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War Horse | [Michael Morpurgo]

War Horse

At the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home.
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Publisher's Summary

Beautifully performed by Dan Stevens, 'War Horse' has taken the world by storm. First published back in 1982, the book was adapted to the stage and was performed at the National Theatre back in 2007. It's well-deserved success means that it has now gone into it's third year at the New London Theatre and will be later debuting on Broadway in New York City.

At the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home.

©2010 HarperCollins Publishers; (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Georgia Burns Atlanta GA 01-16-12
    Georgia Burns Atlanta GA 01-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Stevens brings adult sensibility to child's tale"
    If you could sum up War Horse in three words, what would they be?

    Unique, moving point-of-view


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It would require a heart of stone to answer other than Joey, the braver-than-brave horse was my favorite.


    What does Dan Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have read the book but did not have nearly the repertoire of amazing voices in my head that were at the complete command of Dan Stevens to entertain and entrance me. His voice and characterizations added so much depth to the experience.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    War through the eyes of the innocent


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    R. Hackett canada 06-19-12
    R. Hackett canada 06-19-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Truly engaging, emotionally and intellectually"
    Would you listen to War Horse again? Why?

    No, because there are so many other books on my list to "read".


    What other book might you compare War Horse to and why?

    Charlotte's web by E.B. White, as it brings you inside the mind and soul of a non-human entity (spider versus horse), and both stir the emotion while at the same time providing much" food for thought".


    Which character – as performed by Dan Stevens – was your favorite?

    Can't say. All characters extremely well portrayed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh no, I seldom have the time to listen to an entire book in one sitting; but this is a short book and would lend itself to listening in one sitting compared to many others.


    Any additional comments?

    I quite enjoyed this book. Very engaging emotionally and intellectually.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr.& Keaau, HI, United States 04-09-12
    Mr.& Keaau, HI, United States 04-09-12
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    Any additional comments?

    The book was much better than the film. Too much was lost from the nature of the horses in the film.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn United States 02-15-12
    Robyn United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Well done!"

    A story told from a non-human perspective is unusual . . . but, to have one set during WWI is truly remarkable. The story is captivating, but (narrator) Dan Stevens does an incredible job of story telling.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Glendale, Ohio, United States 03-06-12
    Susan Glendale, Ohio, United States 03-06-12

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    "Dan Stevens is a fantastic narrator."

    My 14-year old son and I listened to this audiobook on a road trip. We both loved it. We know a bit of World War I history, and that was what hooked us into the story. Neither of us are horse lovers per se, and I was wondering what I'd think of hearing a story told from a horse's point of view. But it really works! Joey the horse does duty as a farm horse, a cavalry horse, and a cart horse during the course of the whole book. Dan Stevens makes it all come alive with his various voices and accents. He keeps the dialogue lively and fun. He brings real warmth and depth to the human and horse characters. I learned a few more things about life during World War I too. I recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jule Launching Place, Australia 01-23-12
    Jule Launching Place, Australia 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A book that holds you to the end"
    Would you consider the audio edition of War Horse to be better than the print version?

    It has been the first audio book that I have had. It was very easy to listen to. It still allows you to have your own imaginal input into it. The accents where done very well. It would have been harder for me in my time restraints to read it. I would definately recommend it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War Horse?

    There where a few. When he gets taken away and the heartache that Albert feels. When the two soldiers meet to save him from the fence. When he is reunited with Albert. When he has to watch his friend die and carn't leave him. When he is taken away from his mother.


    Have you listened to any of Dan Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but I did it over a week.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it, thank you very much. It is a great thing that people with busy schedules, long driving times or being able to lie in bed and listen so that you don't interupt your partner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    malison 06-10-10
    malison 06-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "If you love horses, you will love this book"

    Very heart wrenching story, well narrated. Paints a brutal but realistic picture of WWI, what the horses and men of the calvary went through. Fascinating seeing it through the horse's eyes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 03-09-14
    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Fall In Love"

    This children's story will teach you about the Horrors of WWI while making you fall in love with a boy and his horse. Excellent for kids of all ages.

