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Joe - the Horse Nobody Loved

Narrated by: Dorothy Deavers
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Kids, Animal Stories
4.5 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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Joe, an ugly and unloved horse, trusts no one, and no one trusts him. Until Vicky. This is the story of a troubled horse and the little girl who loves him.

Based on the true adventures of the author's childhood 50 years ago, Joe teaches the lesson that sometimes beauty is not skin deep but heart deep. That the unloved have much to show us about the true nature of love.

©2015 Vicky Sue Kaseorg (P)2015 Vicky S Kaseorg

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LOVED THIS!!!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! Dorothy reads this book with such pathos and understanding. Truly comes to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Joe - the Horse Nobody Loved?

The moment the little girl sees Joe, and falls in love with him.

What about Dorothy Deavers’s performance did you like?

So genuine.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both. Laughed out loud and cried buckets.

Any additional comments?

This is a great audio book. My very favorite.

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Unexpected

I am horse lover. I went by the title of horse trainer for 20+ years and fell in love with every horse I worked with, at least a little bit. This book is outstanding both the writing and the performance are exceptional. I was not raised around horses and remember my 5 mile walk to be around them. The writer's experiences are easy for me to relate to but the words that she uses to paint her experience with would make this a great book for anyone. I laughed, I cried, and I remembered.

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Horses and friendships

I wanted to like this book far more than I did. At first the little girl who befriended a horse was charming and descriptions of being a child 50 years ago and the constant reminder that the author's mother practiced benign neglect got old and ugly. The comments of her wanting to fight and scratch her sister also got old. After 50 years can't we accept that this was long ago?

The author acknowledged she changed names and blended personalities to prevent anyone learning the identity of the characters. Then why all the petty name calling of the buck toothed girl who had the best horse and the boy she thought was impressive? If the final point of this book is the be mindfully aware of the Serenity Prayer, then 50 years is enough time to know the difference between the things we can change and the things we can not.

If the book had said things like 'I hated my sister, she was always mean to me. At least this is what I thought as an immature 9 year old' and continued with the feelings described as being rude, hurtful, selfish and jealous as young children are apt to be then I would have enjoyed the book more. I can't swallow the 'God wants us to be righteous' then calling someone horse head or mastodon tooth. The two behaviors don't mesh with me.

Well performed. I'm not looking for another book by this author.

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Wonderful book

Where does Joe - the Horse Nobody Loved rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best so far

What was one of the most memorable moments of Joe - the Horse Nobody Loved?

The whole book, brings back memories of my horse crazy childhood, sad when it was over I am sure I will listen to it again and again none

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

No, it is best done bit by bit so it can be enjoyed

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Loved this book

Would you consider the audio edition of Joe - the Horse Nobody Loved to be better than the print version?

Yes, loved the audio.

What about Dorothy Deavers’s performance did you like?

Deavers was the perfect choice as narrator

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This was such a good book. Laughter and tears.... very touching story. Narrator top notch. I wish audible had the other books by Vicky Kaseorg. She writes beautifully.

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Wonderful heartfelt story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I loved this story, its the story of hope and courage not only for Joe but for the heroine Vicky. Wonderful family story, a story for all ages....This is a book that should be a movie!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vicky, as shy young young girl, felt like a misfit. She overcomes thru perseverance and never giving up on herself!...and all though she may not describe it that way...that is exactly what she did.

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

her voice is so soothing and she reads with slight emotion that adds a nice quality

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Don't consider myself religious in the least bit, but before her first horse show (on a particular horse) reading the inscription on "goldie" and breaking down the words and really applying them to the moment was very touching. As a horse lover and owner and always trying to "make the connection" this passage really applies in so many ways to horses,because its a partnership and you both have baggage..

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A story everyone with a heart will enjoy!

Would you consider the audio edition of Joe - the Horse Nobody Loved to be better than the print version?

The story teller did a great job. I liked the audio because it reminds you that it is being told from a grown persons perspective. We are reminded that what happens to us in childhood, affects us later in life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vicky. I relate to her completely. I have experienced so many things that she did, even losing my horse.

What about Dorothy Deavers’s performance did you like?

She did a great job!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I am still crying!

Any additional comments?

Wonderful story no matter what age you are!

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Loved this book, took me back to my youth

Very cute book, well written and the narrator's voice was perfect for the story. I laughed out loud several times. Great detail and story telling.

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outstanding

this was an excellent and heartfelt story from the beginning , pure love !! magnificent

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Interesting Story

The story was good but it was the performance that made this so special. I thought it was the author herself that read the book because she read it with exactly the correct emotion. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Katie
  • 07-15-18

Fantastic but have some tissues!

I loved this so much and sobbed through the last few chapters. thankyou for sharing your story of you and.Joe