Narrator: Fiona Hardingham

Audio Review: The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes

Posted November 14, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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Audio Review: The Horse Dancer by Jojo MoyesThe Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes
Narrator: Fiona Hardingham
Published by Penguin Audio on April 11, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Length: 17 hours, 39 minutes
Source: the Publisher
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A quintessential Jojo Moyes novel about a lost girl and her horse, the enduring strength of friendship, and how even the smallest choices can change everything

When Sarah’s grandfather gives her a beautiful horse named Boo—hoping that one day she’ll follow in his footsteps to join an elite French riding school, away from their gritty London neighborhood—she quietly trains in city’s parks and alleys. But then her grandfather falls ill, and Sarah must juggle horsemanship with school and hospital visits.

Natasha, a young lawyer, is reeling after her failed marriage: her professional judgment is being questioned, her new boyfriend is a let-down, and she’s forced to share her house with her charismatic ex-husband. Yet when the willful fourteen-year-old Sarah lands in her path, Natasha decides to take the girl under her wing.

But Sarah is keeping a secret—a secret that will change the lives of everyone involved forever.


I’m not a horse person but have always been fascinated by these magnificent animals and the people obsessed with them. One of the things that worked about this story is how you didn’t need to have background information to appreciate the world, conflicts and issues.

Henri Lachappelle was part of an elite French calvary skilled in an art form of dressage dating back over 250 years. He’s a widow living with his 14-year old granddaughter, Sarah, who he’s training to reach his skill level. They own a horse named Boo who is stabled in an urban area of London beneath railway arches. When Henri is suddenly hospitalized, Sarah finds herself alone until her path crosses Natasha Macauley, a solicitor advocate who takes her in, along with her estranged husband, Mac. The challenges that follow bring out the best and worst of all of them as they struggle to make their situation work.

Moyes crafts each of these characters so skillfully, showing all sides, boils and all. There are times when you want to throttle all of them but then later want to applaud them for what’s truly in their hearts. Natasha was the most challenging to embrace as she was adept at hiding her feelings, presenting most frequently a rather cool indifference. But typical of a Moyes character, what lay beneath that exterior was complex. What binds all of them together, however is Boo, the most fabulous horse who Sarah loves unconditionally.

Fiona Hardingham is outstanding in her narration, providing each character with his and her own distinctive voice and personality while communicating a difficult story. She made the words leap from the pages, creating vivid images of setting, the quirky folks in Henri and Sarah’s world and, of course Boo.

I really enjoyed this story, despite some situations that stretched the limits of credulity (who doesn’t notice a horse traveling from London to France through the streets?). It’s a good tale with great characterizations and I’m glad I opted to listen versus read.


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About Fiona Hardingham

Winner of 7 AudioFile Earphones Awards and an ALA Odyssey Award honorary listing, Fiona is a highly sought-after voice over artist. For the last three consecutive years three of her audiobook titles were listed in the ‘Top Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults’ by the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA).

Fiona has an extensive collection of character voices and accents and has worked professional in animation, audiobooks, ADR, commercials, documentary narration, promotional content, trailers and film. She gave life to Jacqui the French Mouse in Walt Disney’s short film The Magic of the Glass Slipper, as part of the 100th year anniversary diamond edition of Cinderella. She also voiced a leading role in the SMOSH animation series Otaku Taco Truck. Fiona is the ongoing voice announcer for the popular ESPN radio/TV comedy sports series, Jalen & Jacoby, hosted by Jalen Rose & David Jacoby; and coming in 2017, she voices a leading role in the new feature length animation film Monster Island.

About Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes’ novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.

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Audio Review: Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

Audio Review: Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

Posted December 13, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

       This book has nine stories about troubled relationships from the perspectives of the women in each. The first, Paris for One, is the length of a novella while the others are all short stories. I liked some more than others but really enjoyed them collectively. The narration performances were outstanding and contributed greatly to my overall reading experience. Below are short summaries of each with my reactions. Paris for One Nell and her boyfriend Pete are off for a weekend in Paris, or so she thinks. Pete turns out to be a no-show and Nell decides to stay and experience the city of lights on her own. I actually loved this meandering and delightful story. Nell is such a straight arrow who steps […]