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Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Laura Hillenbrand

Narrated By: Campbell Scott

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: July 2000

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken comes a universal underdog story about the horse who came out of nowhere to become a legend.

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes:

Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.

Praise for Seabiscuit

“Fascinating . . . Vivid . . . A first-rate piece of storytelling, leaving us not only with a vivid portrait of a horse but a fascinating slice of American history as well.”—The New York Times

“Engrossing . . . Fast-moving . . . More than just a horse’s tale, because the humans who owned, trained, and rode Seabiscuit are equally fascinating. . . . [Laura Hillenbrand] shows an extraordinary talent for describing a horse race so vividly that the reader feels like the rider.”—Sports Illustrated



  • Charles C

    So enjoyable to listen to. Laura does an amazing job creating words that recapture a legend in Seabiscuit.

  • Anonymous

    This was so enjoyable! What a terrific story. The authors research is very impressive. You won't regret listening to this one!

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic book that kept me interested from the very start. I had absolutly no interest in horse racing before I read this but found the subject very interesting. I think most people would enjoy this book.

  • Daniel Wainwright

    Very enjoyable. Interesting history of horse racing and America of the early to mid 1900s.

  • Anonymous

    Much better than the movie. Wish it was longer.

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