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Comments by Rick Sherburne on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 06:40 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I had read the review in Time magazine and finally got your book. It was simply wonderful. I felt as if I were there riding The Biscuit. Your painting of the events and breathtaking action is, well, breathtaking.
Ft Lauderdale, FL USA

Comments by Janie on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 05:09 IP Logged
Thank you for a wonderful book. I have never had any interest in racing or horses and was not sure I would enjoy the book when I received it as a present. Much to my surprise, I loved your book and was so sad when it was over that I decided to start at the beginning and read it again. I'm recommending it to everyone I know. Thank you.

Comments by Aelin Johnson on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 04:09 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I was thrilled by this book. I own an eight year old thoroughbred that I trained myself for eventing. i was captured by this book and would love to see the movie. I would love to read more and find out more about Seabiscuit and his adventures. I almost cried at the end of the book from the phrase "died at 14." He was too young to die. Love to hear more. Good luck in writing books.
Irasburg, VT USA

Comments by Amy Falcone on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 03:58 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I am so impressed by your achievement in writing 'Seabiscuit' while struggling with Chronic Fatigue Sydrome. I too have CFS, and reading an article about you in USA Today made me want to share a few approaches I have found helpful, although I am not better yet. 1. I was tested for heavy metal toxicity, after being sick for some time, and my doctor found that I had highly toxic levels of mercury and lead in my body. We do not know why, since I do not even have dental fillings, a common cause of mercury toxicity. I am now taking medicine to remove the metals. Since you first became ill after a severe case of food poisoning, I wondered if you had ever been tested for mercury or other heavy metals, especially if it was fish that caused the food poisoning. 2. The article mentioned that you had edema. Have you ever tried lymphatic massage? I'm not sure, but I thought maybe that could provide some relief. 3. The article also mentioned that for the edema, you must take antibiotics. I had to take antibiotics for several months when I first got sick, and I think they, in turn, caused other problems that I am still dealing with. I did not know at the time that antibiotics kill the "good" bacteria in one's intestines, which keep other harmful bacteria under control, among other things. Now I take acidophilus and probiotic supplements to replenish the good bacteria. My doctor also treated me for Candidiasis, a condition that results from an excess of Candida yeast in one's intestines, which causes food allergies and contributes to fatigue. This condition is not recognized by all doctors, though; it is in the alternative medicine side of things. -- I know you have tried so many things to help your CFS and have received many suggestions from fans, so you probably are already aware of these potential treatments. I wanted to share them just in case, though. Sincerely, Amy Falcone
Mechanicsburg, PA USA

Comments by John Meyer on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 03:31 IP Logged
I just finished reading your wonderful book, which I had gotten on the recommendation of my brother. Our father, who grew up during the Depression, always loved horses and horseracing, and had his own stable of racing thoroughbreds in later years in Texas, which he raced mostly in New Mexico. I'm sure he was a Seabiscuit fan, as his life and personality were much like I pictured Seabiscuit himself in your book. I was saddened by the fact that he never got to read your book, but I was also grateful to you for giving us all a view of life among the horse people during those years. I look forward to the movie, but I know it won't match your wonderful words. Best of luck with with the CFS.
Hondo, TX USA

Comments by NEIL MCGINLEY on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 02:06 IP Logged
Dear Laura I received a copy of your book for christmas and I would to tell you what enjoyment and pleasure I had reading it. The research for the book must have been a lot of fun and hard work but really worth the effort. Being an avid racing fan the insight into the old days was really interesting and the story itself was engrossing. Keep up the good work and be sure to let us know about your next book. Neil

Comments by Daun Lutz on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 02:00 IP Logged
Laura, I had a love/hate relationship with your book, which means that I loved it because it was such a fantastic well written story and I hated it because I am still recovering from the sleep deficit from staying up so late reading it. Thank you for recapturing such a wonderfully inspiring story. You brought something to life that, for me, was only history. Now it is so much more than that! You mentioned that you have some of the newsreel footage of his races. I would love to see those. Are they planning to include any of that footage in the movie, or would it ever be available on video? I would really enjoy the opportunity to actually see him run! Thank you again for a great book. Best wishes to you.
Eustis, FL USA

Comments by John Deakin on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 01:36 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I was lucky enough to receive not just one but two copies of your wonderful book as Christmas presents.I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely. As an avid horse racing fan I always take in one or two days at either Hoolywood Park or Santa Anita during my twice yearly trips to California , where my son and his family live. your excellent book will certainly add interest to these visits in the future, bringing to mind Seabiscuits exploits at both tracks. Thankyou for a wonderful read. Best Wishes John Deakin

