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The Horse Whisperer

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  37,218 Ratings  ·  1,417 Reviews

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
Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Dell (first published 1995)
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Caleb Liu
Apr 06, 2007 Caleb Liu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is your classic page-turner and bestseller. Cliched, predictable both in terms of plot and characters. Uninspiring rehashing of themes like overcoming tragedy and adversity; the contrast between the ruthless, stress-filled corporate environment and the simpler, idealised fulfillment found in a ranching/farming life. New York magazine editor supermom just has to go over to Wyoming to find meaning and of course end up the arms of our well muscled, handsome cowboy with his homespun philosophy ...more
Nov 28, 2008 Atishay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know about others but writing the review of The Horse Whisperer has proved to be immensely difficult. What I'm writing here is a review about a book that couldn't have been written any better.
Nicholas Evans spins a heart wrenching epic love story that thrives and dies amid sorrow and pain. Tom Booker comes as a healer to a family in grief and heals the wounds that have gone deep into the very souls.
Buy it, borrow it or steal it. But don't miss this gem for anything.
"Sometimes what se
Meredith Church
I was sucked in for almost the entire book, I have to say. Loved both the jilted academic husband and the sensitive, manly cowboy horse-guru. But the ending was so ridiculously bizarre that it ruined the whole thing for me. Am I just a terrible cynic?
Apr 24, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book would have gotten one star, except for the fact that I actually enjoyed reading about the slow, tandem recovery of the horse and his rider.

What I DIDN'T enjoy was the main character, Annie. I can honestly say I disliked her intensely. She drags her family along by the nose, so certain that EVERYTHING SHE DOES is the best solution for everything, and the fact that the author makes her decisions work somehow makes the character even more irritating. She comes across as self-centered, mo
Mar 20, 2008 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i would never have expected to like this novel, but i LOVE it. I liked the movie a lot, but it isn't one i'd watch again, especially. The book is really well written, very intelligent and full of real emotion. It's very moving without making you feel depressed. Evans obviously did a LOT of research before writing this book, the kind of research you do with real people, not with library books or online searches, but he mixes all this information in with the storyline so skillfully that you feel l ...more
Paul Baker
Oct 10, 2011 Paul Baker rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
SPOILER ALERT: Details of the novel are revealed in this review.

First, I saw the film before I read the book, so that has prejudiced my reaction somewhat, but I believe that the book and movie are so much alike that it has not influenced my opinion.

This is the story of a family that has been fractured by a monumental accident. Grace Maclean is a twelve year old girl, the daughter of very wealthy New Yorkers. Her father, Robert, is a lawyer and her mother Annie is a magazine editor, an English wo
I ate this book.
It was assume.
Loved the movie too!
Sep 14, 2014 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic
Απο την εισαγωγη αυτο το βιβλιο με συνεπηρε. Οι κινηματογραφικες περιγραφες που για ενα περιεργο λογο δεν βαριομουν να διαβαζω αλλα απολαμβανα, τα συναισθηματα και οι σκέψεις ολων των σημαντικων ηρωων που μοιραζονταν τοσο ομορφα στις σελιδες και η πολυπλοκοτητα των χαρακτηρων ειναι κατι που εκτιμω ουτως η αλλως στα αναγνωσματα. Η Αννυ ειναι μια ηρωιδα που στο μισο βιβλιο αναρωτιεσαι τι παιδικο τραυμα κουβαλαει κ ειναι τοσο ξεροκεφαλη, κ αυτο το λατρευω!!! Διαβαζα τις ρεαλιστικες περιγραφες, τις ...more
If Nicholas Sparks could write well, or if "The Bridges of Madison County" had had a horse in it, the result might be something like this book. I liked reading this book despite the fact that it reads like a movie script rather than a true multi-layered story, I mean it read like a pretty good movie script most of the time. But, I am not a fan of adultery, nor of explicit sex in a book. Nor am I fan of big, cheesy, ridiculous ending scenes that are supposed to tie everything up nicely. I can see ...more
Jun 02, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
When my mother returned from the movie theater, raving about what a fabulous film The Horse Whisperer was and how she simply *must* read the book, all I could think was "Robert Redford... yuck!" It's not that Redford is a bad actor, rather that he appears in films that are too touchy-feely for my tastes. So for a long time I associated this book with the movie, assuming I would be no more interested in its story than I would a Redford film.

I was wrong.

This is perhaps one of the most beautiful bo
Jan 21, 2009 Russ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, inspirational, 2009
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Stu Schreiber
Read this because best friend wrote the screenplay. Although I'm probably biased I preferred the movie with Robert Redford. Always interesting to see how the book transfers to the big screen. My friend, Eric, also wrote the screenplay for Forrest Gump for which he took home an Oscar.
A friend of mine kept bugging me to read Nicholas Evans, and I finally gave in and got his first novel - The Horse Whisperer. It was made into a movie with the everbeautiful Scarlett Johansonn which I saw years ago and enjoyed, though it didn't leave any lasting impression. When it came to the book I wasn't impressed.
With an interesting premise - girl coming back to health after an accident during horse riding, a "whisperer" called to heal the horse - it soon became cliched and predictable. The
Kim Hampton
If you've already seen the movie, be prepared that the book is totally different, although much, much better. I liked the ending of the book more than the movie, although most people probably wouldn't. I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't read it yet. It's definitely a great story with a lot of complexity and richness.
Apr 07, 2014 Cherie rated it really liked it
This title just popped up in a discussion thread and reminded me that I had read the book, after seeing the movie, with Robert Redford. I was very moved by the woman's struggle with her daughter and the horse parts were awful. I was satisfyied with the ending, but it was a little strange.
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Mar 19, 2012 Lucinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that tugs at the heartstrings & that looks into your very soul by seeking out all human emtions, it is a literary masterpiece that is beautiful & completely engaging. I was lost within the storyline after only a few pages, being temporarily mesmirised and stunned by the horrific accident & danger of horse riding VS modern day transport. I have had many a horse riding accident so i could therefore relate and empathise with Grace easily, but certainly not to the extent t ...more
Apr 12, 2009 Brad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There was a time when I had to read a book before seeing the film adaptation, which led to some rather unlikely choices for me.

The Horse Whisperer, for instance, was not even my kind of movie, let alone book, but its three stars made a date in the movie theatre a must.

I have always been a big fan of Robert Redford, especially his work as a director, and his choice to make Nicholas Evans' novel intrigued me. I have always been in love with Kristen Scott Thomas too. Lots of people roll their eyes
Jamie Hergott
This was an easy read that I mostly enjoyed. The book definitely went in a direction I was not anticipating and began following one character, when really I wanted it to go in another direction and explore a different character. So the end was kind of lackluster AND a little bit cheesy/unbelieveable.
Feb 18, 2013 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am always cautious when picking up a book in which animals figure prominently in the story. I am a HUGE animal lover and I have found that the treatment of animals in stories can be very disturbing and heart breaking to me. Nevertheless, the premise of this story sounded fascinating and I wasn't disappointed.

On a cold December day, Grace Graves goes riding on her horse Pilgrim with a friend. There is a terrible accident... Grace's friend and her horse are killed... and Grace and Pilgrim are ho
Jan 19, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Horse Whisperer is one of the ebst books I have ever read. It is so detailed and gives so much background information that Nicholas Evans makes you feel connected to the characters personally. It is the story of a girl named Grace, who was in a terrible accident involving a semi truck while she and her friend, Judith, were riding their horses. Now, her life is changed forever. Judith is dead, Grace only has one leg, and her horse has turned into a terrified beast. Grace's relationship with h ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Joni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
First of all, I will say that I've never seen the movie, so I don't have any preconceived ideas of how this book should have gone. (It did work, however, to picture Tom as looking like Robert Redford.) Having said that, I was a little disappointed in the book itself. With such a powerful plot line, the emotional currents of the book really need to be nailed, and they were just flat for me - maybe even cliche. I suspect maybe it was because I am a woman reading a book that was written by a man bu ...more
Alexandra Bradan
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Zainab Ahmed
The Horse Whisperer is Nicholas Evans' first novel & probably one of his most famous one too. The story & concept are both new (at least to me!) & interesting. The book is undoubtedly well written & the journey of both Grace & Pilgrim, her horse, have been laid out beautifully.

The Whisperer, Tom Booker, is an interesting character and I really felt bad for the way things turned out for him (read the book to find out what I am talking about; I don't want to spoil it for the o
Nov 27, 2011 Andrea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
After the forth f word I decided this book wasn't for me. In reading some reviews I found out there was a bad sex scene and it was an affair to boot. So glad I stopped reading.
Aug 23, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Horrible movie.
Jan 25, 2016 Lea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Den Film zu dem Buch hatte ich ja bereits gelesen und war überrascht, positiv und negativ, dass er dem Buch so sehr ähnelt.
Was mir gut gefallen hat ist, dass die Entwicklung der Protagonisten schön zu sehen war und dass die Ansichten von Tom Booker, dem Pferdeflüsterer, größtenteils sehr human waren und ich mich daher meist gut mit ihm identifizieren konnte.

Auf jeden Fall bis kurz vor dem Ende...
Dies war für mich ein regelrechter Schock und überschattete das bereits gelesene völlig.
Ich konnte
Aug 12, 2014 Scarlett rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 05, 2010 Allyson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My library discarded this book so I brought it home to drop off @ work for others. I really enjoyed the movie with Robert Redford, Kristen Scott Thomas, and Scarlett Johansson so decided to read it. Luckily it was a fast read and I found surprisingly enough, the screenplay adaptors were fairly consistent with the book up until the ending. Had I not had the actors so present in my mind t/o the reading of this novel, I might have stopped. It struck me as the type of book I would have read in high ...more
Feb 11, 2010 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nicholas Evans was born and grew up in Worcestershire, England. He studied law at Oxford University, graduating with first class honors, then worked as a journalist for three years on the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He then moved into televsion, producing films
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