The brooding hero, gypsy Jake Lovell, under whose magic hands the most difficult horse or woman becomes biddable, is driven to the top by his loathing of the darling of the show ring, Rupert Campbell-Black.
Having filched each other’s horses, and fought and fornicated their way around the capitals of Europe, the feud between the two men finally erupts with devastating consequences at the Los Angeles Olympics.
©1985 Jilly Cooper (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
I loved the story when I read it years ago and have just fallen in love with it all over again. The story is wonderfully descriptive and the narrating was excellent. overall it was a very enjoyable experience.
"One of my favouriates"
Love this book, full of horses, lust and intrigue. A must read for all. Most enjoyable.
This series of Jilly Cooper books is my guilty pleasure and I'm delighted to find Riders on audible. I'm loving it! I find the narrator very easy to listen to and her pace of reading is spot on. I'm very pleased this book is unabridged, while long at 30 hours it's great value with an audible membership - I just hope others like Polo, Rivals and Apassionata will follow!
"Wonderful!!! Riders perfect:)"
Love Jilly Cooper and the first of her Rutshire Chronicles is FANTASTIC:) I have long been a lover of Jilly's books and to be able to get this in digital audiobook format is a long awaited treat... BUT WHERE ARE THE REST? THERE ARE SO MANY MORE!!!! Please audible lets get going on this, get ALL of the chronicles, PLEASE NOW! Yours impatiently Jess x
"Vintage Jilly Cooper!"
Wow, this audio book was so good! Obviously light hearted - great to listen to on the journeys to & from work.
It's classic Jilly Cooper - if you've read any of her books & liked them, you'll love this audio book - extremely well read!
"The first and best!"
I've been reading and re-reading this for donkey's years in paper form, so was delighted to find it unabridged in Audible. Its kept me entertained for weeks in the car. The characters in this are brilliant, and they haven't become the caricatures that some of the later books portray. I have real love-hate feelings for most of the characters, and get drawn in every time.
A rattling good read - recommended!!
I could not stop listening to this - any opportunity I got to stick my headphones in! Having read a couple of the books from this series I am now dying to listen to them all in order. The narrator was great, great pace and characterisations.
I read this when I was in high school, about 17 years ago. I loved it then, and it was so wonderful to go back and listen to it again! I love the story, though sometimes a few too many one liners and quips, but otherwise just brilliant! Follows the road to the Olympics for the British show jumping team, with lots of up, downs, backstabbing and randy adventures along the way! Fingers crossed Polo will be made in to an audiobook soon - that was my favourite Jilly Cooper!!!
Accents were occasionally a little questionable but overall really loved this audio book. Was a little skeptical at first, as I'm a big fan of jilly and dint want my personal version messed with, but I really enjoyed this.
"Rupert Campbell Black - a man to make you smile"
I read this as a teenager and loved it. This was a revisit for me and it was fun.
Take it on face value - a fun romp with horses
Rupert. A very wicked man!!
Pleasant Uneven engaging
This is a true book of the 80s
Far from PC but fun and daring.
"I'd forgotten how much fun this was"
I'm not ashamed to say I've always loved Jilly's Rutshire chronicles, Rupert, Taggie and all the rest of the huge cast. Because the saga spread over so many years it's easy to re-read the later ones and overlook the start, and Riders is where it all began.
Gerri Halligan reads this beautifully, and the set pieces like Macaulay going for Rupert in the World Championship and the Olympic Gold in LA really come to life.
I'm sorry that Tory and Jake never figure strongly after this book because they both had the potential to follow through as interesting characters, but as by far the glaringly weakest spot in the whole book is the less than believable 'miracle recovery' for Tory that may be the reason.
So Audible, why are only the first in the series, Riders, and the latest, Jump, recorded? You can't include Wicked, it's abridged. Gerri Halligan gives a great performance and could more than cope with all the others. Where are Rivals, Polo, Score, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous and all the rest? Let's have Lysander, Rannaldini and all the other characters.... Please?
A good book but too many sexual scenes!...there are loads as the book goes on. Slightly slow to get into it but as it progresses, the story line gets better and better. The narrator is also good but as I said, it would have been better if I didn't have to turn it off/down on almost every chapter whilst the kids were about!
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