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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of the heartbreak and healing power of family. New to a small town, Jackie and Paula envision a quiet life for their kids: a young adopted son and two teenage foster children, including the troubled Star. However, they quickly butt heads with their neighbor, Clementine, who disapproves of their lifestyle and is incensed when Star befriends her spirited horse, Comet. Haunted by past tragedy and unable to properly care for Comet, Clem nevertheless resents the bond Star soon shares with the horse. When Star disappears with Comet, the neighbors are thrown together - far too close together. But as the search for the pair wears on, both families must learn to put aside their animosity and confront the choices they've made and the scars they carry. Plumbing the depths of regret and forgiveness, The Language of Hoofbeats explores the strange alchemy that transforms a group of people into a family.
©2014 Catherine Ryan Hyde (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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5 out of 5 stars
By Chicago & Indiana Scientist/Gardener/Hiker on 05-22-15

Simple yet captivating story

I almost passed over this book because the premise seemed so simple. However from the first 5 minutes I could barely turn it off. The performance was excellent and the story had just enough unpredictable turns to keep my attention at a time when I was highly distractable. I expect I will remember it better than most of the 35-40 books I read and listen to each year.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-08-15

Well written story, narration falls short

The story itself is enjoyable, touching, and well paced. The narrators do an okay job with the adult voices, but the children's voices are difficult to listen to. The youngest child's voice is monotone and always shouting. The voice of the 13 year old boy sounds more like a middle aged man. A better narrator would have made this book a 5.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Beni Pardy on 01-27-15

Heart Warming Story

Would you listen to The Language of Hoofbeats again? Why?

Yes, because it is such a heart warming story

What other book might you compare The Language of Hoofbeats to, and why?

Safe Harbour, because of it's positive message about good over bad.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Clem going out to speak to Star for the first time after she gets out of hospital, seeing her asleep on Comet's back.

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

A family is made from love not the people in it.

Any additional comments?

This was a very heart warming story showing how a lesbian couple can take on damaged kids and help them, plus be a great asset to the community.

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