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The Horse Whisperer

Written by: Nicholas Evans
Narrated by: William Dufris
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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In a snow-covered morning in upstate New York, a girl out riding her horse is hit by a 40-ton truck. Though horribly injured, both 13-year-old Grace and her horse Pilgrim survive. Annie, Grace's mother, refuses to have Pilgrim destroyed and hears about a man in Montana, a 'whisperer' who is said to have the gift of healing troubled horses. They set off across the continent to find him and there, under the massive Montana sky, all their lives are changed forever.
©1995 Nicholas Evans (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • 2018-06-25

Yeah...not so much

This is one of the few instances where the movie is better than the book. It’s dated and some of the gender tropes used made my teeth grit, but other than that the writing itself wasn’t bad. The story though... yeah. Not so much.

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More of a people story than horse story

Romance and relationships filled the pages. The sex scenes were too well developed for me.

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Loved it!!!!

Didnt want it to end. But when the end came, it was better then I even imagined. what a writer!!

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  • Vienna Merritt
  • 2015-09-09

Loved it💗

Always thought the movie was great but suspected the ending had been altered. Now I know.
Now I know these characters even more.
Love it even more now!

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  • Reginald Williams
  • 2019-04-10

Self Centeredness Destroys Marriages

Dufris does a fine job with Evans' unsettling story. Frankly, I find Annie to be one of the most unlikable heroines I have yet to experience in a post-WW2 novel. For all her talents and smarts, she is one unthinking, self centered, thoughtless, selfish person. She has to be to justify what she does in this story to her Husband (granted, not perfect himself,..but who is?) and Grace her daughter whose climatic reaction is scary, but totally understandable considering how betrayed she felt under such fragile mental circumstances. I found it despicable, and, as a man who loves marriage and embraces its challenges, Evans gives a story on "how not" to deal with "10+ marriage platitude." My message to you as you thumb through this head,-shaking story of a married woman with dangerously low self esteem: Affairs are NEVER justifiable no matter what, especially as a form of vindication marriage is for real problem solvers, not stupid people. Forgive...forgive...forgive...a sad story.

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  • Douglas
  • 2009-10-10

A qualified review...

I barely give this book four stars. When it is good, it is very, very good--and it is mostly that. But it has some really glaring flaws.

1) It often lapses into schmaltz and there is almost never a moment that isn't charged with emotion--this often rings false.

2) Plenty of reader-baiting (knowing references to the election of Nixon, an elbow thrown at Reagan, subtle smug shots at anything from Arkansas rednecks to Montana preachers).

3) Obvious symbols worthy of Hawthorne--the severed wing, the twin rivers...oh, just too many to name.

4) A case or two of gross and unnecessary vulgarity (the talk show host...and "liposuction")

5) And the biggest flaw of all--that Evans caves in (as though already envisioning the chick flick movie) and writes a romance instead of a more interesting mother/daughter story. And the fact that Robert is a loving father and devoted husband makes Annie and Tom just flat horrible in their relationship with each other. (No. 5 just nearly drops this down to three stars.)

In short, a book that COULD have been great, say, in the hands of Steinbeck.

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  • Dianne Connors
  • 2020-06-21

My favorite book of all time forever

As a person who owns horses and rescues them from the beyond ~ I watch their souls come to life again ~ this was a favorite story of mine ~ the movie was twice as good

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-04-11

enjoyed completely

Loved it. actually not what I was expecting. drew me in & kept me captivated. very good narrator

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  • ArtworkA21
  • 2020-01-31

Disappointing Ending

It should of mentioned Gracie's guilt or something for that, she caused the death. but I suppose I get why it needed this way as well just dont like it.

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  • ang
  • 2019-11-22

WOW!

Great story, made even better by the narrator!
His performance was really, really terrific. the story took my breath away. I feel like I was there, so real. what an experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-01

I lovr this book

I lovr this book it makes me want to read it again and again. I want to watch the movie again as well.

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  • Rand
  • 2019-04-23

Incredible story

As a horseman, I appreciate the accuracy of the scenes with horses. As an avid reader I loved each turn of phrase and every carefully maneuvered plot twist. A masterful weaving of a love story with a stable as the stage.

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  • Dale LaRue
  • 2018-03-13

Great Story, Terrible Rendition

Would you try another book from Nicholas Evans and/or William Dufris?

I would not purchase another book read by William Dufris.

What did you like best about this story?

The Horse Whisperer has been a favorite audiobook of mine since I owned it on CD, narrated by the marvelous Peter Coyote.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Having long since misplaced my CD's of the original audiobook, I was disappointed to find the Audible.com version of Peter Coyote's recording in such bad quality. I settled for this version. While, at first, I did not particularly enjoy Dufris, I waited it out as one must do when listening to an unfamiliar narrator. However with the introduction of each new character I cringed at the narrator's choices. It was Tom Booker that made me stop the book, however. Dufris' comical rendition of the mid-western Horse Whisperer was distracting and, frankly, insulting. I'm not sure why a producer would have approved for a character with as much text as Tom Booker to be read so poorly.

Was The Horse Whisperer worth the listening time?

Yes, if you can find Peter Coyote's original recording in better quality.

Any additional comments?

I fully recommend The Horse Whisperer as a novel. I simply found William Dufris's version to be unlistenable.