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  1. 9.9 hrs • 8/5/2014 • Unabridged

    From the racetracks of Seoul to the battlegrounds of the Korean War, Reckless was a horse whose strength, tenacity, and relentless spirit made her a hero among a regiment of US Marines fighting for their lives on the front lines. Her Korean name was Ah-Chim-Hai, meaning Flame-of-the-Morning. A four-year-old chestnut-colored Mongolian racehorse with a white blaze down her face and three white stockings, she once amazed the crowds in Seoul with her remarkable speed. But the star racer was soon sold to an American marine and trained to carry heavy loads of artillery shells up and down steep hills under a barrage of bullets and bombs. The marines renamed her Reckless. Reckless soon proved fearless under fire, boldly trekking alone through the fiery gauntlet, exposed to explosions and shrapnel. For months, her drive and determination kept the marines’ guns blazing, while inspiring them with her singular charm. During one day of battle alone, she made fifty-one trips up and down a crucial hill, covering at least twenty-five miles in the heat of combat. On some of her uphill treks, Reckless shielded human reinforcements. The Chinese, soon discovering the unique bravery of this magnificent animal, made a special effort to kill her. But Reckless never slowed. As months passed and the enemy grew bolder, the men came to appreciate her not just as a horse but as a weapon and, eventually, as a fellow marine. In Reckless, Tom Clavin, national bestselling coauthor of Halsey’s Typhoon, tells the unlikely story of a racehorse who truly became a war hero, beloved by the US Marine Corps and decorated for bravery. A moving reminder of the unbreakable bond between people and animals, Reckless is a powerful tale of courage, survival, and even love in the face of overwhelming odds.

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    Reckless by Tom Clavin

    Reckless

    9.9 hrs • 8/5/14 • Unabridged
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  2. 3.9 hrs • 1/7/2014 • Unabridged

    From the author of A Dog Called Homeless, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award, comes a gentle tale with a touch of magic about the power of friendship, the truth of belonging, and the most special of a hundred horses. Nell is not happy about spending her school vacation with relatives she doesn’t know. Expecting nothing more than silly little cousins and boring farm life, she sneaks along a special suitcase that once belonged to her father. In it, she knows, are the parts of a music box and sixteen miniature painted horses, and she thinks maybe she can fit them all back together. But the countryside has unexpected surprises. When a wild and mysterious girl named Angel steals Nell’s suitcase, the two girls are united in an adventure of Angel’s devising. Nighttime meetings and a horse that might just be magical pique Nell’s curiosity, and soon she may find a way to put together the mystery of who Angel truly is, understand the legends about the herd of a hundred horses, and also discover something special about herself.

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    A Hundred Horses

    3.9 hrs • 1/7/14 • Unabridged
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  3. 4.5 hrs • 7/1/2013 • Unabridged

    What the Animals Taught Me is the story of how a woman came upon farm animals that needed rescuing and what she learned from them as they gradually changed her home in Sonoma County, California, into an animal sanctuary. Wishing to escape the urban rat race, freelance writer and editor Stephanie Marohn moved to rural Northern California in 1993. In return for reduced rent, she fed and cared for two horses. Life was sweet. Then more farm animals started to appear: a miniature white horse, a donkey, and sheep, followed by deer and other wildlife. Each needed sanctuary from abuse, physical injury, or neglect, and Marohn took them in, gradually turning her ten-acre spread into an animal sanctuary. With each new arrival, Marohn had to learn how to care for it, to help it to overcome trauma, and to transition back to life with other animals—and to trust people again.  With each successful rescue and rehabilitation, Marohn learned lessons not only about animal care but also about love, compassion, patience, trust, and so many of the qualities we often try to cultivate in ourselves. She shares what she learned from the sheep she rescued from an animal collector and the abused donkey she helped nurse back to health. She also tells about the hilarious response from the guests at her Thanksgiving dinner when they saw wild turkeys come floating down “like paratroopers” to land next to the miniature horse that had walked right up to the patio window.  Marohn’s delightful memoir illuminates how the animals have much to teach us and how they helped her to reconnect with the natural world and to see and embrace others as they truly are.

