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Riders

By: Jilly Cooper
Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
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Summary

The brooding hero, gypsy Jake Lovell, under whose magic hands the most difficult horse or woman becomes biddable, is driven to the top by his loathing of the darling of the show ring, Rupert Campbell-Black.

Having filched each other’s horses, and fought and fornicated their way around the capitals of Europe, the feud between the two men finally erupts with devastating consequences at the Los Angeles Olympics.

©1985 Jilly Cooper (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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At last!

This series of Jilly Cooper books is my guilty pleasure and I'm delighted to find Riders on audible. I'm loving it! I find the narrator very easy to listen to and her pace of reading is spot on. I'm very pleased this book is unabridged, while long at 30 hours it's great value with an audible membership - I just hope others like Polo, Rivals and Apassionata will follow!

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Wonderful!!! Riders perfect:)

Love Jilly Cooper and the first of her Rutshire Chronicles is FANTASTIC:) I have long been a lover of Jilly's books and to be able to get this in digital audiobook format is a long awaited treat... BUT WHERE ARE THE REST? THERE ARE SO MANY MORE!!!! Please audible lets get going on this, get ALL of the chronicles, PLEASE NOW! Yours impatiently Jess x

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The first and best!

I've been reading and re-reading this for donkey's years in paper form, so was delighted to find it unabridged in Audible. Its kept me entertained for weeks in the car. The characters in this are brilliant, and they haven't become the caricatures that some of the later books portray. I have real love-hate feelings for most of the characters, and get drawn in every time.
A rattling good read - recommended!!

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Bush, rape, punch

Vapid two dimensional characters, most of which I disliked, some were ok at best.
I’m still confused about what compelled me to keep listening.
Initially I thought excessive use of the word bush was the worst thing about this book, then there was the rape scene and the part where the protagonist beats his wife

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Vintage Jilly Cooper!

Wow, this audio book was so good! Obviously light hearted - great to listen to on the journeys to & from work.
It's classic Jilly Cooper - if you've read any of her books & liked them, you'll love this audio book - extremely well read!

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Awful and dated

As this started I was interested and thought it had potential. However as it went on I found the characters completely unlikeable. You’ve got to like at least one to get through a book. The men are all a**holes and utterly self centred (did people really swoon over these types of men in the era when this was written?!) As for the women - what a bunch of doormats with no self respect. No wonder the men walk all over them and cheat when the women can’t even learn to love themselves enough to demand more from a man. It’s horrendously depressing. It’s supposed to be a fluffy soap opera I think but it just left me feeling icky inside and with a perpetual frown on my face. I couldn’t even finish the book so I searched google to find out what happened (and then was grateful I didn’t carry on because the plot doesn’t get any better). I think the author’s style and scenes could work really well, but the characters were completely off.

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Rupert Campbell Black - a man to make you smile

What did you like most about Riders?

I read this as a teenager and loved it. This was a revisit for me and it was fun.
Take it on face value - a fun romp with horses

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rupert. A very wicked man!!

What three words best describe Gerri Halligan’s voice?

Pleasant Uneven engaging

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Rider up!

Any additional comments?

This is a true book of the 80s
Far from PC but fun and daring.

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I'd forgotten how much fun this was

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I'm not ashamed to say I've always loved Jilly's Rutshire chronicles, Rupert, Taggie and all the rest of the huge cast. Because the saga spread over so many years it's easy to re-read the later ones and overlook the start, and Riders is where it all began.

Gerri Halligan reads this beautifully, and the set pieces like Macaulay going for Rupert in the World Championship and the Olympic Gold in LA really come to life.

I'm sorry that Tory and Jake never figure strongly after this book because they both had the potential to follow through as interesting characters, but as by far the glaringly weakest spot in the whole book is the less than believable 'miracle recovery' for Tory that may be the reason.

So Audible, why are only the first in the series, Riders, and the latest, Jump, recorded? You can't include Wicked, it's abridged. Gerri Halligan gives a great performance and could more than cope with all the others. Where are Rivals, Polo, Score, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous and all the rest? Let's have Lysander, Rannaldini and all the other characters.... Please?

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Very enjoyable

Accents were occasionally a little questionable but overall really loved this audio book. Was a little skeptical at first, as I'm a big fan of jilly and dint want my personal version messed with, but I really enjoyed this.

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Brilliant version

I've read this book a couple of times before, firstly in my teens when it was being passed around as we giggled over the more saucy scenes. Re-reading this book, I am reminded just how much I enjoy the story and how it is definitely not just about the sex!
In addition to this, the narration increased my enjoyment of the book even more, Gerri Halligan giving a new depth to the characters and making me see some of them differently to how I had when I had read the book previously.
I love that this version is unabridged, as well as being very good value for members it is always good to hear the book in full as the author intended.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, and now join other reviewers in a cry to have the following books in the same format - who do we need to petition?!?

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