Written by Nicholas Evans

Read by Peter Coyote

Published by Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, (May 1998)

Abridged, six hours

Originally released on audio cassette in October 1995

A forty-ton truck hurtles out of control on a snowy country road, a teenage girl on horseback in its path. In a few terrible seconds the life of a family is shattered. And a mother's quest begins--to save her maimed daughter and a horse driven mad with pain. It is an odyssey that will bring her to seek the help of the Whisperer, a man of legend whose voice can calm wild horses and whose touch heals broken spirits. At once an epic love story and a gripping adventure, The Horse Whisperer weaves an extraordinary tale of healing and redemption - a magnificent emotional journey that explores our ancient bonds with the earth and sky and hearts untamed. It is a stirring elegy to the power of belief and self-discovery, to hopes lost and found.


"Craggy film actor Coyote has a wonderful voice for audio drama - slow, wistful and melancholic so he's a good match for Evans's ballyhooed romance, a saga which tugs mercilessly at the heartstrings from its stark opening actions to its later amorous crescendos. In other words, great grist for audio adaptation." ... Publishers Weekly Forecasts

"It's a whacking good 'read' and Coyote has the ability to lose himself entirely in the story, making this a book you will never want to stop listening to." ...Talking Business

"Peter Coyote's excellent narrative style makes for a compelling winner." ... Midwest Book Review

"The book could have been a cliche; the signs are there. But it's not. The story is emotionally rich, all the more so for the restraint in its telling. The production is crisp, and Peter Coyote's delivery (understated western twang) enhances the atmosphere. Adolescent girls in Levi's, chaps and paddock boots are probably the strongest audience for "The Horse Whisperer," but its appeal is broader and worth the ride." ... The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

"As the narrator, Peter Coyote handles this touching story about love, restoration and spiritual self-examination with sensitivity." ... Dick Diamond, Books on Tape

"Coyote's fine delivery highlights the emotions and events of this mesmerizing novel in a riveting presentation." ... Booklist Editors' Choice '97


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