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  • The Horse Whisperer

  • By: Nicholas Evans
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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In a snow-covered morning in upstate New York, a girl out riding her horse is hit by a 40-ton truck. Though horribly injured, both 13-year-old Grace and her horse Pilgrim survive. Annie, Grace's mother, refuses to have Pilgrim destroyed and hears about a man in Montana, a 'whisperer' who is said to have the gift of healing troubled horses. They set off across the continent to find him and there, under the massive Montana sky, all their lives are changed forever.
©1995 Nicholas Evans (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Heartbreakingly beautiful

I would have preferred the narrator to have a deeper voice to add gravitas to the story but overall I thought he read very well and evocatively. The story is just wonderful. I had seen the film but enjoyed listening all the same - prepare for a different ending, which is fitting.

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One of the best!

I read this book in the written form many years ago and loved it so much I kept it as one of my all time favourites.
Listening to it, didn’t diminish its value.
I became quite emotional in different places as it is sad story in many instances and if you are an animal lover it will touch your heart as well.
I could like all the characters except Dianne. She was unfulfilled by her life choices and was jealous of other people’s happiness,

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the Horse whisperer

I love this book and I will keep on playing on and on and on

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  • Vienna Merritt
  • 09-09-2015

Loved it💗

Always thought the movie was great but suspected the ending had been altered. Now I know.
Now I know these characters even more.
Love it even more now!

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  • Reginald Williams
  • 10-04-2019

Self Centeredness Destroys Marriages

Dufris does a fine job with Evans' unsettling story. Frankly, I find Annie to be one of the most unlikable heroines I have yet to experience in a post-WW2 novel. For all her talents and smarts, she is one unthinking, self centered, thoughtless, selfish person. She has to be to justify what she does in this story to her Husband (granted, not perfect himself,..but who is?) and Grace her daughter whose climatic reaction is scary, but totally understandable considering how betrayed she felt under such fragile mental circumstances. I found it despicable, and, as a man who loves marriage and embraces its challenges, Evans gives a story on "how not" to deal with "10+ marriage platitude." My message to you as you thumb through this head,-shaking story of a married woman with dangerously low self esteem: Affairs are NEVER justifiable no matter what, especially as a form of vindication marriage is for real problem solvers, not stupid people. Forgive...forgive...forgive...a sad story.

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  • shopguy
  • 26-04-2021

Meh

Prefer narrators not do voices - esp a deep-voiced man doing a teenage girl. Also, not all people from western states talk like hicks.

I finished only out of curiosity. I don’t like sad endings - tho that might just be me.

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  • Douglas
  • 10-10-2009

A qualified review...

I barely give this book four stars. When it is good, it is very, very good--and it is mostly that. But it has some really glaring flaws.

1) It often lapses into schmaltz and there is almost never a moment that isn't charged with emotion--this often rings false.

2) Plenty of reader-baiting (knowing references to the election of Nixon, an elbow thrown at Reagan, subtle smug shots at anything from Arkansas rednecks to Montana preachers).

3) Obvious symbols worthy of Hawthorne--the severed wing, the twin rivers...oh, just too many to name.

4) A case or two of gross and unnecessary vulgarity (the talk show host...and "liposuction")

5) And the biggest flaw of all--that Evans caves in (as though already envisioning the chick flick movie) and writes a romance instead of a more interesting mother/daughter story. And the fact that Robert is a loving father and devoted husband makes Annie and Tom just flat horrible in their relationship with each other. (No. 5 just nearly drops this down to three stars.)

In short, a book that COULD have been great, say, in the hands of Steinbeck.

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  • Emms217
  • 13-06-2021

Voice got to me.

I was really enjoying this book, but the narrators voice really bugged me. It was mostly when he did certain characters like Grace. Normally I'll stick it out but with this one I couldn't stand it any longer. I returned it and got the other recording of the horse whisperer instead. I'm enjoying that one much more - almost finished!

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  • Kat
  • 06-04-2021

Absolutely Loved It!

Great Story and Well Read!!
Not just a Story of Triumph over Tragedy but a Story of Love and Passion...

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  • William Dutiel
  • 30-03-2021

foul language

I have only listened for a few minutes. I hate foul language. there is no need for it and there wasn't any in the movie. won't continue listening.

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  • Denise R Kolden
  • 01-03-2021

Starts slow but ends well.

I had to reread a few parts but when I did, it was well worth it. Very touching book and it taught me to never give up on something that has no hope. Loved the story..

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  • Dianne Connors
  • 21-06-2020

My favorite book of all time forever

As a person who owns horses and rescues them from the beyond ~ I watch their souls come to life again ~ this was a favorite story of mine ~ the movie was twice as good

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-2020

enjoyed completely

Loved it. actually not what I was expecting. drew me in & kept me captivated. very good narrator

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  • Jessica
  • 14-07-2011

A poignant tale

The Horse Whisperer is a beautiful descriptive story that is very well worked and gently woven together. In the manner of true penmanship the author encourages the reader to form emotional ties and develop familiar relationships with the story’s characters, which are excellently created and brilliantly portrayed.


It is a tale that expresses the human condition and our basic need for love, healing and acceptance and how that which is thought to be damaged and broken beyond repair can be the catalyst in completing the circle of life as we know it to be.

Never a dull moment to be had as this book sweeps the reader away upon a tumultuous, emotional and entertaining journey that any one can identify with

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  • A. B. Frost
  • 07-03-2009

One Of The Best I've Read.

The author's descriptions are so vivid, so absolutely beautiful, from the breath taking views of Montana to the characters, their feelings and situations!
His portrayal of the romantic scenes left me feeling I'd witnessed it all and longing for those same situations and surroundings.
One RealHeartstring grabber of a book!

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  • Endlessly
  • 06-04-2018

Love the story, but the narrator spoils it...

I tried and tried, but the narrator’s voice for the women sounded loud, annoying and camp, and he made the male characters sound like arrogant, rude idiots. I gave up.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-2019

Loved it

Loved the book and the film, so I knew I would love listening to this. I wasn't disappointed.

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  • Jamickle
  • 04-08-2017

Take your pick novel / movie

Revisited the movie and was interested to read book. both great. movie deviates more towards end of story and can see why Redford chose his own way. Either way love both. Narrator excellent , made experience all the more enjoyable

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  • Suzanne
  • 12-02-2020

Life is never black or white

A powerful story that reminded me that all people have flaws and strengths in their character, they make us what we are today. A great story that is read really well. I struggled to turn it off at bedtime it was so good.

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  • LAURA
  • 04-02-2020

This was heading for a 4-5*, but...

I was really enjoying this book, aided by William Dufris's fantastic narration, (unfortunately all too rare in my experience with Audible,) then we got to the sex scenes, which I found a bit cringeworthy, not because of being prudish, I thought it was just badly written, and lacking passion, but no big deal. Then, the whole book was utterly spoilt by a most ridiculous, laughable, cop-out final chapter, it was as if the author couldn't find a suitable ending, for what was quite a beautiful sensitive story, so just went BANG, that will do! and for good measure, I'll just add another really silly post ending bit of nonsense! What a shame.

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  • Mes. C.M.Batson
  • 24-10-2018

The Horse Whisperer

Evans' eloquent and mitilayer narrative makes this story both heartt breaking and beautiful, loved it!

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  • Jolyon
  • 05-03-2018

great story

this is a lively story which has some wonderful interwoven themes. the main linking of the central love story is believable and develops smoothly throughout

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  • Sarah
  • 23-06-2017

would listen to it all over again

really enjoyed it, some shocks some predictable moments. but I definately would recommend listening to it

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