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4.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 5 4.03 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rupert Isaacson Narrator: Rupert Isaacson Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

The Horse Boy is the dramatic and heartwarming story of that impossible adventure. In Mongolia, the family found undreamed of landscapes and people, unbearable setbacks, and advances beyond their wildest dreams. This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story--of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 2/10/2014

    " A fabulous story about a family literally going to the end of the earth to help their son. (Animal Therapy) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corinne | 2/4/2014

    " I didn't hate it because the writing wasn't bad but I thought it was a boring and predictable book. With a topic such as this one, I think a writer needs to take extreme care to not make it sound like a "poor me" story and this writer didn't take enough care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/27/2014

    " I am eager to see if there will be an update on his son in the future. I love the hope and inspiration provided. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Snoopy Cat | 1/19/2014

    " This book tugs at your heart strings. I have many friends with autistic children and this book reminds me of the things they have had to endure just to ensure their kids received a proper education. It all disappears as you read this single journey wondering how you can dislike closed minded ignorant people given the joy one boy learns to share... This is a mild tear jerker but well worth the emotional read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana | 1/8/2014

    " I was not prepared to like this read as much as I did. I have no more young children and I've retired from teaching and so, autism is more remote to me than it once was. But this book captured me in spite of my expectations. It is a wonderful travel book, taking me places I will never go by means (horseback) that I will never experience. Plus it read like a mystery--would the shamans cure him? and how in the world would other parents of like children ever be able to make a quest such as this? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sher | 1/1/2014

    " It is hard to describe the emotional roller coaster that I went through just reading this story. I've raised a couple of really difficult children, but I can't even imagine what these parents went through with this highly autistic child. I know these scenarios are repeated numberless times a day all over the world with such children. That these parents, and particularly this father, would be able to keep their spirits up and their hope in tact, and their faith in the possibility of a healing for their son long enough to bring it to pass deserves my respect and admiration. Who knew that a highly intelligent and capable person would emerge from the ashes, so to speak, of a child who could not make a friend, be potty trained, ask a question or point out something to someone else? Who knew that self-control would become a possibility for a child who screams and throws incredible tantrums to the point of self-destruction multiple times every single day? a child who could not be left with a babysitter for even an hour so that the parents could just go out to dinner of an evening? Or that an apparent natural affinity to horses could figure into his healing? Only a parent could keep the hope alive. My hat is off to you, Mr. and Mrs. Isaacson. I am so happy for your new lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nanci Robertson | 12/29/2013

    " This is the fantastic true story of a father and mother who take their autistic son to Mongolia so he can ride horses and get healed by local shaman. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Atwood | 12/20/2013

    " I will finish this book this week but so far it has been the both heartbreaking and hopeful story of a family trying to cope with autism. What they are willing to do to heal their son is evidence of what parents are willing to do to have thier children 'whole'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 hulahal | 11/3/2013

    " Amazing. Not just from a parent POV, but also from a teacher/student one as well. Or maybe I'm just a huge fan of the travel journal, but it was well written and humble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon Thomas | 10/9/2013

    " Great story about a family, with a son who has Autism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Walters | 8/29/2013

    " Great story and geography. Liked learning about the shamans "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Chenhall | 8/1/2013

    " This is very well written and I am learning a lot about Mongolia and about autism. Great story of determination, hope and adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherrypie895 | 6/16/2013

    " Enjoyed this book it was a very different journey to healing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Jan | 3/6/2013

    " The story just lost interest for me about 2/3 of the way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eurik | 12/19/2012

    " Moving, uplifting, heart-warming. And also pro-shaman! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jenna nims | 9/29/2012

    " i just kept waiting for the book to be over so i could read something else. it was fine but there was a little bit of a lot of eye rolling on my part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 8/7/2012

    " This was a really fascinating book. The author was refreshingly honest about the frustrations and joys of raising an autistic son, and the description of their journey through Mongolia was amazing. I definitely recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie Flannelly | 7/19/2012

    " It was amazing how similar the little boy in this is to my sister. The whole story is amazing, though. Now I'm wondering if we should bring Katie to Mongolia, haha! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryahn | 6/5/2012

    " I loved this book! Absolutely fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa Forster | 11/28/2011

    " Such an inspiring, eye-opening story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 9/16/2011

    " I absolutely loved this fascinating book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Alsaud | 9/6/2011

    " A very inspiring story. Rupert is a man everyone should respect and look up to, a true hero indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/14/2011

    " What did it, getting away from all the American noise, spending time with his parent, the actual horse riding? Of course I don't believe all the mumbo jumbo healing, but something amazing happened when this couple set out to help their son with autism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 4/19/2011

    " I really liked this story. I hope it doesn't go the way of the other recent memoirs and turns out to be a complete lie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 4/17/2011

    " Really enjoying this book=his son is autistic and he is using horses and shamans=travel to Mongolia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasha | 4/9/2011

    " Read this and touched me as its about the love of a parent, and wanting to find a cure for their autistic child, even if it means traveling to the end of the world. Love has no limits when it comes to your own children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/8/2011

    " Isaacson is a wonderful writer with a great story to tell. He keeps the reader riveted to the story but it almost seems too good to be true. His descriptions of the tantrums his son has were almost disturbing in their detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsie | 4/3/2011

    " Wonderful story, real life look at an area that most of us will never see, great descriptions and much to think about and discuss. A true story with a great ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 4/3/2011

    " Not the best book. But I did enjoy reading about other cultures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 3/8/2011

    " This was an amazing read. A real emotional roller-coaster. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in children with autism/aspergers. Ok, so the methods tried here were unconventional, but in their situation I'd have tried anything to heal my child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 2/21/2011

    " True story that was as suspenseful to read as fictional suspense thrillers. Educational about autism as well as about horrific efforts by organized religion to expel or extinguish shamanism. "

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About the Author
Author Rupert Isaacson

Rupert Isaacson was born in London to a South African mother and a Zimbabwean father. Isaacson’s first book, The Healing Land: A Kalahari, was a 2004 New York Times Notable Book. His journalism and travel writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Esquire, National Geographic, Independent on Sunday, Conde Nast Traveller, Daily Mail and The Field. He has travelled extensively in Africa, Asia, and North America and now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Kristin, and their son, Rowan. In addition to being an ex-professional horse trainer, Rupert is founding director of the Indigenous Land Rights Fund, a non-profit organization that helps threatened and displaced indigenous tribes obtain tenure of their ancestral land.