Over the course of a story that is both intense and poignant, Morpurgo takes us on a journey through the very darkest times of the First World War and the horrors faced by those who endured it, be they man or beast.
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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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.
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!
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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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.
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!
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.
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!
I loved war horse!This was one of the best Michael Morpurgo books I have read along side Toro Toro. I cried at least twice when I listened to this book. I love the way Michael Morpurgo made you think you knew the characters as if they were your best friends, that is probably why I cried 😢 This audio book was also read very well so well done to Dan Stevens!
"Stevens brings adult sensibility to child's tale"
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
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.
"Truly engaging, emotionally and intellectually"
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.
The book was much better than the film. Too much was lost from the nature of the horses in the film.
"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!
"A book that holds you to the end"
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.
"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.
I could feel myself inside the story. Incredible narration of Dan Steven's from this lovely book.
"skips through does not cover the book"
would not recommend for listening or study, poor narration. waste of my time and money
A lovely sentimental story well written and well narrated. An anti-war story nicely done and appropriate for older children (10+). It would be a good story for the classroom for discussion.
A good story as well about relationships between animals and people.
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