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The Horse Whisperer

The Horse Whisperer

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by Nicholas Evans

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His 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 horse, and her own wounded heart. She comes for hope. She comes for her



His 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 horse, and her own wounded heart. She comes for hope. She comes for her child. And beneath the wide Montana sky, she comes to him for what no one else can give her: a reason to believe.

Editorial Reviews

Michiko Kakutani
A sappy romance novel, gussied up with some sentimental claptrap about the emotional life of animals and lots of Walleresque hooey about men and women. About the only thing missing is a picture of Fabio on the cover.... Mr. Evans has absolutely no feel for the landscape he is describing and even less insight into his characters....It's a measure of this abysmal novel's deficiencies that Pilgrim the horse emerges as the deepest and most conflicted character in the book. Which is something you expect to find in a children's animal story, not in an over-hyped fable for adults. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Screenwriter Evans's debut novel spent 38 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
Library Journal
While riding her horse Pilgrim on a snowy Saturday morning, young Grace Graves is involved in a horrible accident. She and the horse survive, but she loses a leg and Pilgrim becomes unmanageable. Annie, Grace's mother, senses that if Grace is to recover completely her horse must recover, too. When medicine and other traditional treatments fail to tame the horse, Annie moves Grace and Pilgrim to Montana in order to be near Tom Booker, a legendary figure who is rumored to be able to whisper sanity back into the minds of troubled horses. Tom works wonders for Pilgrim and Grace. Inevitably, Annie falls under his spell, and her marriage and family are put in opposition to her consuming love for Tom. This emotionally wrenching tale, read by Peter Coyote, is recommended for popular collections. M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Providence.
George Needham
The advance ballyhoo about this first novel, as well as the huge advance paid to its author, screenwriter Nicholas Evans, is more than enough to make the skeptical reader wince. Hold back those winces if you can, because this is a book of rare power and beauty, a story told simply but elegantly. Teenager Grace Maclean loses a leg in a terrible accident while riding her horse, Pilgrim. Grace and Pilgrim are both emotionally scarred as well as physically devastated by the accident. Realizing that the fates of her daughter and the horse are inextricably linked, Grace's mother, high-powered editor and journalist Annie Graves, launches an all-out campaign to find a "horse whisperer," someone who can cure troubled horses with only a calm voice and a soothing touch. She finds her savior in Tom Booker, a man well known in equestrian circles for his almost mystical skills with horses. Annie packs up Grace and Pilgrim, leaves Grace's father with his law practice in New York, and moves to Montana to try to convince the horse whisperer to help them. Most of the novel describes Tom's work to rebuild all the lives that have been shattered by the accident. Inevitably, love blossoms between the gentle horseman and the uprooted sophisticate, a love with both wonderful and tragic consequences. Expect this outstanding novel to be the talk of the season: it has a 600,000-copy first printing, and Robert Redford has already bought the movie rights for a cool $3 million. The numbers are remarkable, to be sure, but the most remarkable thing about this book is that it actually earns the great popularity it seems destined to enjoy.
From the Publisher
“Compelling . . . a real page-turner.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Gripping . . . a compelling portrait of three people who love each other but can’t break through the self-created walls that keep them apart.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Fascinating . . . moving . . . a big, engrossing book [with] an unexpected ending that surprises mightily.”—Los Angeles Times
“Brilliance pervades this five-handkerchief weepie.”—The Times (London)

“Outstanding . . . a book of rare power and beauty.”—Booklist

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Meet the Author

Nicholas Evans studied law at Oxford University after serving in Africa with the Voluntary Service Overseas. He then studied journalism and worked as a newspaper reporter, television producer, and screenwriter before writing four bestselling novels. The Horse Whisperer, his first book, was made into a celebrated movie directed by Robert Redford. He lives in Devon with his wife, singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gish i noticed the curse words too! But i just ignored them cause im used to it. This book does get a little gross at times but other than that i thought this book was really great. I thinl the author did a great job in discribing, i could really picture the stuff in my head. I HIGHLY RECEMEND THIS BOOK?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only got the sample of this book, but right away I noticed this book has a LOT of curse words. I'm a high school student, so I hear them all the time, but I prefer not to have to read five in one sentence of my book, especially when they are not even neccessary. I noticed the other reviews didn't say anything about it, so if you're younger or don't like curse words, I wouldn't read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story kept my interest the entire time. The characters were developed so that you can feel there emotions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is called The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. It¿s about a girl, her horse, an accident and the recovery. The girl is Grace and her horse¿s name is Pilgrim. One morning after snow has just fallen, she and her friend go on a trail ride. While out, her friends horse slips down a slope and crashes into Grace, all four of them falling into the road. A truck coming down the road tries to stop but can¿t in time. Grace¿s friend and her friend¿s horse both die in the accident. Grace lives, is in a coma for awhile and has to get part of her leg cut off. Pilgrim is almost put down but Annie, Grace¿s mom won¿t let them. His wounds eventually heal but he is emotionally scarred. Grace has recovered enough to go home by Christmas. Pilgrim is also moved back to his stable, but lashes out at anyone who tries to go near him. He lives in a stall that is never cleaned out and they shove food and water through a small opening in the bottom of the door. Annie calls a trainer to come and see Pilgrim and help him. The trainer, Tom is disgusted with what he sees, the horse¿s living condition and the way the barn is run. He goes away without helping. He is supposedly the best and Annie is to stubborn to let him just say ¿no.¿ She drives out to Montana from New York, with the horse and her daughter Grace. Grace didn¿t want to go and wanted the horse to be sold. They come unannounced and this time Tom is forced to look at the horse. In the end he decides to help, but now it¿s more than just the horse¿s problem. Annie and Grace are having problems too. Read the book to find out how everything works out. The book was so exciting to read. There was something happening all the time. Annie was yelling at someone, Grace was having trouble with her leg or Tom was working with a horse. I definitely felt like I was in the book because I could understand just about everything that was going on. The main conflict, which was getting Pilgrim better did interest me. I wanted to know if Tom could fix him. The character¿s were very realistic. They were very normal and didn¿t have anything very odd about them or any special powers that made them not so real. The books ending was pretty satisfying although there was one part that was disappointing. I won¿t give it away but it had to do with Tom and I thought it almost ruined the story because it seemed so unreal. The author wrote the book in third person. Sometimes the author gave a characters thoughts or opinions on what was happening in the story. There weren¿t too many hard words in the story and I could understand everything that was going on, but there were a few tough words that I didn¿t know. There wasn¿t anything really unique about the author¿s writing. It was basically the same as other authors. The author used a lot of dialogue but not so much description. There was a lot of tone, when Annie got mad, when Grace was happy and when people were relieved. I would give this book a nine out of ten. It was a great book but there was one part that kinda ruined it for me and didn¿t make sense. I would recommend this book to people fourteen and up. Probably girls and people who want to read a book about a family having a hard time together and a horse who has been through a lot.
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I loved this book so much
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I couldnt put this down excellent book
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This story is dazzlingly amazing. The power of remaining positive it gives is goig to stay with you forever. Incredible
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Just loved this book. Exciting, love story that has so many aspects! Makes me want to pack up and run west!
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A must read- easy and fast read. Well written and meaningful
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I absolutly love this book. I would reccomened it to anyone. You should definetly read it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story for the animal lover. You can read it for free from the library :)
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