An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
The book is even better than the movie and that’s saying a lot considering the movie is great. Interesting that in the book, the horse is the narrator since the story is from his point of view this makes sense and obviously would not work in a movie.
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With that said, I love how the book answered all of the questions I had after watching the movie such as:
Unlike the movie, the father was supposed to buy a cow instead.
I hate the name of the horse, until I read that it was named Joey b/c the kid already had a horse named Zooey.
In the book, there is no mention of the father drinking because he went to war and they never had a war badge of honor that was carried around as it was throughout the movie.
Two German kids who abandoned the war because of a promise to their mother, weren’t in the book at all.
And after watching the movie, I was wondering why the Grandfather looked different at the end and in the book, it states that he looked different because it was supposed to be years later.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
As part of my WW1 reading I came across this story about a War Horse in WW1 so decided to read it. The narrator, John Keating did a great job reading the story. The story is told from the point of view of the horse just like Black Beauty. The use of the horse Calvary in WW1 was a good example of trying to fight the with the equipment and tactics of the past. Machine guns, tanks and gas made the use of the war horse a disaster. The story has Joey following another war horse through the German lines. He is captured and becomes a German war horse then later he returns to English hands. The boy that raised him joins the army veterinary corp in a hope to find Joey. Read the story you will find it interesting as just a story but you can also learn a bit of history.
Yes I will listen again.
Sometimes I need a simple "feel good" tale.
Havent really given much thought to any comparison.
First time listening to Keatings work.
Got lots of smiles from this one.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a very good read.
How it showed the horses perspective.
I enjoyed the mood of the story. A very pleasent listen while driving.
Yes,I think most of my horse friends would enjoy the story, young and old.
The reader was too gentle for the story, maybe it was just his accent I didn't care for. He was OK not great.
I love this story of the relationship between Joey and Albert, and the narration is indeed superb. Now I hope I can find a DVD of the movie adaptation. Definitely an audiobook I recommend.
The story seemed contrived and a bit kitchy for my taste. On the other hand, for a younger audience, this might make a fine read.
registered nurse. first book to collect ATLAS SHRUGGED. audible goes to barbados with me every year.
lovely story, I absoluely fell in love with the horse....Went and saw the movie too. Beautiful story.
This is one of the most entertaining, best books ever written for all ages. This book was written from the point of view of the horse and it takes him through several owners and WWI. Joey is a magnificent animal with a great love for his one true owner, Albert, who has his love and devotion for all time. This book shows the devotion and love that can exist between an animal and their owner. It also displays the horrors and the unfairness to everyone and everything in war. Although it depicts tough times and the horrors of war, it still leaves the reader with good feelings and understanding for Joey and Albert.
My biggest problem with the book was that it ended too quickly. I wanted it to continue and smiled when I was done. Michael Morpurgo hit this one out of the ball park. Although he writes for the younger reader, this particular book is great for any age. I would definitely recommend it.
The narration was fantastic as this was my first John Keating, and I will look for him again. I did not see the movie as the books are much better. I enjoyed this book too bad it is so short. I believe this is a great read for young children to get to know WW1. There is some of the harsh side of war, but it also shows the kindness of men in tragedy. It would be too much for younger children due to the loss of life. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone wanting a good short read. It is a wonderful story and I plan to see the musical as it come to San Francisco this summer.