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War Horse

Narrated by: Dan Stevens
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)

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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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Stevens brings adult sensibility to child's tale

If you could sum up War Horse in three words, what would they be?

Unique, moving point-of-view

Who was your favorite character and why?

It would require a heart of stone to answer other than Joey, the braver-than-brave horse was my favorite.

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

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

War through the eyes of the innocent

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Well done!

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.

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Truly engaging, emotionally and intellectually

Would you listen to War Horse again? Why?

No, because there are so many other books on my list to "read".

What other book might you compare War Horse to and why?

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".

Which character – as performed by Dan Stevens – was your favorite?

Can't say. All characters extremely well portrayed.

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

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.

Any additional comments?

I quite enjoyed this book. Very engaging emotionally and intellectually.

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Very Good

Any additional comments?

The book was much better than the film. Too much was lost from the nature of the horses in the film.

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Dan Stevens is a fantastic narrator.

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!

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A book that holds you to the end

Would you consider the audio edition of War Horse to be better than the print version?

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.

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

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.

Have you listened to any of Dan Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

Yes but I did it over a week.

Any additional comments?

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.

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If you love horses, you will love this book

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.

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Wonderful performance and warmth story

I’ve watched the movie with the same name and liked it very much. And then I listened to it in a much different way in audible, from a horse’s view, which is very special. I loved Dan’s performance, he played different characters which can be easily identified, and his voice is just enjoyable!

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I wish it were longer, wonderfully performed!!!

This story always makes me cry, happy and sad tears. The narration is great, he truly makes a performance of it. I truly recommend this title.

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Lovely

I could feel myself inside the story. Incredible narration of Dan Steven's from this lovely book.

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  • Diane
  • 08-01-12

War Horse

Beautifully written by Michael Morpurgo and beautifully read by Dan Stevens, he really does bring the story to life...Dan Stevens does every book he narrates justice, he has to be my favourite narrator by far.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Amez
  • 12-23-12

Fantastic Story, brilliantly narrated!

So much better than I thought it would be. The story is fantastic, the narrator's reading is brilliant and like a book you can't put down, this is an audiobook I can't stop listening to. I think this comes under the children's category, but I loved it and am 26 years old. I think this book is ageless. Fantastic audiobook!

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  • Eileen
  • 07-01-12

My type of story

I enjoyed this book very much. There are sad bits and happy bits like all other classic animals stories, ie Black Beauty, Lassie, etc. Michael does a very good job narrating which helped pass a few hours of boring weeding in the garden. And, as often happens I much preferred the book to the film.

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  • Lindsey
  • 09-02-12

Touching and engaging

I have put off watching the film or reading the book as I was worried I would find it too upsetting (childhood experiences of Black Beauty!!). Finally plucked up the courage to download this version and found the story to be touching without being maudling and is narrated perfectly.

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  • caroline
  • 03-04-12

Fantastic must read

I read this book on the train going down to see the War Horse theatre production. This book is an amazing emotional roller coaster all the way through. The book is beautifully narrated, I listened to the book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down! The imagery created by this audiobook was absolutely first class. It was so great I will read it again!

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  • Marie
  • 02-05-12

War Horse

This book stopped me going to sleep, normally I listen to a couple of chapters then I am ready for sleep. It is a story told from the horses perspective and his friendship with the people he meets along his way. It wasnt mushy but it did make me cry a little, a story that just leads you on and on. A bit like a lovely walk where you want to see the view over the hill and it takes you on for miles. Brilliant, thank you Michael Morpurgo for writing a very special book.

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  • Sally
  • 01-28-12

Lovely Story

Having seen the theatre production in London, of this story, I was intriqued to find out how the book compared. I have to say, it made a long car journey very enjoyable. The story, told from the 'horses mouth' bought home the sadness and horror that the horses endured during the 1st world war. Very thought provoking!

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  • patricia
  • 06-18-19

War horse

Brilliant and it does not matter how many times you read it or how many times you hear it it's great and I am now 82 years young

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  • susie
  • 04-30-19

Stunning performance

This wonderful story is made reai, inspiring and deeply touching by the reading ..Dan Steven's delivery of the author's words make this such a superb listen for young and old .

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  • Robbie
  • 06-06-18

My Favourite audio book!

A great rendition of a fabulous book!
I've listened to this multiple times when traveling.