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War Horse | [Michael Morpurgo]

War Horse

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Julie PENSACOLA, FL, United States 12-26-11
    Julie PENSACOLA, FL, United States 12-26-11
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    "Great idea for reluctant readers!"
    If you could sum up War Horse in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, Enduring, Magnificant


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

    The different voices were most helpful in distinguishing the different characters and emotions. Great way to model reading to lower level readers.


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

    No, we read two chapters a day.


    Any additional comments?

    I used the audio version as a read along with my 7th grade class. We finished two days before the Christmas break and they were excited. They would come in and talk about how they saw the trailer for the movie that morning, or the night before. They wrote a short chapter review after each chapter and we discussed how the trailer followed the book. After the break, I am sure we will have further discussion on how the book and movie were the same and what were the differences. Overall, having the audio version that followed the book, word for word was a great way to keep them interested in reading.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-13-14
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "If you liked the movie..."

    you will love the book! A touching and well told tale from the horse's point of view, a la Black Beauty. A classic!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna Lake Dallas, TX 10-20-11
    Deanna Lake Dallas, TX 10-20-11 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Enjoyable"

    John Keating as always, did a fabulous job of narration.

    As an avid horse lover I am always looking for another great horse book. This book is written from the point of view of a horse during WWI and tells of the harsh realities faced by both people and the horses. It doesn't go into so much detail that it wouldn't be safe for children however.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-02-13
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Answers all of the questions"

    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.

    Possible Spoiler Alerts:

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-27-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Wonderful"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Toot TN 02-21-12
    Toot TN 02-21-12 Member Since 2007
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    "good read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of War Horse to be better than the print version?

    Liked the story even though it is as sad in places as BLACK BEAUTY. the lives of many horses is sad. The author rally knows horses and how they become attached to other horses and people. Really enjoyed the historical parts of it.


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

    When


    Have you listened to any of John Keating???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    The book is listed a a book for young adults. Most of the people I know that have read it are considered elderly. They also got it for their grandchildren.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Canterbury, CT, United States 01-14-12
    Amazon Customer Canterbury, CT, United States 01-14-12
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    "Not what I expected"
    What made the experience of listening to War Horse the most enjoyable?

    I wanted to read the book prior to see ing the movie and this was a quick way for me to do that as I was going on a trip.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the main character was so changed that neither he nor Albert recognized one another.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I'm not sure I appreciated the narrator. He did not give the horse any maturity as the story progresses. Joey sounds immature from start to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    Great use of language and vivid description. A little too sentimental and melodramatic.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Anchorage, AK, United States 11-26-11
    Pamela Anchorage, AK, United States 11-26-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent"

    Loved it. I liked that it included history. Such a good horse and human(s) story. It reminded me of Smokey the Cow Horse. I totally enjoyed this book. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Land O Lakes, FL United States 04-23-12
    Christian Land O Lakes, FL United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2012

    Baron

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    "Great Story Well Told"
    If you could sum up War Horse in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, Entertaining, Rewarding


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joey. He rolled with the punches but never gave up.


    Which character – as performed by John Keating – was your favorite?

    Joey


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It both made me smile and brought a tear to my eye at several points in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I saw the movie as well and the audio book was better. The story in the audio book was told by Joey - something you really couldn't pull of in a movie, and that really made a big difference for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Holton, KS, United States 02-14-12
    Michelle Holton, KS, United States 02-14-12
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    "An excellent adolescent novel."
    What did you love best about War Horse?

    The descriptions that the author used.


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

    I love his accent, I believe it was needed to have a better feeling of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No...although I was moved by the book, it was not to tears.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Amanda
    Barnstaple, United Kingdom
    1/13/11
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    "Captivating read for all ages"

    I am 50yrs old & first saw the stage play in London recently which is brilliant & inspired me to listen to the book. I love the combination of clever & engaging narrative, lovely characters & a wonderful story based on the realities of the first world war. What a wonderful history lesson without the lecture. I loved it from start to finish.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Faith
    Billingham, United Kingdom
    8/5/11
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    "Marvellous story - very well read"

    Since this book is now a play and is being made into a film I thought I'd find out what all the fuss was about and download the audiobook. The story is about a horse called Joey and his experiences during World War 1. The book is touching and moved me to tears which was a bit inconvenient as I listen to audiobooks as I walk my dog! I'd thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who loves animals or just enjoys a great story well told. Can't wait to see how well it translates to the big screen (probably no where near as good as the book).

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    7/16/13
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    "Beautiful Imagery Emotionally lifting and draining"

    This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever had the pleasure of reading through listening. It is my first and only book so far by Mr Morpurgo. I thought the narrative by John Keating was ideally suited to the book and it enhanced my pleasure of it. The use of language was such that I felt part of the story from the beginning and felt every joy and hardship along the way It is such a wonderful story so beautifully told. I will listen to it again I know and would recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Woolhampton, Berks, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Over-sentimental but beautifully written"

    It is not easy to write a story from the point of view of a horse. I write fiction and have written a story from a horse's viewpoint so please trust me on this, However, Morpurgo pulls it off with a story that is bittersweet but lovingly crafted. The target audience seems to be the teenager but I found a great deal to like in the story and the performance was first rate. If you don't mind a touch of the mawkish, this is a very fine read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    Aldershot, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Brilliant"

    Absolutely brilliant I listened to the whole book in one just couldnt stop , a lovely lovely book , would recommend it to everyone ,so well described and a lovely easy to listen to voice ,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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