Deep in the British Library tucked into the slipcover of a book on the history of Blenheim Palace a packet of extraordinary letters has been discovered. "Dear Marengo brackets Napoleon's horse close brackets, I've never written a letter like this before…." Thus begins the first passionate letter from Copenhagen, the Duke of Wellington's horse, to his hero Marengo in this epistolary equine love story. A story of two horses united by an uncommon passion, cruelly divided by a brutal conflict.
Warhorses of Letters stars Stephen Fry as Marengo, the seasoned, famous and just-a-little-bit-short mount of Emperor Napoleon. Daniel Rigby stars alongside him as Copenhagen, the frisky young racehorse who as our story begins is about to be the new mount for the Duke of Wellington. This collection of their moving letters to each other is introduced by Tamsin Greig.
Written by novelists Robert Hudson (The Kilburn Social Club) and Marie Phillips (Gods Behaving Badly - soon to be a feature film starring Christopher Walken and Sharon Stone), directed by Steven Canny and produced by Gareth Edwards.
©2011 AudioGO Ltd (P)2011 Robert Hudson
The writing isn't up to scratch. The writer manages to be amusing for about 10 minutes and then it gets old rather quickly.
What genre would that be?
Stephen Fry is always excellent.
It had Stephen Fry.
Not even evolution's finest product, Stephen Fry, can make this book funny in the long run. It is, as I said earlier, amusing for a while, but it quickly becomes old.
I thought I was getting this for my 10 year old and myself to enjoy together BUT this is not what I deem appropriate for 10 year old ears! Glad I listened to it first. Funny, clever and I could listen to Stephen Fry all day.
"Oh My Horsey God!"
Hilarious, enchanting and daft love story. The time is 1815. Stephen Fry plays Marengo, Napoleon's experienced warhorse, Daniel Rigby, Copenhagen, his younger English counterpart, warhorse of the Duke of Wellington. Naive and hero-worshipping Copenhagen initiates a correspondence with Marengo that quickens into something else. Copenhagen starts to sign off 'kiss, kiss, hoof print, hoof print'; Marengo to display jealousy over Copenhagen innocent references to his evidently well-endowed stable mate. Copenhagen is all Chelsea English ('Oh My Horsey God!'), Marengo all fruity French. An unexpected joy.
Wonderfully written and narrated audiobook, which I have already recommended to my friends. I laughed out loud so many times, at this sweet but hilarious tale of the love letters between two horses separated by war and distance. As usual Stephen Fry does not disappoint. A unique and imaginative tale that is definitely worth listening to. The only bad thing was that it was not longer!
"Warhorses of Letters"
Very strange and beautifully done. The standard of acting is impeccable and the story has a good flow. The characterisation comes out very well, not just through the writing but the voices. And everything is explained for us non-horse folk :)
"Warhorses of Letters"
I loved this on Radio 4, and revisiting it as an audiobook wasn't disappointing. Stephen Fry is superb. The double entendres are hilarious, but the story is also touching.
"Had me in stitches all along."
I love the history of the Napoleonic wars, and the secret correspondence of Marengo and Copenhagen is just hilarious, full of wit and caustic commentary. For history enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys British humour.
Stephen Fry at his very best, a truly entertaining listen that kept us smiling and waiting for the next letter.
I don't know anyone who would enjoy this. I stupidly thought it would be along the lines of Warhorse but anything further from that is hard to imagine. Admittedly I stopped listening before the end.
It depends what you mean by genre. Was it supposed to be funny?.
The performances were fine considering the material. In part,my choice was made because of the narrators.
All of it
I must be more careful when making my selection
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