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Comments by wmwsmith on Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 03:41 IP Logged
I am a 57 yr old ortho surgeon and not a racing fan. I stayed up all night reading your book. The last book that grabbed me like that was the Godfather. Thanks for a great read.
waterloo, ne USA

Comments by Nikki Rainey on Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 02:19 IP Logged
Reading is a great treasure of a hobby for me and maybe one out of 10 books leaves me holding the book at the end hoping that more text will suddenly appear. Thank you for this wonderful story. I actually stopped reading it at night while crawled up in bed because the race descriptions got my adrenaline pumping so hard I could not drop off to sleep. Every page held insight and emotion. It's on to my mother and sister in Baltimore with strict instructions that it comes back to reside in my library. God bless you.
Greenville,, SC

Comments by Shannon Sims on Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 00:36 IP Logged
This book was a Christmas present from my husband, and I am not exaggerating when I say it is one of the most splendid Christmas gifts I have ever received. I am an avid reader, and this book is one of the most moving, captivating and phenomenal books I have ever read. Ms. Hellenbrand, please write something else!!! Your ability to bring this entire era to life, from the global perspective, all the way down to the individuals caught in this time, was incredible. I can't stop thinking about Seabiscuit and I am begging my husband to read the book, so we can talk about it. I truly think every day about the wonderful story you have brought to life for us. Thank you for this book.
Austin, TX USA

Comments by Lewis Ostrand on Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 00:09 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I just finished listening to the 4 tape audio cassette book narrated by Campbell Scott. It is really well done and this story is just fantastic. Wish my father and grandfather were here to listen to this fabulous story with me.
Lincoln, Ne USA

Comments by PJ Scheese on Friday, March 01, 2002 at 09:40 IP Logged
I just finished reading "Seabiscuit, an American Legend" and was so moved that I needed to thank you for sending me back in time. I savored every bit of this book. Only being 15 minutes away from Fairhill, MD I live in the heart of horse country and spend many of my days trail riding on my own Thoroughbred and exracehorse, Tommy. Horses are either in your blood or they're not, and a horse lover can never explain to a non-horse lover the feeling one gets being around the animals. I can't even imagine the endless research you must have done to bring this story alive for your readers. From one horse lover to another, thank you so very much for this wonderful read!
Oxford, PA USA

Comments by Toni Murray on Friday, March 01, 2002 at 06:26 IP Logged
This is the most wonderful book I have ever read! Thank you
Roscoe, Il USA

Comments by Mack Farr on Friday, March 01, 2002 at 03:02 IP Logged
Laura: I am retired now living not too far from your birthplace in Herndon, Va. My wife gave this book shortly after it was published and I have finally read it on today 1 March 2002. I have always had a fondness for horses. In 1994 I experienced cancer and found the only way I could lose myself is to go to the Maryland tracks and handicap races with A Form. We have enjoyed the racetracks including Del Mar, Santa Anita, and Keeneland. I especially like Keeneland and the fact that you can visit the barns and watch workouts without restrictions. My daughter was killed in the awful accident at the Pentagon on 9/11. Her husband has established a foundation for her at "". This book gives me a better appreciation for the owners, trainers,jockeys and the life around racetracks. Thanks so much and may God walk with you down the path of life. Mack Farr
Herndon, Va USA

Comments by Jack Sheppard on Friday, March 01, 2002 at 01:00 IP Logged
Received Seabiscuit as a birhtday present and don't know when I've enjoyed a book more. Could hear the crowds, learned the tricks of the trade, learned about jockeys, trainers, owners, and a great collection of track personalities. Thanks so much for providing me (and many others) which such a exciting, warm, and truly entertaing book. I look forward to the movies and will check the library for future works by such a gifted writer.
Westerville, Oh USA

Comments by Carolyn Krieg on Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 07:50 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thank you for a superb read. I was given a gorgeous (so gorgeous I could not refuse) uncontrollable ex-racer 5 years ago who has become a near saint. You added to my understanding of his history and his ability. I am an artist and I tell all my friends to read your book so they can understand a bit of my passion for this beast. There is a pix of him on my website and I use him in my work: "Volt," for example. Thank you again.
Seattle, Wa USA

Comments by Colleen on Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 06:28 IP Logged
I am now reading the book Seabiscuit. I think it's great. My favorite racehorse of all times is Man O' War and as soon as i found out (a while ago) that Seabiscuit is Big Red's decendnt, i became interested in hearing and learning about him. I want to be a jockey and when i am 16 i will apply for my aprentince lisence and i hope i get to ride a horse with Man O' War and Seabiscuit's blood and will. Thanks for the book!
King of Prussia, PA USA

Comments by Marian S. Sengel on Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 03:01 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, YOU have won the Triple Crown with SEABISCUIT! Your superb writing took this reader every furlong of the way as you so skillfully wove all the strands of those many stories into one magnificent biography. Your work has made our world a better place.Thank you for this marvelous gift of faith,hope and love. Marian S. Sengel
Alexandria, Va. USA

Comments by Marian S. Sengel on Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 02:54 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand,
Alexandria, Va USA

Comments by Partho Roy on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 09:35 IP Logged
This was a phenomenal book. It is so in-demand here in horse-loving Maryland, that the Baltimore County Public Library System can't keep any copies on the shelves...all forty of them! The book-on-tape version is quite good as well. It'll make a horse-racing enthusiast out of any reader.
Baltimore, MD USA

