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1 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 09-12-03

Abridged = Awful

I wanted to listen to this unabridged - everyone was raving about it - and finally I succumbed to the abridged version offered by Audible. I like Campbell Scott as a narrator, but felt like I was hearing a bookjacket as he read through one obvious hokey abridged plot point after another, with transitions like, "It took ten years to bring these two together...." and finally I switched it off. I then saw the movie, which was great, but now everyone says the book was so much better - the UNABRIDGED book. I'm off to read it in bits and snatches of spare time, since unfortunately it is still not available here unabridged. This is the LAST abridged audio I will ever buy.

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51 of 52 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jim on 12-17-02

One For The Roses

This was my favorite book of 2002. The story is amazing. You couldn't write better fiction than this true-life tale. Each of the characters; horse, jockey, trainer, and owner all provide heroic tales in their own respect. The author does such an incredible job describing the racing action that you can almost feel the ground rumble as the horses pound their way down the home stretch. The narration is also excellent, and this adds to the excitement. Before reading this book, I had never been to a horse race but after reading it, I had to go to the races just so I could experience it firsthand. Don't wait for the movie, this is a great book!

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23 of 24 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By June on 12-23-03

Yikes! ABRIDGED!!!!!!!

Tsk Tsk! Not only is this ABRIDGED, but the narration is pedestrian.

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14 of 15 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By reggie p on 08-25-03

only one complaint

This is a terrific story, wonderfully written and narrated, and I loved every minute of listening to it. In fact I couldn't stop listening. My only complaint is that it was an abridged version. I wanted more, lots more. But don't wait for the unabridged version which may never be available or you'll miss one of the best stories ever.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 02-16-03

Will Keep you Riveted

I knew nothing about horse racing when I first started on this book. But it doesnt' really matter - it's more of a story about personalities and a wonderful, gutsy horse. I was also rather astounded to learn the impact horse racing had on the general public in the late 30's. The Superbowl of the period. A great intro to audio books if you haven't listened to one yet. I agree with the one reviewer that it would be nice to see an unabridged version, as I heard in an interview with Laura Hillenbrand that only about 30% of the book is contained in the abridged version. Still, the narration is excellent, you will have tears in your eyes and you will be inspired to read the full book and see the movie this summer. Don't pass this one up!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

out of 5 stars
By JAMES L RICHARDS on 12-21-03

Want to see the movie

Good book, good reader.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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