Riding Lessons : Annemarie Zimmer

  • by Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by Maggi-Meg Reed
  • Series: Annemarie Zimmer
  • 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As a world-class equestrian and Olympic contender, Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flight atop a strong, graceful animal. Then, at 18, a tragic accident destroyed her riding career and Harry, the beautiful horse she cherished.Now, 20 years later, Annemarie is coming home to her dying father's New Hampshire horse farm. Jobless and abandoned, she is bringing her troubled teenage daughter to this place of pain and memory, where ghosts of an unresolved youth still haunt the fields and stables - and where hope lives in the eyes of the handsome, gentle veterinarian Annemarie loved as a girl...and in the seductive allure of a trainer with a magic touch.But everything will change yet again with one glimpse of a white striped gelding startlingly similar to the one Annemarie lost in another lifetime. And an obsession is born that could shatter her fragile world.

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What the Critics Say

"So exquisitely written it's hard to believe that its also a debut." (Booklist)
"A moving story of loss, survival and renewal." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Painful to the ear

I was so excited when I saw another Sara Gruen novel available on Audible that I immediately downloaded this book. I didn't even bother to read any reviews of the book, a mistake I am not likely to make again. I recently listened to Water for Elephants, and it is one of my favorite books of all time. It is hard to believe that the same author wrote Riding Lessons. There is a great story surrounding the horses, and the first chapter is well written and certainly grabs your attention. However, the main character, Annemarie, quickly begins to get on your nerves. She is constantly making incredibly bad decisions, followed by hysterics when the decisions lead to undesired consequences. I didn't read the book, but the narrator's rendition of Annemarie's hysterics are truly painful to the ear. Many times during the 11 hours of the book, I had the urge to slap some sense into the non-existent Annemarie. The other people in her life are equally annoying, from her bratty daughter, to her withdrawn mother, and her ex-husband. All in all, I would save my audio credits for something else.
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- Pauline

Expected, plodding and generally boring

How many horse metaphors can you fit in one book? How many times can you hear the phrase 'took my breath away' before you begin to wonder if you've been reading the same chapter over and over again?

For the answers to these and many other sleep inducing questions please see "Riding Lessons". What this book lacks in originality is makes up for in dressage jargon. Here's the plot: Girl loves horse. Horse dies. Girl lives angry, horseless life. Gets divorced. Comes home. Finds redemption in ... you guessed it ... a new horse. Oh, and she also finds a good, handsome vet the sleep with. Wow.

If all that were not enough, even the tangential characters are drawn from central casting. Take for instance the whining, demanding, Jewish/doctor woman with a New York accent ... this minor character is so formulaic that it almost smacks of anti-Semitism.

Finally, if you like horses don't read this book. They deserve better.
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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2008
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books