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Chosen by a Horse Audiobook

Chosen by a Horse: How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart

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Publisher's Summary

The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn't be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead, Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan's life. This gentle creature, malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection, had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous. It seemed fated that she would come into Susan's paddock and teach her how to embrace the joys of life despite the dangers of living.

©2006 Susan Richards; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is a bracing and likable book, highly recommended for backyard horsewomen and their admirers." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Sweet Book"

    This is a heartbreaking and yet wonderful story of a lady and her horse....... it is a must read for any horse lover

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Y 16/08/2016
    Y 16/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Bittersweet account of pet ownership"

    Whilst this book will generally appeal to horse devotees, it is an account of pet ownership of more elderly animals and the trials and tribulations that goes along with it. It was an enjoyable listen and the narrator was very good. Worth a listen but you may need industrial quantities of tissues to hand

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angel 16/07/2016
    Angel 16/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "very sad"

    very sad and upsetting, the story portrayed the bond between horse and human very well. slightly annoying how 43 years of age is repeatedly referred to as old..the references to the age of the lady in the book would of been more appropriate for a seventy year old, very well narrated.

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    Tina 01/05/2016
    Tina 01/05/2016
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    "Great book if you love horses"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you love horses you will enjoy this book but have tissues out


    What did you like best about this story?

    Was about horses, sad but good


    What does Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Her love of horses


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

    Yes if I had time


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    Stephanie 17/11/2014
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    "Lovely"

    but it made me cry...I was making soup, chopping veg, listening, and reaching for the kitchen roll...

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    DMac17 UK 04/08/2014
    DMac17 UK 04/08/2014

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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Chosen by a Horse in three words, what would they be?

    Three words wouldn't be enough. It was a beautiful tale of a women finding a horse and herself over a number of years. It was an honest and beautifully revealing journey that didn't dwell on the trials and tribulations, but chose to see the majesty and opportunity for progression.


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

    What made the book for me was the authors honest appraisal of her tough journey and the human capacity to learn and move forward. Also, the story was engaging throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    The best narration I've heard. The intonations were heartfelt and carried you through all the emotions of the story

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  • A User
    15/03/10
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    "If you love"

    If you love horses read this book,
    If you love animals read this book,
    If you love or want to, read this book
    If you are hurt from a loss you must...
    Read this book!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Deanna
    Hogansville, GA, USA
    03/03/10
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    "Loved, loved, LOVED this book"

    As a lover of horses, this book called to me. I recommended it to all my horse-loving and non-horse-loving (don't understand those people at all!) friends. The narrator was spectacular. I thought it must surely be the author reading her own story, though I found out later it was not. The feeling with which it was read was so very genuine. I related to this story in so many ways, I felt as if I were experiencing this book, and by the time there was only half an hour left, I was sobbing so hard, I had to stop listening. My husband was even fighting back tears. By the next morning, we felt we had the strength to finish the story....we finished it. I cried some more. And immediately recommended it to everyone that I know. A wonderful story beautifully told.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • shirley K. Bigham
    07/03/08
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    "tear jerker"

    I cried and braced myself for more crying at this wonderfully written story about the absolute love an animal gives us even tho the animal has suffered beyond words. I felt every emotion as I read through this soul pounding, God bless the horses, and the people who did not know each other but came together for the good of the animal. Get out the kleenex on this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sanni
    Numminen, Finland
    24/01/12
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    "More than a horse tale"

    Quite different story than I expected. Very well narrated, the voice of the narrator fits well on the character. The story makes you think; despite our messy past, we should see the future as an opportunity.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Bill
    Atlanta, GA
    03/03/10
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    "A wonderful story for anyone who loves animals"

    As one who has a soft spot for all animals, this is a touching story of a woman's efforts to befriend an abused horse, and later, to heal it. Even after finishing the audible book, I continued to think about Lay Me Down, the horse, and the mystical hold that animals have over our lives.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • B. Jackson
    Arizona
    05/07/12
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    "A great story..."

    Loved the writing, the humor and detail were perfect and really created wonderful images for the listener/reader. However, the narrator's voice was pretty "over-the-top" theatrical, in my opinion. Richards' writing voice is so honest and straightforward, it did not seem a good match with the narrator's.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    21/06/12
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    "A true story of friendship"

    I loved this book so much. I cried while listening to it on my way home and people were concerned. It was very touching and a beautiful book to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darkon IV
    03/12/11
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    "Predictable yet Heartwarming"

    Listened to this warm yet raspy story while on vacation in the Smokey Mountains this summer. A fitting story for the scenery and surroundings I thought even if my wife and I did find ourselves silent fighting off the emotional wash of tears, understanding, and sympathy. For the pet lover and caretaker in me, it was as much about the broken horse as it was the author's broken heart, life, and tested will. Yes, Murphy's 3rd Law (S#!& Happens) fully applies and makes the whole story at first seem to be a "woe is me" tale but it quickly hits home to the listener/reader that there really is heart, loss, and soul wretched personal emotional trauma that is put on display. It takes a strong will to keep getting up when life loves to do nothing but keep putting you down yet when these two mammals meet it is a resounding reminder of how spoken language is so over rated and how a look, an action, a sound and even behavior is a universal language between souls where no other language exists.

    I won't call it my favorite book. I can't even say if I would listen to it again, although very likely. However, I feel that I am a better person for having "read" it if only to be reminded that we are most, if not all, awash in the same sea of life and should do our best to perform our duties as keeper of this great blue marble and its multitudes of all its inhabitants.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Muriel
    Fall Creek, WI, United States
    03/06/09
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    "Wonderful"

    Wonderful, heartwarming story and Lorna Raver narrated it beautifully.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Casey
    29/02/16
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    "A "Must Choose" for any Animal Lover"
    Would you listen to Chosen by a Horse again? Why?

    Yes! And I don't typically re-read books because there are far too many, and such little time. But this one would be an excellent "cozy up and read again" option.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lay Me Down... while most might say Susan, I think Lay Me Down tells the best portions of this story.


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    Susan. There is SO MUCH reliability in this character. Any woman can recount her own versions of Susan's past, and any young girl can tell you she has hopes and dreams not unlike those of Susan.


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

    I laughed, mostly at Lay Me Down's antics (and those of the other horses in the pasture), but also at Susan's blunt, truthful reactions to the world. And of course, whenever there is a horse involved in any story, there is likely to be some tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as "Saving Baby," but very, very, very good nonetheless. Well written, very well read, and an excellent reminder of what's important in this world. Highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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