Year at the Races, A

Genre: Sports

Year at the Races, A

Performed by:
Suzanne Toren

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres gallops into territory she first explored in her acclaimed best-selling novel Horse Heaven (“Deeply satisfying…a smart, warmhearted, winning book…” —New York Times Book Review) with this irresistible account of her lifelong love affair with horses. Smiley draws upon her firsthand knowledge of horses, as well as the wisdom of trainers, vets, jockeys, and even a real-life horse whisperer, to examine the horse on all levels—practical, theoretical, and emotional. She shares not only “cute stories” about her own horses, but also fascinating and original insights into horse—and human—behavior. To all this she adds an element of drama and suspense as two of her own horses begin their careers at the racetrack. As the sexy black filly Waterwheel and the elegant gray colt Wowie aspire to the winner’s circle, we are enchanted, enthralled—and informed about what it’s really like to own, train, and root for a Thoroughbred. A Year at the Races is charming, funny, and a bit outrageous: a candid exploration of the abiding bond between humans and horses, told with panache, intelligence, and humor.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 10 hours
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Author
Jane Smiley

Biography:
Jane Smiley is the author of nine previous works of fiction, including The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Ordinary Love & Good Will, A Thousand Acres (for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize), and Moo. She lives in northern California.
Narrator
Suzanne Toren

Biography:
Actress Suzanne Toren has recorded a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction audiobooks in more than 30 years as an audiobook narrator. Her work ranges from novels by authors such as Barbara Kingsolver and Elizabeth Berg to Queen Noor’s autobiography. She received the American Foundation for the Blind’s Scourby Award for Narrator of the Year in 1988.

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