Comments by Ed Lynch on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 00:27 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I thought only Jesus could resurrect the dead but you have raised Tom, Charles, Red, and George and others but most especially-Seabiscuit- to live again in our hearts in these times. I had- with great pain and sorrow- to let them all go again. Such is Life and Death. In the Sport of Kings you are the Goddess! Such emotion and joy and love you have shared with us. Thank YOU!
Madison, Ct USA

Comments by wes hagensen on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 09:01 IP Logged
Really enjoyed the book! I'm not (nor will I be) a gambler on horse racing but the story was engrossing. I recently plugged the book on a local radio talk show. I believe the host would enjoy interviewing you. Our community is considering building a race track in cooperation with North Dakota State University and a potential equestrian program at the university. Your insights to horse racing would likely be welcome to listeners of this radio program. The host can be reached at Steve Poitras is the gentleman's name. The show is on from 3:00PM to 4:15PM CST Monday thru Friday KFGO-AM is the most listened to station in our area.
Moorhead, MN USA

Comments by Mike Tagart on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 06:11 IP Logged
As a fan of thoroughbred racing, I asked my wife to buy me your book for Christmas. It grabbed me from the first paragraph! I am 62 yrs. old, too young to remember Seabiscuit in his heyday but of course I had heard of him over the years. I am so enthralled by this book, that I get tears in my eyes every time I pick it up, it really brings out the emotions in me. You have done a phenominal job telling his story, how I wish I could have seen this horse run! I am not even done reading the book yet, I can't wait to pick it up again. I was going to send it to my son-in-law who was a jockey in the 70's, but even when I am done, this book will never leave my possesion. I am going to buy another one and send it to him. I can't wait until the movie comes out! Thank you Laura, for bringing this horse back to life.
Snohomish, WA USA

Comments by Vince Poiscitelli on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 04:31 IP Logged
Dear Laura; I finally completed your wonderful book. It deadheats with Right From the Horse's Mouth as my favorite book. Congratulations on a masterpiece. However, I have a few simple questions that confused me. I don't have your e-mail address. Shall I post them here or can you e-mail me? Thanx, Vince Piscitelli
Benicia, CA USA

Comments by sandyguillory on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 03:13 IP Logged
Thank you, thank you so much for this moving, heartskipping, breathtaking piece of American history. You have given us such insight into this sport that many people today have never given a thought to and to the handiwork and toils of the jockeys. Anyone who loves this book will love "THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES", a man after Tom Smith's heart. Where did you learn to write and tell a story the way you did so magnificently!!
lake charles, la USA

Comments by Marcia Winborne-Graven on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 02:08 IP Logged
What can I was the best book I've read (if not THE best) in a very long time! I had quit reading contemporary authors because so few can really write. You made me want to read again! I was 7 when Seabiscuit died and you brought him back with his great heart and had me hollering "Come on Seabiscuit!", for a race that happened over 60 years ago! I cried for his wins and at losing him again, but we all can have him back by reading your wonderful book. Thank you! I sure hope Hollywood doesn't screw it up! By the way - RE: CFS. If you have ANY so-called "silver" fillings in your teeth, and/or root canals, PLEASE check out the possibility of being poisoned by these. They also have been known to cause MS and other neurological illnesses for people, because those amalgam fillings are actually over 50% MERCURY. Please don't listen to doctors who tell you they aren't poisonous or that they can't affect you. Find out for yourself! Check out Dr. Huggins website ( find out about mercury poisoning for yourself. There are tests to find out if you are poisoned, but they have to be done right. It just may be the key to open the lock. Good luck with it and thanks again for your wonderful book!
Arroyo Grande, CA USA

Comments by Bob Croft on Monday, January 28, 2002 at 08:39 IP Logged
Enjoyed the book. An old friend of mine,Roy O'Neil who has since passed away, "rubbed" Ligarotti. Roy went to his grave swearing that Ligarotti was robbed ,in his match race with Seabiscuit. Roy had several colorful stories about Sonny Greenberg. In your interviews,did it ever come up that it was often rummored that Kayak II did not try his best to beat Seabiscuit in S.A. Handicap ?
orland , ca USA

