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Publisher's Summary

Following the death of her bullying husband, Etta Bancroft's selfish children move her to a village in the Cotswolds. One night, she discovers a filly, left to die in the snow. With help, Etta rescues the horse, and she and her friends form a syndicate to pay for her upkeep. As the horse recovers, she begins to show racing pedigree, so the syndicate enters her into a maiden hurdle - and are shocked at the result.

©2010 Jilly Cooper (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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Jumping over the top!

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

A book for animal lovers.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jump!?

Some terribly over the top bedroom scenes.

Which character – as performed by Gerri Halligan – was your favorite?

Dora Belvedon is performed as a great combination of jolly hockey sticks enthusiasm and gutter journalist.

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

The book goes for 27 hours!

Any additional comments?

Jilly Cooper is low-brow fiction, but she has a huge heart. Nothing is more important to her than human kindness.

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A fun book-enjoyable and really well read!

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

Yes. A great, fun story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Maybe condense it a little. It was long.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was great.

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

Yes plenty of laughs.

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Always a good solid story with Jilly Cooper

As always with Jilly Cooper storyies it was fun to read and kept me interested right till the end. Very enjoyable.

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I stand corrected

After years of refusing to read Jilly Cooper after having friends reccomend it to me, I was suprised at how much I enjoyed this. Well narrated, and what a bunch of characters. But I particularly liked how the animals were bought to life in this novel.

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Filly Fun

This was quite a long audio book but it was never dull. There were lots of characters some sweat, some sexy, some obnoxious. Gerri Halligan did a good job with the voices making it a very easy book to listen to.

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Extremely unlikable

Rarely do I listen to a book and not finish it but this one was one of those. 20 hours into the book and I finally gave up on the unpleasant characters, animal cruelty, questionable morals and continual negative events that befell animals and people.

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  • Harriet Morris
  • 07-08-18

Absolute Rubbish!

I have been reading Jilly Cooper's books for many years now and I am rather horrified by this travesty (in my opinion) of the usual run of the Rutshire Chronicles. Yes, they have been 'naughty' but still entertaining and amusing but this one made me feel rather nauseated to say the least. Such a shame - they have been such fun in the past.

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  • Anne
  • 05-25-11

Do not buy this

I believe i have read every Jilly Cooper novel. I have been disappointed over the years as they deteriorated, but there was still an element of fun in them. This one has nothing. Absolutely nothing. The characters are more unbelievable than ever, they have no charm, and there is no delight to be had in meeting them. There is not one redeeming feature in this book. I'm not sure that i even managed to get to the end, as i fell asleep for a while, it became so monotonous and boring. There seemed to be nothing but ill will throughout the book. If i can find a way to wipe it out of my Audible library, i will do so, as it is an embarrassment to keep seeing it there. Please do not waste your money on this book when there are so many others to choose from.

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  • TAG
  • 01-03-18

Speed listened

What could Jilly Cooper have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop equating everyone’s physical appearance with their worth as a person! The stereotypes of the angry Muslim, the ecowarrior and the stable lass who got prettier as she lost weight (from stress not healthy choices) where especially grating.

Any additional comments?

The village is chock-full of charicatures which is pretty annoying because if makes very conversation ridiculous. You’ll also have to overlook the unkind nicknames and rude remarks they’re forever making about each other. I listened to this at triple speed to get through the duller sections.

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  • Emily Spaven
  • 11-08-16

Too long and some odd bits of plot

I just found the whole thing rather strange. The fact that the rape of a 15-year-old was pretty much brushed under the carpet didn't really sit well with me - funny that!

None of the characters are particularly likeable, which made it a bit difficult to invest in.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-10

If you enjoyed "Riders" buy this !

Having greatly enjoyed the unabridged version of one of my old favourites Jilly Cooper's 'Riders' I was delighted to see her latest novel available by the same excellent narrator just before my holiday. It didn't disappoint - some great new characters and plenty of old ones and a brilliant story line - an ideal holiday companion. If you enjoyed 'Riders' I would highly recommend you buy this. Now we just need the rest of the unabridged Jilly back catalogue to come to Audible - 'Rivals' for starters please !

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  • Lynne
  • 04-16-17

Unbelievably Boring!!

Having just listened to Riders I couldn't wait to listen to Jump!! Big mistake!! This books just didn't warrant my time.. Don't waste your time or money on this rubbish book..

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  • Ellen
  • 08-29-15

Not Jilly's best

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

An easy listen although you may find yourself shouting at some of the characters, not a JC classic.

What will your next listen be?

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

Have you listened to any of Gerri Halligan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I don't think it is as good as her performance in Riders but as that is a far superior story it may be unfair to compare the two. Some of her voices from Riders are the same as characters in this book so it can be confusing, it is hard not to imagine Helen Campbell Black on times.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

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The characters are horrific with few redeeming features. Many of the characters are just renamed rewrites of old characters. I don't think Billy Lloyd Fox got the send off that he deserved. All the children characters are insufferable and will make your blood boil as will the adults attitude/ behaviour towards them and the teen characters.I found the character having a sexual relationship and the rape of that school aged teen horrific, as with "Wicked" those pages are better off skipped. The attitude of the characters who knew about this deed was outrageously flippant. The main character is Daisy France Lynch but in a new form, sadly she does not have any of Daisy's likeable characteristics. She is wetter than a fishes wet bits and her attitude to the filly is ridiculous. She is treated badly by her children it is true but it is hard to feel sorry for her considering it was her dire mothering capabilities that produced such an odious pair.The horse and the human character relationships are totally unrealistic, it's basically a badly written teenage horse novel for adults. I wouldn't read it / listen to it again. The only good thing to say about it, is that it's better than Wicked.

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  • caeleigh
  • 06-25-12

Not great

This is more like a squeal book to her other book, Riders. It seems to follow on and have the same sort of scenes but with different characters. Again, lots of sexual scenes as the book progresses which include the same type of format as 'Riders'. Etta is portrayed really well and I enjoyed getting to know her character more and more but I did want to slap her son and daughter in law in the face! lol! It didn't really hold my attention as I felt it was far too similar to 'Riders' and much too predictable.

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  • Pauline
  • 04-13-13

Jump!

This was an absolutely brilliant book - and although it was very long it kept me riveted as I needed to find out what happened to each of the characters who became very real during the storytelling. Gerri Halligan is an excellent narrator who made each of the characters come alive - am looking forward to listening to more narrations by her.



As usual Jilly Cooper knows how to thrill and excite the reader/listener

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  • Jane
  • 09-25-16

Disappointing narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the story, it was typically Jilly Cooper - laughter, tears and a happy ending.

What didn’t you like about Gerri Halligan’s performance?

The narration was rather flat. She didn't seem to engage with the story.

Could you see Jump! being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Possibly.

Any additional comments?

This story doesn't have the depth of earlier Jilly Cooper books but it's a good, entertaining read.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-14-17

great as always

I love Jilly Cooper's rutshire series and I enjoyed this book very much. I will admit though that the quality isn't quite what it used to be. less sex and rock and roll and a bit more years and fickleness. I still loved it though. narration was fantastic!

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  • Anna Spencer
  • 07-25-16

Jumping, Booze and Bonking

Although I enjoyed Jump, I found it difficult to keep track of the vast array of characters and horses. For someone who knows little about horses and show jumping, I thought that there was too much emphasis on this aspect of the story and would have preferred more about the lives of the characters.

This book would appeal to anyone who knows more about show jumping and horses than I do.