The Horse God Built

The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World’s Greatest Racehorse
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In The Horse God Built, best-selling equestrian writer Lawrence Scanlan has written a tribute to an exceptional man that is also a backroads journey to a corner of the racing world rarely visited. As a young black man growing up in South Carolina, Eddie Sweat struggled at several occupations before settling on the job he was born for - groom to North America's finest racehorses. As Secretariat's groom, loyal friend, and protector, Eddie understood the horse far better than anyone else. A wildly generous man who could read a horse with his eyes, he shared in little of the financial success or glamour of Secretariat's wins on the track, but won the heart of Big Red with his soft words and relentless devotion. In Scanlan's rich narrative, we get a groom's-eye view of the racing world and the vantage of a man who spent every possible moment with the horse he loved, yet who often basked in the horse's glory from the sidelines. More than anything else, The Horse God Built is a moving portrait of the powerful bond between human and horse.

©2007 Lawrence Scanlan (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This volume bulges with insight into and sensitivity toward the world of Thoroughbred horse racing." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Excellent book and perfectly written

What a joy to read this great book. Not just about the greatest horse in history but the human side of the relationship that was between world champion Groomer and partner Edward Sweat I use the title because Eddie was steadfast in his dedication to his profession and his unwavering unconditional love for big red. The book also branches out with investigative finds and facts about other people in the sport Thank you for the excellent prospective in the way this is reported and written I am reminded throughout the book of what Jesus said "The last shall be first and the first shall be last " For all of us that can relate to Edward Sweat and his family, may God Bless you and may He remind us of how blessed we really are everyday

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Good book

This was a good book but at places it rambled to topics that were unexpected. I thought from the name it was focused on Eddie Sweat even more than it was, but it did ramble to and from other people and horses. It was enjoyable and informative nonetheless.

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How many times can you say the same thing

Would you try another book from Lawrence Scanlan and/or Joe Barrett?

probably not after listening to this book

What was most disappointing about Lawrence Scanlan’s story?

The book constantly repeated the same information about the groom Eddie Sweat and didn't really spend much time on Secretariat.

What didn’t you like about Joe Barrett’s performance?

Can't blame the reader for a poorly written book.

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Fantastic

Couldn't put it down! I vcd was 18 when Secretariat won the triple crown, I will never forget that. I loved the movie andd and this portrayal of his life and his groom❤🐎

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Wonderful book

I love this book because of the History and the reference of all the groom's that loved all the famous horses

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Interesting but way too drawn out

I thought this book was a thoughtful concept and found it includes some interesting fact, but it is quite disjointed and very very repetitive. I’m not disappointed I listened to it...but it could’ve been much shorter and thus more enjoyable.