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Blind Your Ponies Audiobook

Blind Your Ponies

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Sam Pickett never expected to settle in this dried-up shell of a town on the western edge of the world. He’s come here to hide from the violence and madness that have shattered his life, but what he finds is what he least expects. It seems that every inhabitant of this forgotten outpost has a story, a reason for taking a detour to this place—or a reason for staying.

As the coach of the hapless high-school basketball team, Sam can’t help but be moved by the bravery he witnesses in the everyday lives of people—including his own young players—bearing their sorrows and broken dreams. How do they carry on, believing in a future that seems to be based on the flimsiest of promises? Drawing on the strength of the boys on the team, sharing the hope they display despite insurmountable odds, Sam finally begins to see a future worth living.

Author Stanley Gordon West has filled the town of Willow Creek with characters so vividly cast that they become as real as relatives, and their stories—so full of humor and passion, loss, and determination—illuminate a path into the human heart.

©2011 Stanley Gordon West (P)2011 HighBridge Company

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    sarahmoose2000 09/05/2011
    sarahmoose2000 09/05/2011 Member Since 2017
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    "Pat Controy of Montana"

    The blurb at the side of this audiobook is vague and
    I'm here to tell you that it's a FAB, heartwarming
    tale, of small town Americana and cheering for the
    underdog.

    With a school of eighteen students, there is always
    great difficulty trying to man a basketball team; so
    when a foreign exchange student of 6'11 arrives, the
    town makes it their mission to teach him basketball
    and lift their spirits. We follow the gutsy boys and
    their teachers/mentors on their journey as they deal
    with growing up and just plain living.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Tracy
    Alberta, AB, Canada
    03/03/12
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    "Good Listen"

    The high school basketball team hasn't won a game in years. Town moral is down, school moral is down. A couple new students arrive at the high school, a tiny flicker of hope ignites. More then just basketball, the town has drawn people running away from past experiences. A good listen, feel good book with more going then just at the surface. Well narrated, well written. NOTE: I DISLIKE BASKETBALL, BUT ENJOYED THIS BOOK.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Doug Nelson
    06/07/15
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    "Feel good book"

    Is the story too good to be true? Maybe. But it held my interest for 19 hours. Heart warming? Yes. Alittle corny? Yes. If you're looking for a feel-good story, like Hoosiers, this is it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rita Solem
    05/10/16
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    "Basketball"

    I never thought I could love a book about basketball but I got so emotional about every game it brought me back to my days of keeping score for the team in my tiny high school. The author did such an amazing job of fleshing out all the characters in the story it really made you care about how their lives would turn out. There were so many side stories that they kept the time in the ball court from overwhelming me. I would love to think that this all happened just the way the author tells it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    saco, MT, United States
    18/01/14
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    "Great Montana story"
    Any additional comments?

    Like many stories this could have been just as good without the complete bedroom scenes. Could have recommended to younger readers if this was left out. It would have not changed the story.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Colleen Lanette Stockwell
    12/01/16
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    "Great story!"

    Love love love this book listen to it well we were driving did not want to stop. We even brought it into the motel room to listen to it. It is so good! After finishing it I started it over and listened to it with my mom. Great story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Parshall, ND United States
    21/10/12
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    "If you love class B boys basketball in the midwest"

    My hometown was Epping ND and they had a losing streak of over 90 games lost in Class B boys basketball in the 1960's. They went on to take second place in the state tournament in 1976 so I identified with this very small town and a team with no bench and the fact that boys basketball is king in these small towns. The narrator was a bit irritating at first but I grew to like him. Loved this story of life in a small town and how people rally to support the under-dogs. This story was fairly predictable but a good read to pass the time as I have been in the car a lot lately. I would definitely recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • i. Ski
    Duluth, Minnesota
    15/04/12
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    "A great story of triumph over insurmountable odds"

    Readers who have grown up in small towns will really identify with the story of this hapless, demoralized high school basketball team -- a reflection of the community as a whole. Each character in the story is well drawn and positioned to advance a more complex story than "small team triumphs over odds." Basketball fans will appreciate the strategies used by the coach to keep the team (or remnants of it) on the court and in the game. Fans of interpersonal/family dynamics will appreciate the back-stories of pivotal characters. The only thing that didn't fit for me was the title, which to me is gruesome, even if it is only a metaphor for some of the tensions in the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vicki
    Montpelier, VA, United States
    01/03/17
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    "An unending basketball game full of cliches"

    This book is about human redemption and is therefore set in a small town full of misfits like the island of misfit toys in the Christmas classic. I didn't mind the characters or even the basic story line but this book needed some serious editing. It's set in small town Montana and it seems everyone ended up there for some very sad reason and it includes every cliched character you can imagine: man distraught over his wife's murder, woman distraught over her lost daughter, handicapped daughter, abused teen boy, boy sent there to live with Grandmother while his parents build new lives for themselves, brothers with a long and unpleasant past and a lot of other people just trying to get by in a place with no opportunities and a crummy high school basketball team.
    This year they decided to field a team of only 6 for the last time and we are regaled with the game action for almost every game of the season. Throughout the season we find out what's wrong with everyone as they all rally behind the basketball team after they get their first win in 5 years.
    I listened through the tedium of all those basketball games hoping to find out what eventually happened to everyone. We sort of get an answer with the 2 mail characters but everyone else is left hanging on the bus ride home after the last game of the season.
    All in all it was a disappointing book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L
    16/12/16
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    "Great listen really enjoyed."

    Wonderful wand well told story.
    Felt like I was there watching from the sideline not just the games but all the story.
    As a coach it's it's nice to see victory where thee never is.
    Wish we would have had the lives of the characters after the victory. Grandma death, what did Peter do? Sam and Diane, fate of the restaurant, money under the bed? You know all the loose ends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    CHILOQUIN, OR, United States
    07/08/12
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    "Redemtion in a Backwater"

    I've been to Montana and I've been to Willow Creek and Three Forks - because the railway runs through it and I've operated my speeder on that piece of rail. It was wonderful to imagine this story in that spectacular setting. I could well imagine the cast of characters SG West presents and the way a community would rise above their many differences and grow together towards a more confident citizenry. Sports was the vehicle but it was not the story. The story for me was about the power of unconditional love and how the right words at the right time can change the storyline of a person's life and a community's well-being.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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