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Riding Lessons

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I love this book. I read it in two days, during and after attending a clients dressage competition. I also called my mother 'Mutti' (I was born and raised in Germany until I was 18 years old). The 'Mutti' in the book is so totally how I remember my 'Mutti' (my Mutti p...
I love this book. I read it in two days, during and after attending a clients dressage competition. I also called my mother 'Mutti' (I was born and raised in Germany until I was 18 years old). The 'Mutti' in the book is so totally how I remember my 'Mutti' (my Mutti passed away in March of 2007)that it made me want to cry and laugh all at the same time. I have been in the USA for over 40 years and I know how hard this business is, but the rewards of being around these animals. Their unconditional love, their spirit and their ability to let me forget any problem I might have encountered during my work day is soon forgotten when I am on the back of my horse.

posted by Anonymous on March 2, 2008

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3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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If you'd like to read this based on your appreciation for Water for Elephants, you could skip it. I loved WFE but this book was like dealing with a depressed person who refuses to take their medication; completely frustrating.

Annemarie Zimmer the lead character is n...
If you'd like to read this based on your appreciation for Water for Elephants, you could skip it. I loved WFE but this book was like dealing with a depressed person who refuses to take their medication; completely frustrating.

Annemarie Zimmer the lead character is not very likeable. She broke her neck, recovered, gave up horses completely, left the guy who loved her, married an idiot and spent the last 20 years of her life living like a zombie.

Gruen spends an inordinate amount of time portraying Zimmer, who's 38, as a washed up, middle aged, has been. All of the people past age 38 will be happy to know that you should all just pick a building and jump because your life is over.

Gruen never gives any of the in the book enough dimension that you actually care what happens to them. It was a good outline but it never made it past the idea phase. The lead character spends her time fighting with her daughter, her parent's clients, her husband, her lover, her mother, and her dying father. There were moments where you were trying to feel something but it always fell flat.

I really disliked this book and feel that it used up a few hours of my life that I will never get back.

posted by 1455408 on June 10, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Unfortunate surprise!

    The first 150 pages or so kept me intrigued, a mystery was developing. Then poof, the author started another book and attached it as the end of the original story. It took me a full week to finish the last 47 pages.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    Not worth listening to

    Unfortunately, my first exposure to Sara Gruen was listening to an MP3 rendition of 'Riding Lessons'. This Anne Marie character whinned and carried on so much I could not sympathize with the woman at all! Grow up already! I don't know if it was the narrator's reading of the book or if the book was just that bad. I don't think I would have liked it either way. The story line was just so so and the main character was not likeable at all. The only interesting thing I got from the book was the existance of brindle horses. I did a google search just to look at one, but that's about it.

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

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    Disappointing

    I read Flying Changes first and really liked it. You don't need to read Riding Lessons first and if I had I probably wouldn't have gotten to the better of the two books.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

    Skip It

    I haven't read Water for Elephants by the same author yet, but this book certainly doesn't make me want to do it. A typical chick-lit book with a horse-focused plot, there is nothing original or exciting about the book. With so many good books out there, there is no need to waste time on this one.

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