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
Insightful, Enduring, Magnificant
The different voices were most helpful in distinguishing the different characters and emotions. Great way to model reading to lower level readers.
No, we read two chapters a day.
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.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
you will love the book! A touching and well told tale from the horse's point of view, a la Black Beauty. A classic!
Say something about yourself!
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.
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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.
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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.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I liked that the main character was so changed that neither he nor Albert recognized one another.
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.
Great use of language and vivid description. A little too sentimental and melodramatic.
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.
Inspiring, Entertaining, Rewarding
Joey. He rolled with the punches but never gave up.
It both made me smile and brought a tear to my eye at several points in the story.
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.
The descriptions that the author used.
I love his accent, I believe it was needed to have a better feeling of the story.
No...although I was moved by the book, it was not to tears.
"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.
"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).
"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.
"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.
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 ,
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