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  1. 9.1 hrs • 9/13/2012 • Unabridged

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of My Animals and Other Family, Clare Balding’s wildly funny and deeply moving childhood memoir, read brilliantly by the author herself. “I had spent most of my childhood thinking I was a dog, and I suspect I had aged in dog years. By the time I was ten, I had discovered the pain of unbearable loss. I had felt joy and jealousy. Most important of all, I knew how to love and how to let myself be loved. All these things I learnt through animals. Horses and dogs were my family and my friends. This is their story as much as it is mine.” Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As the daughter of a champion horse trainer, she shared her life with more than one hundred thoroughbreds—as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. Clare and her brother, usually left to their own devices, had to learn life’s toughest lessons through their animals, and through their adventures in the stables and the idyllic Hampshire Downs. From her struggles at boarding school to her triumphs as an amateur jockey and event rider, Clare weaves her own coming-of-age story through portraits of the beloved horses and dogs, from the protective Candy to the unruly Frank, who were her earliest friends. From the protective Candy to the pot-bellied Valkyrie and the frisky Hattie, each horse and each dog had their own character and their own special part to play. The running family joke was that “women ain’t people”. Clare had to prove them wrong, to make her voice heard—but first she had to make sure she had something to say. My Animals and Other Family is a funny, brave, tender story of self-discovery.

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    My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding

    My Animals and Other Family

    9.1 hrs • 9/13/12 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.1 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    With a riding lesson and a sleepover all planned out, the Pony Scouts couldn’t be any happier … until they discover a big surprise.

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  3. 10.6 hrs • 8/23/2011 • Unabridged

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.  Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a bleak winter afternoon between the slats of a rickety truck bound for the slaughterhouse. He recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up horse and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry’s modest farm on Long Island, the horse thrived. But the recent Dutch immigrant and his growing family needed money, and Harry was always on the lookout for the perfect thoroughbred to train for the show-jumping circuit—so he reluctantly sold Snowman to a farm a few miles down the road. But Snowman had other ideas about what Harry needed. When he turned up back at Harry’s barn, dragging an old tire and a broken fence board, Harry knew that he had misjudged the horse. And so he set about teaching this shaggy, easygoing horse how to fly. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping. Reminiscent of the inspiring, against-the-odds success story that made Seabiscuit a bestseller, The Eighty-Dollar Champion tells of the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo, based on the insight and recollections of the “Flying Dutchman” himself. Their story captured the heart of Cold War–era America—a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. Elizabeth Letts’ message is simple: Never give up, even when the obstacles seem sky-high. There is something extraordinary in all of us.

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    The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts

    The Eighty-Dollar Champion

    10.6 hrs • 8/23/11 • Unabridged
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