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.
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Unique, moving point-of-view
It would require a heart of stone to answer other than Joey, the braver-than-brave horse was my favorite.
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.
War through the eyes of the innocent
No, because there are so many other books on my list to "read".
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".
Can't say. All characters extremely well portrayed.
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.
I quite enjoyed this book. Very engaging emotionally and intellectually.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Yes but I did it over a week.
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.
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.
Most likely not.
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.
Not really, but didn't add to it either.
It lacked that certain something which attracts me to characters in a well written book.
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