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The Horse Whisperer

Narrated by: William Dufris
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
5 out of 5 stars (14 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-2019

I lovr this book

I lovr this book it makes me want to read it again and again. I want to watch the movie again as well.

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  • Rand
  • 23-04-2019

Incredible story

As a horseman, I appreciate the accuracy of the scenes with horses. As an avid reader I loved each turn of phrase and every carefully maneuvered plot twist. A masterful weaving of a love story with a stable as the stage.

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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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  • Dale LaRue
  • 13-03-2018

Great Story, Terrible Rendition

Would you try another book from Nicholas Evans and/or William Dufris?

I would not purchase another book read by William Dufris.

What did you like best about this story?

The Horse Whisperer has been a favorite audiobook of mine since I owned it on CD, narrated by the marvelous Peter Coyote.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Having long since misplaced my CD's of the original audiobook, I was disappointed to find the Audible.com version of Peter Coyote's recording in such bad quality. I settled for this version. While, at first, I did not particularly enjoy Dufris, I waited it out as one must do when listening to an unfamiliar narrator. However with the introduction of each new character I cringed at the narrator's choices. It was Tom Booker that made me stop the book, however. Dufris' comical rendition of the mid-western Horse Whisperer was distracting and, frankly, insulting. I'm not sure why a producer would have approved for a character with as much text as Tom Booker to be read so poorly.

Was The Horse Whisperer worth the listening time?

Yes, if you can find Peter Coyote's original recording in better quality.

Any additional comments?

I fully recommend The Horse Whisperer as a novel. I simply found William Dufris's version to be unlistenable.

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  • TransVisionVamp3
  • 17-11-2017

this really is better than the movie

much more satifying than the movie was, but it really should have been read by a male and female narrator.

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  • Robb Miller
  • 19-04-2012

Good story.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story is a bit slow, but the reader does a great job with the material he has. The story is ultimately a good one. Enjoy!

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  • Terry Clearheart
  • 01-10-2013

Sophomoric story line, poor narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The come-on of the mysterious title, "Horse Whisperer" failed to deliver the satisfaction of a solid story. The story needed to develop its characters so the listener could understand why certain critical decisions were made. Too little was said about the "Horse Whisperer's" equestrian nuances and background regarding the command of his uncommon craft. The occasional insertions of romantic/sexual interludes were mostly gratuitous "Harlequin Romance Novel" style descriptions, hacked out to provide some perfunctory explanations of more important clues, to be revealed later in the story. Melodramatic ending, again diminished by the character underdevelopment of the "Horse Whisperer." I kept waiting for the story to redeem itself or pull itself out of the miasma, only to be sorely disappointed by the resolution in the end.

Has The Horse Whisperer turned you off from other books in this genre?

It has turned me off from any other future novels by this author. The genre shall stand for itself untainted, as there are both good and bad renditions by other authors and narrators.

What didn’t you like about William Dufris’s performance?

The narration was grating and disingenuous; the characters became a mix of overdone vaudevillian caricatures. I could hardly stand to hear the story unfold because of his over-exaggerated, irritating characterizations.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sad disappointment

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  • Emily
  • 08-04-2013

The book is worth reading, but avoid this narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book itself is enjoyable if a little cheesy, but listening to William Dufris narrate it almost ruins it. Every voice is a caricature of what it should be, especially Annie and Grace. It made me cringe. I had always trusted the narrations before, but this will teach me to listen to a sample.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

Almost anyone.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • mr douglas francis kennedy
  • 21-01-2016

Wonderful, engaging, brilliant story

There was nothing I disliked. Really good story, wonderfully told by the narrator, spellbinding, mesmerising!

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  • Susan
  • 04-05-2013

Great story

This is a great story and well told
Much better than the film, although the film is good.