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The Eighty-Dollar Champion Audiobook

The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

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Publisher's Summary

November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a bleak winter afternoon between the slats of a rickety truck bound for the slaughterhouse. He recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up horse and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry’s modest farm on Long Island, the horse thrived. But the recent Dutch immigrant and his growing family needed money, and Harry was always on the lookout for the perfect thoroughbred to train for the show-jumping circuit—so he reluctantly sold Snowman to a farm a few miles down the road.

But Snowman had other ideas about what Harry needed. When he turned up back at Harry’s barn, dragging an old tire and a broken fence board, Harry knew that he had misjudged the horse. And so he set about teaching this shaggy, easygoing horse how to fly. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping.

Reminiscent of the inspiring, against-the-odds success story that made Seabiscuit a best seller, The Eighty-Dollar Champion tells of the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo, based on the insight and recollections of the “Flying Dutchman” himself. Their story captured the heart of Cold War–era America—a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. Elizabeth Letts’s message is simple: Never give up, even when the obstacles seem sky-high. There is something extraordinary in all of us.

©2011 Elizabeth Letts (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“This is a wonderful book—joyous, heartfelt, and an eloquent reminder that hope can be found in the unlikeliest of places.” (Gwen Cooper, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Jacqueline L. Telles FREMONT, CA, US 09-19-16
    Jacqueline L. Telles FREMONT, CA, US 09-19-16
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    "Great story for horse lovers and animal lovers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, Great story line.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Horses! and horse stories


    What aspect of Bronson Pinchot’s performance would you have changed?

    Enjoyed the book, glad he was the one that read the Book Thank you,


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

    just as it says the $80 champion.


    Any additional comments?

    enjoyed the book, was a teary in the beggining, to think of horses going to slaughter, I think of them as family members. I am very glad this horse was saved.

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    billdalton Austin, TX. USA 09-09-16
    billdalton Austin, TX. USA 09-09-16 Member Since 2012

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    "A Most Wonderful Story About the Courage and Friendship Between an Extraordinary Man and His Amazing Horse"

    There was nothing about this true, inspiring story not to love. Kudos to the author and the storyteller. Just perfect!

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    P. Cornell 09-04-16
    P. Cornell 09-04-16
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    "Endearing story of an outstanding horse & owner"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eighty-Dollar Champion to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator's performance kept me interested in the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the inflections and accents the narrator used during reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the author displayed Snowman's personality throughout the stories recounted which made him such an endearing star of this story.


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

    I enjoyed hearing the narrator read this story.


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

    When Snowman wanted to come back to his family after being sold, even if it meant jumping many fences with a tire tied to him to discourage leaving his new owner. And when Snowman would come out at horse shows and turn his head to acknowledge and view the audience prior to entering the ring. These stories displayed his personality and love for jumping.


    Any additional comments?

    I've shared this book with two of my friends through Audible's "send book" option because I know they will like it, too. Can't wait for the movie!

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    Marilyn Belvidere, illinois, United States 09-01-16
    Marilyn Belvidere, illinois, United States 09-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story and it's true"

    You don't have to be a horse lover to like this story. It was well written and interesting. I learned about something I didn't know anything about. The narrator was excellent. I highly recommend this book.

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    Amazon Customer 08-09-16
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    "Happy story"

    Enjoyable story, who doesn't love an underdog and a faithful strong animal as the hero? Narrator very good but actual story has some redundancy. Over all still worth a listen!

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    Raymond 07-24-16
    Raymond 07-24-16
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    "Good Story, Too much detail"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Letts and/or Bronson Pinchot?

    Would buy this one if it was abridged. Would not buy another from this author.


    Would you recommend The Eighty-Dollar Champion to your friends? Why or why not?

    Could not recommend due to its plodding along with useless or overly descriptive chapters.


    Do you think The Eighty-Dollar Champion needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    An abridged version


    Any additional comments?

    This book could have been cut to three hours and not missed anything. Filled with extraneous information. I tried numerous times to listen through each chapter but found myself fast forwarding. Please make an abridged version

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    Cheryl Mullennix 06-30-16
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    "Loved it."

    Loved Harry. Loved Snowman. Amazing story. Highly recommend. I hope people rediscover this story. I hear a movie is being made.

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    john t conboy WIMBERLEY, TX, US 04-30-16
    john t conboy WIMBERLEY, TX, US 04-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring true story"
    Would you listen to The Eighty-Dollar Champion again? Why?

    This is a great story about a wonderful and inspiring horse. I now know this animal the way I understand people I've read biographys of. My only criticism is that the author is not a great storyteller. A skilled editor would have cut pages and pages and a natural raconteur would have handled the plot in a more pleasing way. The story itself, however, is so compelling it overcomes all of that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    If you're a horse person, you will feel the character of this noble beast.


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    S. DeJaeger Fort Pierce, FL 04-13-16
    S. DeJaeger Fort Pierce, FL 04-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What Great & Inspiring Story"

    If you are a horse lover and have ever been around horses you will appreciate how will this book is written. This man who saved this horse was a true horse whisper. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It tells a part of history that is left out of the history books.

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    S. Mcguire philomath, oregon United States 04-07-16
    S. Mcguire philomath, oregon United States 04-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Well loved horses....."

    I can't believe I somehow missed Snowmans story while I was growing up, as it was my goal from around 4 yrs of age to have my own horse.. But it was was probably bcuz i was busy saving babysitting money to make my dream a reality.. Long story short, at 11 yrs old,from ca. I sent my dairy farming uncle in minn., 100 $ & made my dream come true.. Bought her as a 2yr old & had to put her down when she was 32.. She was truly my sister friend as Snowy was Harry's brother brother friend... Love is the BEST thing we have here on this planet, of that I'm sure. It was AWESOME, to share in their well done story...

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