Comments by Thada Larimer on Monday, January 28, 2002 at 04:58 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillebrand, I saw you on Good Morning America and thought your book sounded interesting. I normally would not buy a horse biography. I asked my husband to get it for me for Christmas and he did. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! I recommend it to everyone I talk to. Scioto Downs and Beulah Park are close to home and I can't wait to go again. I have a whole new love and respect for those horses and understand so much more about the sport. I'll write again if I win big based on the new strategies I've put together while reading about the placement of the horse and the weight of the jockey!!!! :) My grandma is 86 years old and I asked her one day if she knew who Seabiscuit was and her answer was, "The racehorse"? I couldn't believe it. I guess EVERYONE alive during that time period knows who Seabiscuit was!!! I've let her borrow my copy of the book!! Thank you for a great read.
Gahanna, oh USA

Comments by Ms. Lee Young on Monday, January 28, 2002 at 02:42 IP Logged
Loved the book, read it to my husband, who is 80 years old and is blind, macular degeneration, and it gave him great pleasure.
Sherman Oaks, CA USA

Comments by Hannes von Stefenelli on Monday, January 28, 2002 at 01:22 IP Logged
what a great book - unfortunately finished it in two days - couldn't put it down !
Vanvouver, BC Canada

Comments by Haidee Padgett on Monday, January 28, 2002 at 01:16 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I'm an avid barrelracer and lifelong horse fanatic. My friend sent me your book. It took me 3 days to read it. I couldn't put it down and read until my eyes were so tired my vision was blurry and I'd have to put it down. I love to read and my dad was an author. I know a good one when I read one and you are the best I've ever run into. Absolutely the best book I have ever read. It captivated me from the very first page and I'm sad to be finished with it. I've recommended it to everyone even if they are not a horse fan. The homework that you must have had to do was amazing and very detailed. It really brought everything to life and drew you into thier world. Reading thru some of these guestbook comments has brought tears to my eyes. You should be so proud of the book. Thank you for writing such an incredible book about Seabiscuit and the three men who were so instrumental in his life. I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed the book. What an incredible horse Seabiscuit was. Thank you so much. Haidee Padgett
Wasilla, Ak. USA

Comments by Marjorie Ann Hass on Monday, January 28, 2002 at 00:53 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I am 54 years old, but remember a game I played as a child. It was a horse racing game, and one of the horses was named Seabiscuit. I really enjoyed your book, couldn't put it down, and finished it in about three days. You have a remarkable gift for making us see into the thoughts of the owner, trainer, and jockeys. I learned a lot about the jockeys (going through holes made by the horses, etc.) and just love Seabiscuit. Please write more stories. I can't wait to see the movie. This book was one of the best ones I have read in a long time. Thank you. Marjorie Hass Hartshorne, Oklahoma 74547
Hartshorne , Oklahoma USA

Comments by William Bolton on Sunday, January 27, 2002 at 03:46 IP Logged
I was a late coming to horse racing in 1982. I was 11 years old in 1938 and more involved in my sports than horse racing. After Reading "Seabiscuit" I regret that I missed his performances. I sincerely enjoyed the book and anoth regret is that the great friend who turned me on to racing died in December 2000. How he would have enjoyed "Seabiscuit" is appreciated by self and his family. I hope that Ms Hillenbrand writes many books because she has a gift to entertain as well as enlighten.
Dade City, FL USA

Comments by Richard D. Perry on Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 03:14 IP Logged
Great book, just about finished. I am a draft horse owner and have never been especially fond of thoroughbred horse racing due to the physical demands, accidents, and oftentimes tragic end of the competitors. Your book, however, has allowed me to view the sport a little differently. Although I may never change my opinion, the book is written beautifully and I have enjoyed ever page of it. What became of Seabiscuits foals?
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Comments by jerry Mccullough on Friday, January 25, 2002 at 06:37 IP Logged
Laura, Having grown up right next to Arlington Park in Arlington Hts., IL I gave a great love of horses and the race track. My dad saw "Woolf" ride Whirlaway in the Derby and the tradition has continued down to me. I want to thank you for writing this book. My favorite part of the book was your ability to describe the details of each race. I felt I was on the back of Seabiscuit. Very descriptive. I do have a question for you inregards to my home track. In th book you mentioned Arlington park a few times. What was the reputation of Arlington Park among the owners trainers and jocky's during the 30's and early 40's. I have also been told Washington Park was the premier track in Chicago. If you could let me know any details about the arly history of Arlington I would be appreciative. Sincerely, Jerry McCullough
Arlington Hts, IL USA

Comments by Laura Frantzen on Friday, January 25, 2002 at 03:00 IP Logged
What is going on with the movie version? Are they in production yet?
Chatsworth, ca USA

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