Comments by Elisabeth Lundberg-Karlsson on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 03:02 IP Logged
Dear Laura, By now I have finished my translation of Seabiscuit into Swedish. There is just some prrofreading before I send it to the publisher. I have found explanations to all my questions. I understand that you are busy with other things, such as the film for example. There is only one question that remains. In the Notes, you use the abbreviations SB and FD. I just want to know what they stand for, so I know if I shall keep them or translate them into Swedish. I would be very grateful to get an answer. Best wishes, Elisabeth Lundberg-Karlsson
Gnesta, Sweden

Comments by Steve Alpert on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 07:47 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, Your book was one of the best books I have ever read. Thank you for the most wonderful reading experience I have had since I can't remember when. The way you captured the miracle of Seabiscuit grabbed my heart and soul in a profound way. I'm not even a racing fan but I do love animals, and I gravitated to your feeling for the horses and the men who worked with them. I felt as if I was actually in every race you described, magnificent! I bawled like a baby at the end at the unraveling of the lucky few who were graced to be involved with Seabiscuit. Pure poetry. Your gift to the world in this book is major life achievement and I stand here in standing ovation for you with tears running down my face. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Steve Alpert
New York, NY USA

Comments by HHH Bookclub on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 05:59 IP Logged
Our group just finished reading and discussing your biography about Seabiscuit, and for the first time we were unanimous in our praise for your work. We are now planning an outing to Belmont to experience the thrill of thoroughbred racing for ourselves. Your research and writing is impeciable and really brought to life the characters and time period. Thank you for opening the door to new experiences for our group,
Melville, NY USA

Comments by Joel Pozen on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 01:29 IP Logged
Sweet read. A page turner. Thanks for the knowledge and the entertainment.

Comments by Andrew Ajani on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 01:16 IP Logged
Hello Laura, You must be thrilled to have such a great response to Seabiscuit.... I have been working in DC for 18 months, I am originally from Melbourne Australia. My grandfather was a jockey and as you mentioned Pharlap is truly considered an Australian icon. Australians have a passion for sport that is unequalled. Your book was fabulous. If you would like insights into the Australian sporting culture I would love to catch up with you and discuss them Kind regards, Andrew E. Ajani MD
washington , dc USA

Comments by Lynn Sable on Monday, February 25, 2002 at 09:26 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I am about half way through "Seabiscuit" enjoying it immensely. The descriptions of the races are so intense I feel as tough I'm riding on top of the horse along with the jockey. Since I am unfamiliar with horse racing I am a bit confused about why some horses carry more weight than others. I thought that all horses carried the same weight, the weight of the jockey plus the weights that were added to make up the difference so that all horses have the same amount of weight to carry. Like I said, I don't know much about horse racing. Although I now have a whole new respect for the sport from reading your wonderful book. I've learned so much and am eager to learn more! Thanks for your time.
Yonkers, NY USA

Comments by Mary Lou Doner on Monday, February 25, 2002 at 09:04 IP Logged
When I crossed the finish line, I cried along with the Howards and Pollards and all the rest of the team.
So Seaside Park, NJ USA

Comments by Ted Vaiman on Monday, February 25, 2002 at 08:35 IP Logged
It has been many months since I first read Seabiscuit.As a fan of racing history and the sport itself, I was moved beyond words what a special job you did to create this marvel. As you must know race track fans love to tell stories how they won or lost a race. But rarely do I hear the bettors speak of the history of the great ones like Seabiscuit. You have told a story for the ages. You put me back into a time I never lived. You made the names of the people around Seabuscuit come alive in a way that was more real than if I was there myself. And now to find out that the energy you put into the research and writing took so much of a physical effort. You have truly inspired me and I just want to thank you for this marvelous piece of American literature. I wish you good health for many years to come.
Hawthorne, NJ USA

Comments by hetty on Monday, February 25, 2002 at 08:34 IP Logged
What a wonderful book. I had never heard of this horse but know I will never forget him. I just hope that the movie won't spoil it.
Dieren, GLD NL

Comments by M.C. Watson III on Monday, February 25, 2002 at 03:35 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, As a native of Louisville, Kentucky, I've been hopelessly in love with Thoroughbreds and horse racing since early childhood. Despite my knowledge of Seabiscuit and most of the great horses of the past century, your masterpiece gave me an understanding of Seabiscuit's fame, and the magnitude of his achievements. All aspects of horse racing, from the eccentricities of the people and horses involved, to the dynamics of this sport itself, are vividly portrayed in your book. Bellylaughs to tears of inspiration, your work bonds horse and human as never before in print. Thank you for capturing the deep love, and sheer exhileration for others to share. I've been to the Kentucky Derby. Now I have ridden Seabiscuit. Sincerely, M.C. Watson III
Louisville, KY USA

Comments by Valerie Wohlschlegel on Monday, February 25, 2002 at 02:36 IP Logged
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I have loved horses since I was a little girl. Now I have my own little girl who is almost as horse crazy as I was. The book was absolutely wonderful! It was almost like being there. I can't wait for the movie to come out. Thank you for your dedication. Valerie
Council Grove, KS USA

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