Horse Heaven

Author(s): Jane Smiley
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (25.75 hours)
Product Number: Z09547
Released: Sep 02, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490648651
Narrator/s: Suzanne Toren
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of A Thousand Acres comes this serious and tragic, funny and uplifting look at humanity - set in the world of horses. "Eight or nine times a day, day after day, men and horses go out and line up and start running, and the next thing you know, you are in mystery-land." So says Leo, a sad-sack gambler with an incredibly intricate betting system. Leo is one of dozens of characters - some human, some equine - who struggle through two years in the life of horse racing. Unimaginably rich magnates rub elbows with stable managers struggling to make ends meet. Trainers and jockeys balance the precarious demands of owners and horses. Can't-miss colts canter next to glue-factory-bound geldings. From tragic spills and winner's circle presentations, the only thing predictable about horse-racing - and life - is its total unpredictability. As in the best-selling Moo, the combination of Jane Smiley's endless imagination and Suzanne Toren's perfect narration creates a fabulously complete, utterly unique world.

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Author(s): Jane Smiley
Product Number EB00152024
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: #9780375412660

Professional reviews

"Jane Smiley's insightful and good-humored novel about horseracing is heavily populated. Grooms, trainers, owners, gamblers--they're all warmly portrayed here, some honorable, some scoundrels, some two-legged, some four. Toren distinguishes all these characters, some of them with convincing foreign accents. What's more, she is one of the rare readers who manages to make a conversation sound like a conversation. Her characters actually seem to be listening to one another and reacting to the content of what is said. It takes a special brand of imagination and concentration to pull off such a feat. In this audiobook, so sly and clever, Toren's skill beautifully mirrors Smiley's rich portrayal of the denizens of the track. M.O. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"