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The Horse Whisperer
The Horse Whisperer
Author: Nicholas Evans
Annie Graves desperately travels across a continent with her injured daughter to see Tom Booker, the one man who can calm wild horses with his voice and heal broken spirits with his touch, to help her daughter, the girl's savage horse, and her own wounded heart.
ISBN-13: 9780440222651
ISBN-10: 0440222656
Publication Date: 10/1/1996
Pages: 480
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  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 781 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 8
I resisted reading this for years. Years. I wrote it off as romance pap; nothing I'd be interested in.

Yet something made me pick it up, and I was amazed to find it is one of the best-written books I've ever encountered. Even now, all I need to do is think back and I can conjure up the mental images the book produced in me. And I've read probably two hundred books since then.

I say all this with one caveat: I never saw the movie. I strongly suspect I don't want to.
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Helpful Score: 4
The name is Tom Booker, his voice can calm wild horses, his touch can heal broken spirits. And Annie Graves has traveled across a continent to the Booker ranch in Montana, desperate to heal her injured daughter, the girl's savage house, and her own wonded heart. She comes for hope. She comes fo rher child. And beneath the wide Montana sky, she comes to him for what no one else can give her; a reason to believe....

This story was fasninating, moving, and a unexpected surpised ending. I gave this book a level 5+. Nicholas Evans is a great writer and will keep you wanting for more.
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Helpful Score: 3
By now, everyone has heard of this book. If you haven't read it, you should. If you are familiar with the "real" horse whisperer, then parts of this will not ring true, however, it is a great story that will definitely hold your interest. I think the book is much better than the movie. It is an original concept, a very moving story with a gripping, unexpected ending. I think this will become a classic horse story, a must read.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is almost magical. This will draw you into the characters' lives and leave you wanting more.
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Helpful Score: 2
One of my all time favs. I read it long ago and saw the movie years later. I must say the movie was okay, but the book was magical. Extremely good reading and very thought provoking.
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I read this for a TBR potluck challenge in my online book club, The Reading Cove. It started out engaging, but then took a wrong turn.

The opening scenes were gripping. Grace and her friend have a terrible horse riding accident, which also involves the driver of a big rig, named Wayne. He was featured as a focal character who would be a part of the entire book, but he abruptly disappears after the accident, leaving me to wonder why he was given so much page time to begin with...

Grace's mother Annie was a very unlikeable character. She was very emotionally self-centered and cold and unavailable to her husband and daughter. I disliked the way Grace's father, Robert, allowed her to railroad him much of the time. For an attorney in New York City, he was such a wimp in his marriage....

Which leads to Annie's affair with the title's namesake, the horse whisperer. Tom out in Montana. I won't go into too much here, but once Annie and Grace get to Montana (a move it seemed the Robert character would've pushed for more so than Annie's) the story descends into little more than a trite, contrived romance novel. I had zero interest in the development of Tom and Annie's affair...so the rest of the book fell very flat for me. And the ending was extremely rushed!

The healing of Grace and her horse, Pilgrim, was nice to see, but didn't get the page time the beginning of the novel had primed the reader for. So the story was off balance in that respect. I give it a C+.
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A superb well-written story that will hold your attention completely. The expression, "I found it impossible to put this book down" fits this story perfectly. You may want to keep some tissues handy as Evan's book will touch your heart as well as your mind.

If you plan to rent the video, don't do it until you've read the book which is SO much better. This is a book you'll want to refer to and share with good friends.
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Forget about the movie...the book is more intense. I was constantly turning the pages, wondering what would happen next. Part romance, part redemption, part drama....this is one of his best books, in my opinion. The ending blew me away...WOW!


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