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    "unknown" Royal Oak, MI, United States 08-10-12
    "unknown" Royal Oak, MI, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2011

    Female, love a good mystery, Victorian English literature and love to laugh (Dickens, Austen, Trollepe, Wodehouse, Gaskell, Elliot

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    "A letdown- overlooked the fact it was abridged"
    Would you try another book from Michael Morpurgo and/or Dan Stevens?

    Most likely not.


    Has War Horse turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but in fairness this book may have been better if I had not gotten the abridged version. It felt like there was so much missing. My rule is never read (or listen to) abridged books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not really, but didn't add to it either.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It lacked that certain something which attracts me to characters in a well written book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Diane
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    "War Horse"

    Beautifully written by Michael Morpurgo and beautifully read by Dan Stevens, he really does bring the story to life...Dan Stevens does every book he narrates justice, he has to be my favourite narrator by far.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
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    12/23/12
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    "Fantastic Story, brilliantly narrated!"

    So much better than I thought it would be. The story is fantastic, the narrator's reading is brilliant and like a book you can't put down, this is an audiobook I can't stop listening to. I think this comes under the children's category, but I loved it and am 26 years old. I think this book is ageless. Fantastic audiobook!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eileen
    Biggar, United Kingdom
    7/1/12
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    "My type of story"

    I enjoyed this book very much. There are sad bits and happy bits like all other classic animals stories, ie Black Beauty, Lassie, etc. Michael does a very good job narrating which helped pass a few hours of boring weeding in the garden. And, as often happens I much preferred the book to the film.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Coleshill, United Kingdom
    9/2/12
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    "Touching and engaging"

    I have put off watching the film or reading the book as I was worried I would find it too upsetting (childhood experiences of Black Beauty!!). Finally plucked up the courage to download this version and found the story to be touching without being maudling and is narrated perfectly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • caroline
    United Kingdom
    3/4/12
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    "Fantastic must read"

    I read this book on the train going down to see the War Horse theatre production. This book is an amazing emotional roller coaster all the way through. The book is beautifully narrated, I listened to the book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down! The imagery created by this audiobook was absolutely first class. It was so great I will read it again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    2/5/12
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    "War Horse"

    This book stopped me going to sleep, normally I listen to a couple of chapters then I am ready for sleep. It is a story told from the horses perspective and his friendship with the people he meets along his way. It wasnt mushy but it did make me cry a little, a story that just leads you on and on. A bit like a lovely walk where you want to see the view over the hill and it takes you on for miles. Brilliant, thank you Michael Morpurgo for writing a very special book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    CHARD, United Kingdom
    1/28/12
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    "Lovely Story"

    Having seen the theatre production in London, of this story, I was intriqued to find out how the book compared. I have to say, it made a long car journey very enjoyable. The story, told from the 'horses mouth' bought home the sadness and horror that the horses endured during the 1st world war. Very thought provoking!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Reread in remembrance"
    What made the experience of listening to War Horse the most enjoyable?

    I saw the stage version of War Horse last Friday in Cardiff I had read the book when it was first published and because the stage performance is so amazing I was distracted from the characters
    listening to the story reminded me what a powerful story it is


    What did you like best about this story?

    the truth and contrasts
    the understanding between Albert and Joey
    the horror of war and WW1in particular
    the shining examples of kindness and humanity form all sides


    Have you listened to any of Dan Stevens’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Emily's grandfather mourning his little granddaughter and yet able to see Albert as the best keeper of Joey


    Any additional comments?

    With the anniversary of WW1 approaching I have spoken with my grandsons and encouraged them to reread War Horse
    My grandfather survived WW1 yet like many others never spoke about his experience he was a farmer and always had a special care of his horses

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • caroleporter
    manchester, United Kingdom
    8/28/13
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    "the best audible book i have heard"
    Would you listen to War Horse again? Why?

    yes i would listen to this book again. made me cry


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    all of it. from start to finish


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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