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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Love the atmosphere that the narrator has created, couldn't bear to put the book down.
The narrator kept me and of corse the story.
Love the dialect it fitso well . Mr Keating did a wonderful job loved it and I have heard other books. Really enjoyed this book , even if I read other reviews that didn't agree with me. Really enjoyed this selection.
This selection was more than one sitting because I listen while going to work.
I will love the move but the book hase made it personal for me. Love It!
"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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