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The Grey Horse

Narrated by: Steve Coulter
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins

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Set against the colorful and magical backdrop of Ireland, The Grey Horse chronicles a time when the Irish people suffered under harsh English overlords who sought to destroy their culture and way of life. Into the Irish town of Carraroe, a magnificent, completely grey stallion appears. The horse brings with him the promise of better times and magical happenings, for he is actually the shape-shifted form of Ruairi MacEibhir, journeyed to such a time of danger in order to win the hand of the woman he loves.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-11-2012

One of my old favorites - now in Audio - Joy!!!

I have always loved horses, but there are not many authors that write horses well. They turn the horses into four legged people and lose the qualities that make the horse what they are. MacAvoy embraces all that is horse then interweaves her story through it. The characters are dimensional without being weighty; you meet them and know them and have a great time. It's like sitting down to lunch with a best friend - you just enjoy yourself and laugh and don't worry about who is saying what. When it's time to leave you are both in a wonder about where the time flew. This is what her books are like - you immediately immerse into her world and she totally makes it work! You don't even have to be a serious horse lover to enjoy this book, you will get it. But for those horse folks out there - you have to read this book and see what you have been missing! Rory totally rocks the pooka (horse fairy). The narrator did a great job too. I'm happy to see her other books being posted as well. Audible - you are awesome!

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  • Ellenaeddy
  • 20-03-2013

A good enough irish tale

The language is the largest pleasure here. The use of the words does echo Galway nicely. And the reader is familiar to them.
The pooka is a user friendly version, almost too clean for these days. I read this book when it came out and it has dated slightly, but it's still a lovely read.

I was just reading a book that's current young adult and thinking how very dark it was willing to go. This reminded me of a time when that was not true.

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  • Pennie Newman
  • 09-07-2019

a delightful story that I wished would never end.

such a delightful story full of interesting people with some fun unexpected plot twists and turns. unfortunately the reader does not pause in places where he should and makes the story more confusing then it needs to be. the first time through I was confused several times, but the story itself is so delightful that I have listened to it more times then I can tell, and since I now know the story well, I can get past the awkward reading. I wish the audiable engineers would even just go in and add adaquate pauses where needed. that alone would improve the listening experience. this is such a heartwarming story, it deserved a better reading.

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  • moorj
  • 17-10-2017

a Bit of Irish Magic too good to put down

The Grey Horse
R. A. MacAvoy
Narrator: Steve Coulter
This Story of the Grey Horse is a charming bit of Irish mythology, a touch of romance and a twist of mystery. The pastoral descriptions bring the beauty of the country side of Carraroe to life. Characters Rauiri MacEibhir our hero and the woman he has waited for and loves Mary with the dark hair gives the reader a charming and engaging romance. The horse family that takes Rauiri in an older couple, Anrai O Reachraire an his wife Aine are wonderfully developed supporting characters. Readers are quickly immersed in the life of an 1800’s village and all its inhabitants, gossip, and of course the horses. MacAvoy has a lovely touch bringing the life and magic alive. Definitely a book you can scarcely put down and can enjoy time and again. Steve Coulter’s voice brings the written word to life with wonderful depth.

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  • Terijo
  • 14-04-2014

This is an old favorite of mine

Would you consider the audio edition of The Grey Horse to be better than the print version?

No, not better. In fact it made it run faster than I would have liked. It is not a big story but a very endearing one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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  • Carrie
  • 25-11-2019

It just missed

It left too many loose ends. As a child I often pretended to be a horse and I expected more of what it was like to be both a horse and a man.

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  • Ruth Nielsen
  • 07-10-2019

Lovely story with a bit of fairy magic

I got this title on a whim because I love horse stories- but it’s even more of a combination of Irish history and politics woven into fairy tale and legend. The characters seemed true to what you would expect in a village and the mix of reality and imagination is nicely woven together. An enjoyable listen when you want something not too heavy or intense.

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  • Vicki Perizzolo
  • 02-10-2019

The gray horse

A great story...glad I read it. Probably would've passed but I read someone's review...enjoy it...you'll love Rory McGeever. Mary hisngirl and his horse. The neighbors are fun too.

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  • LAB
  • 22-08-2018

the ending fell short, but enjoyed the story

good story, love the horses and unexpected magical touch. the ending just fell short for me, so I gave it 4 stars. enjoyed the narrator.

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  • D. Hyndman
  • 30-08-2017

Enchanting

Having married into an Irish family and also owning a Connemara pony I was first intrigued by this book. It was a delightful listen and captivated my imagination and curiosity. My daughter enjoyed it thoroughly as well! The weaving of tails with truth where lines are blurred is delightful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-2014

excellent book. really enjoyed it

Would you consider the audio edition of The Grey Horse to be better than the print version?

Not necessarily better. But it helped understand how the old Gaelic was pronounced

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely Ruairi. A very likeable rogue. Full of mischief

Which character – as performed by Steve Coulter – was your favourite?

The horse

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Two moments. The end of the race. And after the capture of the little black king

Any additional comments?

You have to feel sorry for ruairi when they go to geld the grey horse