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This is a beautiful novel. I was struck by how perfectly the writer conveyed a moment or a feeling with a few stark words, and there is an honest and organic feeling to the story so that the reader can't predict where it will go. Between listening, I could not wait to get back to it, and when it was finished I spent a good, long time thinking about it.
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Short summary: The cruel and frequent animal abuse overshadows the story. It cannot be denied that Aryn Kyle is a talented newcomer. This book reads like a true memoir. In addition, the narrator is very talented and helped "set the tone" of the book. I was ever aware of how painfully real some of the familial interactions were when compared to my own life and the lives of others I've been privy to. That being said, and proper respect having been given to both the author and narrator, I wish I had more carefully read all of the other reviews. I was extremely overwhelmed by the prevalent, disturbing, and graphic theme of animal abuse present throughout the entire book. The abuse was not exclusive to just horses; dogs and cats were included as well. There were two scenarios: Either the animal abuse was literally an "in your face" part of the current section or it was there, patiently and silently simmering underneath as an understood just biding its time until stating it out loud was relevant to the section/part at hand. I was not able to enjoy the story for fear of when or how the next situation of animal abuse was going to leap out at me around the next corner. So consider this a blatant warning: If you are sensitive to any type of animal mistreatment (abuse, neglect, negative conditioning, etc.) do NOT listen to this book. You will regret it. The emotional pain and graphic images you will not be able to shake off for weeks to come is not worth the story itself which again, is a shame since this is a talented writer.
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