He was named "Sham" for the sun, this golden red stallion born in the Sultan of Morocco's stone stables. Upon his heel was a small white spot, the symbol of speed. But on his chest was the symbol of misfortune. Although he was as swift as the desert winds, Sham's proud pedigree would be scorned all his life by cruel masters and owners.
This is the classic story of Sham and his friend, the stable boy Agba. Their adventures take them from the sands of the Sahara to the royal courts of France and, finally, to the green pastures and stately homes of England. For Sham was the renowned "Godolphin Arabian" whose blood flows through the veins of almost every superior Thoroughbred. Sham's speed - like his story - has become legendary.
©2008 Marguerite Henry; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
This is a wonderful story by a favorite childhood author. I enjoyed listening to it with my daughter. The narration is outstanding. This audio performance was one of the best I have heard. I will be looking for other books read by David McCallum. One feature I especially like is that unlike some audio books, this book is divided into chapters that match the paperback copy I have. It can be so annoying if you want to switch between a hard copy and audio and the chapters do not match. I usually read aloud at home, but enjoy listening while in the car.
I would say that this audiobook ranks among the top five I have listened to in the last few weeks. There are some musical accompaniment to the story but it never intrudes --- "Post Time" is played at the beginning of the book, which starts out with the match race between Man o'War and Sir Barton.
I have loved this book, along with Marguerite Henry's other horse stories, since childhood and I am now a grandmother. I read this book to my son when he was a little boy -- it is a great book for children and adults who love horses or horse racing.
This is the first one I have listen to and Mr McCallum is excellent. He has the ability to mimic various accents and his female characters do not sound like women portrayed by a man. I will be seeking out other books read by him..
Not sure I want it made into a movie -- perfect as it is.
Unabridged and reasonably priced with the Kindle version...
You cannot go wrong with Marguerite Henry's books. My horse crazy daughter delighted in this one.
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