In 1914, a beautiful foal with a distinctive cross on his nose is sold to the Army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western front. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?
©1987 Michael Morpurgo (P)2010 Scholastic Audio
I'm a mom of two kids that I homeschool. I first got into audiobooks to keep my children quiet and have peace in the car. Now we're hooked!
I loved that the story was from the horse's point of view. I was quickly invested in the story and it moved along at a good pace.
An interesting aspect of the story is how the main character, Joey, felt about the people who were riding and taking care of him. He was always fair and practical in his valuations of people. A very likable character. I also loved all the little side-stories that happened as a result of all the things Joey went through.
Joey was hands-down my favorite character, followed by David, his owner.
After Joey went to war, I couldn't stop listening.
John Keating did a wonderful job narrating this book.
i havent read it
When Joey is reunited with his original boy
A story of True Unconditional Love
This is a thrilling book not only for animal lovers but for anyone. I loved it! the story line is similar in some ways to the old Anna Sewell classic Black Beauty.
I am a horse lover so I especially appreciated the human to horse bonds described in the story. Also, because it was from the horse's point view, I was reminded of Black Beauty which I read as a child. This story is great for a young person or adult especially if you are an animal lover.
I love listening to books. It is my prefered reading method.
The horse. It was refreshing to hear the animals point of view. It made my humanity look inferior.
The horse Joey, and Top Thorn. Top Thorn is forever ingrained in my mind. Such a waste!
When Emily walked into the house after loosing the horse. I could feel the pain of loss that you knew was gone forever.
I have not seen the movie yet as I know how sad it is throughout the book, I will eventually.
this was a wonderful book and I enjoyed it very much.
the last part when they got the horse home
I could have, but I don't have that kind of time.
Hope the movie is as good as the book
Wanted to hear the book, prior to seeing the film. Delightful, as told by the horse, himself.
Easy to follow the adventure, good for all ages, I am 80 years old.
The story is wonderful. The reading however lacked animation and was a bit matter of fact. I can't wait to see what Steven Spielberg does with it. I know it is going to be a masterpiece!
I loved the bond everyone shared with this horse and other horses as well. I was proud of the compassion man had for these animals during such a daunting time.
i thought this book was ok. it's based out of europe, so it would be beneficial to know the area. the narrator is ok too. it's written in the point of view of the horse - like black beauty, which i liked.
Told from the horse's point of view, but not cutesy. The most annoying bit was the narrator's performance of the boy, Albert. Each sentence was read as a question.
Hard to imagine how truly horrible it must have been for those first cavalry companies to ride into German machine gun fire on the battlefield. Battle scenes are well and realistically depicted without gratuitous violence or gore.
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