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    What the Animals Taught Me by Stephanie Marohn

    What the Animals Taught Me

    4.5 hrs • 7/1/13 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.0 hrs • 12/26/2011 • Unabridged

    In his bestselling The Faraway Horses, Buck Brannaman, extraordinary trainer and acknowledged inspiration for The Horse Whisperer, described how he found his calling and honed his art and craft. Following the book’s widespread acclaim, the universal application of Brannaman’s approach to interpersonal relationships has struck a responsive chord in the equestrian community and with the public at large. Believe continues to chronicle Buck’s efforts as catalyst and mentor as we meet thirteen people with whom he has worked. Through their words and through Brannaman’s perceptive introductions to each essay, we experience firsthand the hope and confidence that he has instilled in them and their horses. You will discover through these stories how many untapped dreams and abilities you possess and how you can bring them to fruition. Journey with Buck Brannaman, learn from him, and profit from the voyage.

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    Believe

    5.0 hrs • 12/26/11 • Unabridged
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  5. 6.1 hrs • 12/5/2011 • Unabridged

    Nearly every week of the year, Buck Brannaman is conducting horsemanship clinics in which he teaches horse owners how to better understand and work with their animals, creating a relationship based on trust and respect rather than force. Buck’s skill has become the stuff of legend—in fact, the main character in Robert Redford’s film The Horse Whisperer was based largely on him, and he served as the director’s technical adviser during the shoot. “These principles are really about life—about living your life so you’re not at war with the horse, or with other people,” Buck writes. At heart, this rich and rewarding autobiography is a prescription for living a harmonious existence—whether it involves horses or not.

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    The Faraway Horses

    By Buck Brannaman, with William Reynolds
    Read by John Pruden
    6.1 hrs • 12/5/11 • Unabridged
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  6. 11.1 hrs • 11/1/2011 • Unabridged

    Combining the drama of The God of Animals with the powerful realism of Chosen by a Horse, award-winning poet Jana Harris tells the inspiring story of her twenty-four-year relationship with a troubled but beautiful, blood-red feral mare who, in spite of her difficult past, has a talent for healing and helping every human and other being she comes into contact with.When True Colors arrived at Harris’ farm, she was in dire shape. She had survived a range fire that had scarred her head, ears, and lungs, and she was terrified of most people, especially men. True Colors sensed demons hiding in everything from the scent of fabric softener to a gate in a fence, and her will to escape was enormous. In Horses Never Lie About Love, Harris lyrically recounts how this wounded, implacable beast nevertheless held a magical influence over the other horses of the ranch and how she eased uncannily into the role of mother after having a foal. In time she became the heart of the ranch—now thirty-three years old, she is a matriarchal presence without whom the other horses cannot sleep at night, and whose quiet wisdom transmits strength of character that transcends the thin line between animals and the humans they love.

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    Horses Never Lie About Love

    11.1 hrs • 11/1/11 • Unabridged
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  7. 6.4 hrs • 12/2/2007 • Unabridged

    The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn’t be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan’s life. This gentle creature—malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection—had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous. It seemed fated that she would come into Susan’s paddock and teach her how to embrace the joys of life despite the dangers of living. An elegant and often heartbreaking tale filled with animal characters as complicated and lively as their human counterparts, this is an inspiring story of courage and hope and the ways in which all love—even an animal’s—has the power to heal.

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    Chosen by a Horse by Susan Richards

    Chosen by a Horse

    6.4 hrs • 12/2/07 • Unabridged
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  8. 11.3 hrs • 1/1/1997 • Unabridged

    Monty Roberts has traveled the world working with difficult horses. He has trained Queen Elizabeth’s yearlings, jittery stallions on movie sets, and million-dollar race horses.Monty’s father, a traditional horse trainer, had taught his son to dominate a horse in order to “break” it. But when he was thirteen, Monty made a discovery that changed his life. As he watched a mare tame a rebellious colt, Monty saw that she was speaking to it through eye and body movements. Astonished, Monty realized that he could train horses by using their language, speaking to them in ways that would form trust and understanding. Developing techniques based on what he learned from the horses around him, Monty embarked on a remarkable career—one that would bring him international fame as the real Horse Whisperer. Now, in his own words, he shares the story of his memorable life. An immediate bestseller, The Man Who Listens to Horses is filled with courage, compassion, and Roberts’ vast affection for his best friend, the horse.

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    The Man Who Listens to Horses

    11.3 hrs • 1/1/97 • Unabridged
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