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The brooding hero, gypsy Jake Lovell, under whose magic hands the most difficult horse or woman becomes biddable, is driven to the top by his loathing of the darling of the show ring, Rupert Campbell-Black.

Having filched each other’s horses, and fought and fornicated their way around the capitals of Europe, the feud between the two men finally erupts with devastating consequences at the Los Angeles Olympics.

©1985 Jilly Cooper (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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Luv luv it, Jilly Cooper is a brilliant writer and I wish all her books were available on audio

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Fabulously Descriptive...

I am completely hooked and am so pleased there are so many more books to go...

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One of my favouriates

Love this book, full of horses, lust and intrigue. A must read for all. Most enjoyable.

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  • Jockette61
  • 10-31-15

The first and best!

I've been reading and re-reading this for donkey's years in paper form, so was delighted to find it unabridged in Audible. Its kept me entertained for weeks in the car. The characters in this are brilliant, and they haven't become the caricatures that some of the later books portray. I have real love-hate feelings for most of the characters, and get drawn in every time.
A rattling good read - recommended!!

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  • delph
  • 11-03-10

Vintage Jilly Cooper!

Wow, this audio book was so good! Obviously light hearted - great to listen to on the journeys to & from work.
It's classic Jilly Cooper - if you've read any of her books & liked them, you'll love this audio book - extremely well read!

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  • Marie-Clare
  • 09-28-10

At last!

This series of Jilly Cooper books is my guilty pleasure and I'm delighted to find Riders on audible. I'm loving it! I find the narrator very easy to listen to and her pace of reading is spot on. I'm very pleased this book is unabridged, while long at 30 hours it's great value with an audible membership - I just hope others like Polo, Rivals and Apassionata will follow!

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  • Elizabeth
  • 09-18-15

Very enjoyable

Accents were occasionally a little questionable but overall really loved this audio book. Was a little skeptical at first, as I'm a big fan of jilly and dint want my personal version messed with, but I really enjoyed this.

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  • Jesse
  • 10-02-10

Wonderful!!! Riders perfect:)

Love Jilly Cooper and the first of her Rutshire Chronicles is FANTASTIC:) I have long been a lover of Jilly's books and to be able to get this in digital audiobook format is a long awaited treat... BUT WHERE ARE THE REST? THERE ARE SO MANY MORE!!!! Please audible lets get going on this, get ALL of the chronicles, PLEASE NOW! Yours impatiently Jess x

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  • Culture Kiwi
  • 07-24-15

Rupert Campbell Black - a man to make you smile

What did you like most about Riders?

I read this as a teenager and loved it. This was a revisit for me and it was fun.
Take it on face value - a fun romp with horses

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rupert. A very wicked man!!

What three words best describe Gerri Halligan’s voice?

Pleasant Uneven engaging

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Rider up!

Any additional comments?

This is a true book of the 80s
Far from PC but fun and daring.

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  • Maxine Acton
  • 06-22-11

Wonderfully Addictive

I could not stop listening to this - any opportunity I got to stick my headphones in! Having read a couple of the books from this series I am now dying to listen to them all in order. The narrator was great, great pace and characterisations.

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  • Kate
  • 11-19-10

Wonderful!!!!

I read this when I was in high school, about 17 years ago. I loved it then, and it was so wonderful to go back and listen to it again! I love the story, though sometimes a few too many one liners and quips, but otherwise just brilliant! Follows the road to the Olympics for the British show jumping team, with lots of up, downs, backstabbing and randy adventures along the way! Fingers crossed Polo will be made in to an audiobook soon - that was my favourite Jilly Cooper!!!

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  • Marie
  • 06-27-20

Bush, rape, punch

Vapid two dimensional characters, most of which I disliked, some were ok at best.
I’m still confused about what compelled me to keep listening.
Initially I thought excessive use of the word bush was the worst thing about this book, then there was the rape scene and the part where the protagonist beats his wife

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  • Maggie
  • 07-20-15

I'd forgotten how much fun this was

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I'm not ashamed to say I've always loved Jilly's Rutshire chronicles, Rupert, Taggie and all the rest of the huge cast. Because the saga spread over so many years it's easy to re-read the later ones and overlook the start, and Riders is where it all began.

Gerri Halligan reads this beautifully, and the set pieces like Macaulay going for Rupert in the World Championship and the Olympic Gold in LA really come to life.

I'm sorry that Tory and Jake never figure strongly after this book because they both had the potential to follow through as interesting characters, but as by far the glaringly weakest spot in the whole book is the less than believable 'miracle recovery' for Tory that may be the reason.

So Audible, why are only the first in the series, Riders, and the latest, Jump, recorded? You can't include Wicked, it's abridged. Gerri Halligan gives a great performance and could more than cope with all the others. Where are Rivals, Polo, Score, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous and all the rest? Let's have Lysander, Rannaldini and all the other characters.... Please?

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  • Laurissa
  • 09-07-16

A fabulous story and easy listening book

I loved the story when I read it years ago and have just fallen in love with it all over again. The story is wonderfully descriptive and the narrating was excellent. overall it was a very enjoyable experience.

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  • Brian
  • 03-11-21

Go the Bonkbuster !

Egged on by my wife Marie Wilson who was a teenage NZ Show jump champion 1975, and had devoured Jilly Cooper's books in the '80s.
This is the most famous of her long novels and I found it a great romp. At 29hrs, published in 1985, the genre is an erotic romance, intricate plots and in the UK often called a "Bonkbuster" book. There is lots of delightful politically incorrect hubba hubba here and her worst but most famous character Rupert Campbell-Black is to turn up in other books.

Riders is a gloriously dirty, sexy, silly, funny romp through the world of showjumping. Campbell-Black, shagging his way through horsey wives and hangers-on was based on a number of people according to Cooper.
She won the inaugural Comedy women in print lifetime achievement award in 2019.
Highly Recommend.

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  • Pensive
  • 12-25-20

Disappointing

I tried to like this book. I wanted to like this book. I thought it would be a fun read.
One plus was the Narrator was very good and had a lovely voice.
Frankly I'm surprised this sexist, male gaze story was written by a woman. It felt like the author doesn't like women.
The characters are very shallow, I kept waiting for something to actually happen but it didn't. There was just constant infidelity, animal cruelty, alcoholism , snobbishness, hedonistic entitled rich vain narcissistic characters. Repeated searing hate directed towards 'fat' women, the author appears to dislikes overweight women but worships thinness which seems to equate to "beauty". Also plenty of homophobia which is equally hard to digest. Maybe this book was trailblazing in the 80"s but it feels so dated and out of sync today. I'm sorry I couldn't finish it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-20

Simply splendid

I had my doubts at the beginning, then before I knew it, I was swept into the ‘days of our lives’ in British show jumping society. A wonderful blend of characters, fast moving storyline, enough naughtiness and OMG moments and easy enjoyable female narration.
Once I started, I could not stop and I loved the ending, even she’d some tears.
Definitely worth one credit for 28 hours of addictive listening.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-20-19

Forever a favorite

I’ve always loved this book and Gerri’s narration was wonderful. A lovely little horsey escape.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-18

Hooked from start to finish....

Great, fun read, love the series just wish Audible had next book in series. Awesome characters. Pure Jilly Cooper!

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  • Shannon
  • 07-01-15

loved it!

finally got to read Riders thanks to Audible - consodering I dont acyuallyt have time to read :)