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Publisher's Summary

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit's fortunes:

Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.

Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.

©2010 Laura Hillenbrand (P)2010 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Fascinating...Vivid... A first-rate piece of storytelling, leaving us not only with a vivid portrait of a horse but a fascinating slice of American history as well.”( The New York Times)
“Engrossing...Fast-moving...More than just a horse’s tale, because the humans who owned, trained, and rode Seabiscuit are equally fascinating.... [Hillenbrand] shows an extraordinary talent for describing a horse race so vividly that the reader feels like the rider.” ( Sports Illustrated)
“Remarkable...Memorable...Just as compelling today as it was in 1938." ( The Washington Post)

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great listen

Where does Seabiscuit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

great book. this is only my 3rd book but I'm listening to it again while I'm working and enjoying it for a second time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Seabiscuit?

his come back

What does George Newbern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

great reader

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

none

Any additional comments?

no

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LOVE that Biscuit!

Own the movie and can say that it's great, But pales in comparison to this Audible story with fabulous narration. Feels like you are there.

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Great book

Im positive anything Laura Hillenbrand writes is exceptional, this book is no exception. You will not be able to put the book down.

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Great story!

What did you love best about Seabiscuit?

Hard to say - the beginning was a little slow and wandered a bit. Seemed like more of an education for the reader of horse racing life. Once past that part it got pretty good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Seabiscuit?

When the trainer makes the connection to the horse and completely turns him around.

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

YES!

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Seabiscuit is a 10 star book!!!

In a time when people felt hopeless this horse gave hope! He was the people's horse! This is the best book I've ever read! Didn't want it it end. Laura Hillenbrand great job !!!!
Daretha Dallas Tx

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A beautiful and captivating story

This book is a must read. It is a beautifully told and remarkable story which includes the right amount of history and informative facts about horse racing, trainers, owners and jockeys, and the political climate of the country at the time.

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Seabiscuit

Incredible research & story of subject & history! Loved it! The narrator did an amazing job. What a great read!

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Best story ever

Well written I felt like I was there.
I learned a lot about horse racing.


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Fascinating and wonderful.

Amazing story. Wonderful insight into horseracing. Unbelievable up's and down's for horse, trainer, owner and rider. Very fun.

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LOVED

Few words to describe this experience. The movie pales in comparison. I was moved to tears...which is rare for me when listening to books.