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Horse Crazy

Narrated by: Sarah Maslin Nir
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins

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One of USA Today's "20 Summer Books You Won't Want to Miss"

In the best-selling tradition of works by such authors as Susan Orlean and Mary Roach, a New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist explores why so many people - including herself - are obsessed with horses.

It may surprise you to learn that there are over seven million horses in America - even more than when they were the only means of transportation - and nearly two million horse owners. Acclaimed journalist and avid equestrian Sarah Maslin Nir is one of them; she began riding horses when she was just two years old and hasn’t stopped since. Horse Crazy is a fascinating, funny, and moving love letter to these graceful animals and the people who - like her - are obsessed with them. It is also a coming-of-age story of Nir growing up an outsider within the world’s most elite inner circles, and finding her true north in horses.

Nir listeners into the lesser-known corners of the riding world and profiles some of its most captivating figures. We meet Monty Roberts, the California trainer whose prowess earned him the nickname “the man who listens to horses”, and his pet deer; George and Ann Blair, who at their riding academy on a tiny island in Manhattan’s Harlem River seek to resurrect the erased legacy of the African American cowboy; and Francesca Kelly, whose love for an Indian nobleman shaped her life’s mission: to protect an endangered Indian breed of horse and bring them to America.

Woven into these compelling character studies, Nir shares her own moving personal narrative. She details her father’s harrowing tale of surviving the Holocaust, and describes an enchanted but deeply lonely upbringing in Manhattan, where horses became her family. She found them even in the middle of the city, in a stable disguised in an old townhouse and in Central Park, when she chased down truants as an auxiliary mounted patrol officer. And she speaks candidly of how horses have helped her overcome heartbreak and loss.

Infused with heart and wit, and with each chapter named after a horse Nir has loved, Horse Crazy is an unforgettable blend of beautifully written memoir and first-rate reporting.

©2020 Sarah Maslin Nir (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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  • Barbara
  • 24-09-2020

Return to riding at 71 years old!

Loved the book and the presentation. I, also, am horse crazy. As a result of the book, I have started riding again. Thank you!

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  • lisa
  • 29-08-2020

Crazy About Horse Crazy

I am really enjoying this audiobook. I grew up horse crazy in NYC (Staten Island) so I can relate to the riding environment in NY and Long Island as a teen. I found ways to make it work despite the urban and non horsey parent obstacles. Owning horses and residing in Central NJ now, It’s fun to hear stories of shared horse show venues and veterinarians. This book goes a lot farther than our local area however. I appreciate the insights regarding holocaust survivors, and some less devastating topics such as Breyer horse collectors. Only up to chapter six, I don’t want to rush through the book , although one easily could. I want it to last because each story is so intriguing. The author does an excellent job of reading; it really adds to the sincerity of the topics.

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  • Andrea Larson
  • 27-08-2020

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The author's stories brought back my own memories and adventures with horses. You can feel the love in the pages and this horse crazy girl felt all of it

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  • Erin
  • 07-08-2020

Couldn't stop listening!

to have the author read her own book was a real treat - fluent in changing her accent based on the characters she has personally met and documented throughout her story. Whether or not you consider yourself a horse person this is a fantastic read, blending personal narrative with history and fascinating tales tied to her love of horses around the world.