The Horse God Built

  • by Lawrence Scanlan
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Horse God Built, best-selling equestrian writer Lawrence Scanlan has written a tribute to an exceptional man that is also a backroads journey to a corner of the racing world rarely visited. As a young black man growing up in South Carolina, Eddie Sweat struggled at several occupations before settling on the job he was born for - groom to North America's finest racehorses. As Secretariat's groom, loyal friend, and protector, Eddie understood the horse far better than anyone else. A wildly generous man who could read a horse with his eyes, he shared in little of the financial success or glamour of Secretariat's wins on the track, but won the heart of Big Red with his soft words and relentless devotion. In Scanlan's rich narrative, we get a groom's-eye view of the racing world and the vantage of a man who spent every possible moment with the horse he loved, yet who often basked in the horse's glory from the sidelines. More than anything else, The Horse God Built is a moving portrait of the powerful bond between human and horse.

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What the Critics Say

"This volume bulges with insight into and sensitivity toward the world of Thoroughbred horse racing." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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How many times can you say the same thing

Would you try another book from Lawrence Scanlan and/or Joe Barrett?

probably not after listening to this book


What was most disappointing about Lawrence Scanlan’s story?

The book constantly repeated the same information about the groom Eddie Sweat and didn't really spend much time on Secretariat.


What didn’t you like about Joe Barrett’s performance?

Can't blame the reader for a poorly written book.


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- Philip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio