Saving Baby

  • by Jo Anne Normile, Lawrence Lindner
  • Narrated by Gabra Zackman
  • 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"If we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt." (Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty)
Jo Anne Normile was not supposed to keep the foal, an exuberant Thoroughbred with only a few white hairs on his reddish-brown forehead. But she fell in love with the young horse, who had literally been born into her arms. The breeder finally said she could keep the colt, whom she nicknamed "Baby" - but only if she raced him. It was difficult to take Baby away from the safety of his pasture. But Normile had made a promise. Besides, horseracing had always come across as a glamorous blend of mint juleps and celebrity, of equine grace and speed. It was a vision she found appealing. And she fell hard for it, this "Sport of Kings". She experienced a thrill every time Baby sprinted around the track, edging out other horses. But the magic that enchants is a veneer. For every Seabiscuit, there are tens of thousands of racehorses whose lives end in pain and despair, with indifference and corruption that runs rampant through the world of horse racing. Normile knew none of this. Not until an accident on a poorly maintained track. That's when everything changed. That's when Normile founded the most successful horse rescue in the country, an organization that would go on to save more horses than anyone else ever had. That's when she knew she had no other choice.
Saving Baby is Jo Anne Normile's story of perseverance and passion. A heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming audiobook, it testifies to the transcending power of hope, and the unshakeable bond of love.

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Excellent and informational book

I found this book to be excellent read, with great information about what really happened to those horses that aren't fortunate enough to be at the top of the sport. As an owner of 3 CANTER horses from Michigan and several more off-the-track thoroughbreds hich i was able to purchase directly through racing trainers because of Joanns contribution to this sport . I am so thrilled that Joanne wrote this book to get the message out about this organization.
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- Nicole Arrandale

Not a horse lover, but loved this book

I've never been one of the girls like JoAnne who longed for a horse. I mostly picked this up as research for my students, but I was completely swept away. I wept I was so moved. I'm recommending this book to everyone.

The performance, I have to say, may have been what sold the book. It was absolutely stunning and made me fall in love with all of the characters, but especially the horses.
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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios