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The Horse Whisperer

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  40,838 Ratings  ·  1,548 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 comes to him for what no one ...more
Paperback, 451 pages
Published December 16th 2009 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
Atishay
Nov 28, 2008 Atishay rated it it was amazing
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
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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?
Kathryn
Apr 24, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was ok
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
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Cynthia
Mar 20, 2008 Cynthia rated it really liked it
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
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
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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.
Kellie
I ate this book.
It was assume.
Loved the movie too!
Chana
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
Nikoleta
Sep 14, 2014 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
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
Erin
Jun 02, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
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
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Angigames
Oct 01, 2016 Angigames rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Sono passati anni dalla prima lettura, ma ancora mi ricordo l’emozione fortissima che mi travolse quando finalmente Grace riuscì a ritrovare il suo Pilgrim! È un libro che mi ha fatto riflettere molto, che mi ha trascinato nella vita dei nuovi cowboy, che mi ha mostrato un’America diversa, nuova e bellissima.
Evans scrive benissimo, con poche righe riesce a emozionare ad arrivare al cuore!
Questo libro è e rimarrà uno dei miei preferiti!
Russ
Jan 21, 2009 Russ rated it it was ok
Shelves: novel, inspirational, 2009
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Asghar Abbas
Mar 18, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it


Harrowing and brutal yet beautiful like its landscape but crude like the people in it.
Poetic movie it made though. And it coined a great term almost everyone uses.

More tragic than the tragedy in this novel is that Evans turned the success of this book into his running formula. What's the point of repetitive storylines ? Plus, I don't know, British writers writings as Americans bothers me for some reason. It shouldn't but it does. I can't think of any American writer doing the same. Yet who am
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Maciek
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
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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.
Cherie
Apr 07, 2014 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Antof9
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Brad
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
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Lucinda
Mar 19, 2012 Lucinda rated it really liked it
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
Jamie Hergott
Jun 25, 2013 Jamie Hergott rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-book-club
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.
Darlene
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
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Lauren
Jan 19, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing
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
Andrea
Nov 27, 2011 Andrea rated it did not like it
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.
Lori Anaple
Dec 13, 2011 Lori Anaple rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Adultery is not romantic. Will men quit writing this shit!
Melissa
Aug 23, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Great book! Horrible movie.
Rosemary
Oct 11, 2016 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After 13-year-old Grace Maclean is disabled in a horrific accident while out riding, it seems to her mother Annie that the psychological scars she bears can only have a hope of healing if her horse Pilgrim is also healed. Pilgrim has become so violent since the accident that no one will treat him, so Annie abandons her husband to drive horse and daughter from New York to Montana to camp out on the doorstep of "horse whisperer" Tom Booker until Tom agrees to help Pilgrim - and by extension, Grace ...more
Nolan
Jun 03, 2013 Nolan rated it liked it

This book's opening is compelling, and you feel a sense of horror and doom
almost from the first few paragraphs. Initially your view is opened to two
young girls rejoicing in the first light snow of the season-a glorious
Saturday morning laid out before them with pristine air to breathe and
horses to ride. Judith rides Gulliver; Grace has mounted Pilgrim, a horse
her parents bought for her the previous summer. Cut to a trucker nursing
bitterness over his bad luck at being fined for keeping artificial
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Alexandra Bradan
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Tim Rees
Sep 22, 2016 Tim Rees rated it it was amazing
It's been years since I read it, but I can still see the scenes in the book. Nicholas Evans writes an atmosphere that lingers. However, reading the book made me sad.
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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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“I guess that’s all forever is...Just one long trail of nows. And I guess all you can do is try and live one now at a time without getting too worked up about the last now or the next now.” 112 likes
“It was in America that horses first roamed. A million years before the birth of man, they grazed the vast plains of wiry grass and crossed to other continents over bridges of rock soon severed by retreating ice. They first knew man as the hunted knows the hunter, for long before he saw them as a means to killing other beasts, man killed them for their meat.

Paintings on the walls of caves showed how. Lions and bears would turn and fight and that was the moment men speared them. But the horse was a creature of flight not fight and, with a simple deadly logic, the hunter used flight to destroy it. Whole herds were driven hurtling headlong to their deaths from the tops of cliffs. Deposits of their broken bones bore testimony. And though later he came pretending friendship, the alliance with man would ever be but fragile, for the fear he'd struck into their hearts was too deep to be dislodged.

Since that neolithic moment when first a horse was haltered, there were those among men who understood this.

They could see into the creature's soul and soothe the wounds they found there. Often they were seen as witches and perhaps they were. Some wrought their magic with the bleached bones of toads, plucked from moonlit streams. Others, it was said, could with but a glance root the hooves of a working team to the earth they plowed. There were gypsies and showmen, shamans and charlatans. And those who truly had the gift were wont to guard it wisely, for it was said that he who drove the devil out, might also drive him in. The owner of a horse you calmed might shake your hand then dance around the flames while they burned you in the village square.

For secrets uttered softly into pricked and troubles ears, these men were known as Whisperers.”
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