you have read JoJos' books before then you will not be dissapointed. If you are new to her books then this is a great place to discover her.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom
    9/16/13
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    "Relationships - families and horses"

    Jojo Moyes once again draws realistic characters who have passions and foibles. This one explores human relationships and those between a girl and her horse. In this book you are drawn to Sarah and how she trains her horse in classical equitation. Whilst you are focusing and empathising with Sarah and her horse you are emotionally caught up with her home-life. Very enjoyable. My walks got longer as I wanted to know what would happen next and then of course came the downer when it had finished.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    4/16/12
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    "Horses ...."

    This was my second jojo moyse book and definately won't be my last.
    I have little interest in horses but after a slow start this book gripped me , the characters were well formed and the story touching and satisfying.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sydney
    London, United Kingdom
    11/28/11
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    "Okay"

    Well-written and well-read and I enjoyed the first half. As the melodrama picked up though the plot became increasingly implausible, and the characters became increasingly silly in order to make the plot happen. Could have forgiven the plot but the characters got on my nerves until I heartily disliked all of them. Matter of taste I suppose but I barely made it to the end.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Liam
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom
    3/18/10
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    "Love it..."

    Absolutely love this book. Quite unrealistic in parts yet a very enjoyable read and definitely one to recommend.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • ELIZABETH CROWE
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    3/10/15
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    "Loved it"

    Thought the story was lovely and thought provoking , I love horses so was a pleasure to listen to I would recommend it

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Julie-Anne
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    1/17/12
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    "Lovely book"

    I didn't know what to expect from this, but my pony-mad childhood came back to haunt me as I was choosing what to download next - and as so often happened in those days I made the decision because there was a nice horse on the cover. I loved it. I may not have made best friends with all the characters, but I empathised with them. One scene actually had me in tears as I was running down quite a busy road, and that's a first.

    - and in fiction, I reckon a little bit of implausibility never hurt anyone...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • stella
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Amazing, heart warming story"

    Loved the story, so much so that I looked up the history of the riding school and watched clips of the riders on you tube, amazing! Brilliant writing as always, love jojo moyes books. I listen on the way to and from work and she just whisks you away to other places, fantastic way to spend a journey :) can't wait to read more of her books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte
    LeicesterUnited Kingdom
    3/19/10
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    "Brilliant!"

    Great story! Captures the real love and sacrifice between a girl and her horse.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    Syresham, United Kingdom
    5/16/13
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    "Gripping and un-put-downable!"

    Firstly, another stunning narration by Julia Franklin. How she brings these characters to life!

    For the story itself, it winds from the past to the present and back again with such clarity that you never feel unsure of which time frame you are in. The characters are just so believable and although you want to shake Sarah, anyone who has contact with a teenage girl will recognise her immediately. She could have been my truculent daughter at that age!

    The ending wasn't predictable, but absolutely lovely. You will so enjoy this listen. Be prepared for additional ironing, gardening, walking or whatever you do when listening!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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