Following the death of her bullying husband, Etta Bancroft's selfish children move her to a village in the Cotswolds. One night, she discovers a filly, left to die in the snow. With help, Etta rescues the horse, and she and her friends form a syndicate to pay for her upkeep. As the horse recovers, she begins to show racing pedigree, so the syndicate enters her into a maiden hurdle - and are shocked at the result.
©2010 Jilly Cooper (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
Having greatly enjoyed the unabridged version of one of my old favourites Jilly Cooper's 'Riders' I was delighted to see her latest novel available by the same excellent narrator just before my holiday. It didn't disappoint - some great new characters and plenty of old ones and a brilliant story line - an ideal holiday companion. If you enjoyed 'Riders' I would highly recommend you buy this. Now we just need the rest of the unabridged Jilly back catalogue to come to Audible - 'Rivals' for starters please !
I believe i have read every Jilly Cooper novel. I have been disappointed over the years as they deteriorated, but there was still an element of fun in them. This one has nothing. Absolutely nothing. The characters are more unbelievable than ever, they have no charm, and there is no delight to be had in meeting them. There is not one redeeming feature in this book. I'm not sure that i even managed to get to the end, as i fell asleep for a while, it became so monotonous and boring. There seemed to be nothing but ill will throughout the book. If i can find a way to wipe it out of my Audible library, i will do so, as it is an embarrassment to keep seeing it there. Please do not waste your money on this book when there are so many others to choose from.
This was an absolutely brilliant book - and although it was very long it kept me riveted as I needed to find out what happened to each of the characters who became very real during the storytelling. Gerri Halligan is an excellent narrator who made each of the characters come alive - am looking forward to listening to more narrations by her.
As usual Jilly Cooper knows how to thrill and excite the reader/listener
If you read riders, skip this one, the story is weak at best and tends to try too hard, the issue is that it seems to try to live up to riders and frankly fails miserably, skip it and move on is the best advice I can give you.
Id recommend riders not jump
varied, convincing, easy listen
dear god no
Oh my god....is that the time?
Haven't read a Jilly Cooper book for ages.
Always a good read with plenty of laugh out loud comedy, unbeleivable characters that one cannot help but love, a good dose of sex and the typical Jilly Cooper romance between 2 unlikely characters
I will always happily listen to any of her books and was not disappointed by this. A nice 26 hours so you really feel like you get a credits worth.
A jolly good listen and well narrated
I just found the whole thing rather strange. The fact that the rape of a 15-year-old was pretty much brushed under the carpet didn't really sit well with me - funny that!
None of the characters are particularly likeable, which made it a bit difficult to invest in.
This is the first Jilly Cooper I have listed to having previously only read the books but not for a few years as I struggled with Score however this is fantastic and I have enjoyed being reunited with Rupert 💕 - now away to download Mount.
really enjoyed this and the narration was perfect. I was enthralled with it. I will definitely get more of these books.
I enjoyed the story, it was typically Jilly Cooper - laughter, tears and a happy ending.
The narration was rather flat. She didn't seem to engage with the story.
This story doesn't have the depth of earlier Jilly Cooper books but it's a good, entertaining read.
"Jumping over the top!"
A book for animal lovers.
Some terribly over the top bedroom scenes.
Dora Belvedon is performed as a great combination of jolly hockey sticks enthusiasm and gutter journalist.
The book goes for 27 hours!
Jilly Cooper is low-brow fiction, but she has a huge heart. Nothing is more important to her than human kindness.
"A fun book-enjoyable and really well read!"
Yes. A great, fun story.
Maybe condense it a little. It was long.
The performance was great.
Yes plenty of laughs.
"Always a good solid story with Jilly Cooper"
As always with Jilly Cooper storyies it was fun to read and kept me interested right till the end. Very enjoyable.
"I stand corrected"
After years of refusing to read Jilly Cooper after having friends reccomend it to me, I was suprised at how much I enjoyed this. Well narrated, and what a bunch of characters. But I particularly liked how the animals were bought to life in this novel.
This was quite a long audio book but it was never dull. There were lots of characters some sweat, some sexy, some obnoxious. Gerri Halligan did a good job with the voices making it a very easy book to listen to.
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