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4.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Buck Brannaman Narrator: John Pruden Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781452675435
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Nearly every week of the year, Buck Brannaman is on the road, 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Buck Brannaman is part of a lineage of skilled horsemen, and for the horses he works with, it is about trust and understanding, not submission.”

    Robert Redford

  • “When it comes to horses, Buck Brannaman is part guru, part psychologist, and all cowboy. He’s a 19th century man in a 21st-century world, and his life is at once inspirational and instructive.”

    Tom Brokaw

  • Buck Brannaman is part of a lineage of skilled horsemen, and for the horses he works with, it is about trust and understanding, not submission. Robert Redford
  • “Buck Brannaman is no ordinary horseman. He is demonstrating his way of turning frightened horses into friends, a way that has more to do with respect and trust than mastery or manhandling.”

    Smithsonian

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Hatchigan | 2/5/2014

    " Anyone who cares about communication should read this book. Brannaman focuses on how people can better communicate with horses, but there are takeaways for many other aspects of communication - especially cross-cultural communication. Empathy, a clean sheet of paper approach, and a dismissal of assumptions work with horses and my observation is that it often works with people as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/31/2014

    " Good first half, his biography, second half is about training but without the specifics to be helpful to one hoping to learn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Bucher | 1/27/2014

    " this book was amazing i love this book to death this is the best auto biography ive ever read ill never read a better book than this "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 1/20/2014

    " Loved it. Buck had a tough beginning to his life but he came out the other side with such love and compassion for horses. A truly heart-felt book. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Wood | 1/18/2014

    " This is a great book about an exceptional human being. I met Buck in the mid 1980's. We worked together in the Gallatin Valley, Montana. This was about the time Buck was beginning his training career. I knew then that he was a compassionate man with deep soul searching capabilities. The book is authentic and nonpromotional and paints a realistic picture of a man blessed with very special gifts. While he's noted for his abilities to relate to horses, if you ever have the chance take advantage of the opportunity to meet him personally, do so. Whether you are a New York executive or an Arizona horseman, Buck offers insights into being a better person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/15/2014

    " Listened to this on audio book. It was a good memoir of Horse Whisperer Buck Brannaman. Anyone that loves horses would enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rin | 1/3/2014

    " I loved how it was written. It was like Buck was sitting next to me telling me some rememberable stories about his life. If you love people who can tell good stories, and love horses this book is for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 12/28/2013

    " A wonderful book. It tells a lot of the content of Buck's past found in the documentary Buck, but goes into more detail about his personal life and also working with horses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 12/15/2013

    " Although parts of this book were slow-moving, the horsemanship tips were priceless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 P.A. | 12/5/2013

    " This will make a good movie but as a novel it is very dry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne Maythorne | 10/11/2013

    " I love this book. I love Buck Brannaman. The documentary "Buck" shifted my heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki Neiswinter | 9/21/2013

    " Interesting book. Won't win any prizes for literature, but I doubt Buck was aiming at that anyway. The book does not do him justice, he is a very funny, easy going, polite man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyndsey Thackston | 8/2/2013

    " I loved this book. The writing wasn't the best, but the story was amazing. This isn't a book about horses this is about people and everyone should read it. I can't recommend enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mackay | 4/20/2013

    " I read this because his clinics are so extraordinary. The book isn't as wonderful (hence three stars), but it does convey well how this man became the sort of guardian angel of horses that he is. Would that all horse people were horsemen of this caliber. Wonderful photographs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathline | 3/6/2013

    " This book is awesome!!!! Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Wilkinson | 2/5/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book. I also enjoyed the documentary "Buck"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/28/2013

    " Child abuse and a feel for nature must go together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tisha | 10/10/2012

    " This book was ok. Not well edited, so it jumped around quite a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 9/20/2012

    " As a horse lover, I loved this book. Buck Brannaman is living the life I would have loved to live. I love how he communicates with and truly understands the beautiful horse! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 8/1/2012

    " This was a good read, and an interesting one. Buck's life is very sad and full of struggles and hardships, but his story has a happy ending. That is the best part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 6/20/2012

    " I'm a huge fan of Buck's so I really enjoyed this book. He has a great approach to humans and horses both and I hope to attend one of his clinics someday. I would recommend this read for any of my horse loving friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maa | 3/2/2012

    " The five star rating certainly doesn't come from the writing; it pretty much stinks. But the author has the trump card of the written word - he has voice. A tale worth telling and sharing for anyone who has been through horrific childhood abuse and wants to move forward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/11/2012

    " I read this after seeing the film and it's a good story. I didn't learn a lot about horse training but I enjoyed his life story and some of his adventures. I've worked with Mike Beck and was pleased to see he got a brief mention in the book. "

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About the Author

Buck Brannaman, a mentor, legend, and folk hero to the thousands who attend his colt-starting and horsemanship clinics each year, is the inspiration for the novel and feature film The Horse Whisperer. The author of Ranch Roping and coauthor of Believe: A Horseman’s Journey, he has started more than 10,000 young horses in his clinics. He lives with his wife and their three daughters in Sheridan, Wyoming.

About the Narrator

John Pruden is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. His exposure to many people, places, and experiences throughout his life provides a deep creative well from which he draws his narrative and vocal characterizations. His narration of The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers was chosen by the Washington Post as a Best Audiobook of 2010.