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Summary

Michael Morpurgo’s classic tale, capturing the power of the human spirit.

First published back in 1982, War Horse has taken the world by storm. The book was adapted to the stage and was performed at the National Theatre and on Broadway. This full and unabridged edition is beautifully performed here by the National Theatre’s first Albert, OIivier-award-winner Luke Treadaway.

At the outbreak of World War 1, 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.

©1982 Michael Morpurgo (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"The former children's laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers." ( The Guardian)
"Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects." ( The Daily Telegraph)

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Very enjoyable

This book is so well written and so well read by
Luke Morpurgo you feel like you are in the story itself .

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Fantastic!

Excellent narration, my 10 year old son and I listened to this on the way to and from school, I could hardly wait to pick him up every day so that we could listen to more.

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loved it ❤

amazing story.....everything anyone could want from a book. action, heartfelt, emotional, characters you could connect with. 100% recommend, didn't want to stop listening!!

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An excellent book. Wow

Very good book which moves along at a good pace and I would recommend to all ages although under 10s might find the start a little slow. Well read.

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An absolute classic that everyone should read

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There are so many beautiful and touching moments in this book that will definitely bring a tear to your eye. It is very well read and I was completely enthralled.

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great book. great reading. sad, though.

Such a moving tale, but so much tragedy.
Narrator excellent. Evocative. Thank heavens for the happy ending.

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Charming Children’s Story.

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

Yes, actually, I would. Being told the story in first person, from the point of view of the horse, Joey, made it grove well with a narrator.

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

It reminded me of The jungle books, because the story being told from the animals point of view. There is a great sense of charm and adventure in both books also. You don’t know where either story might take you.

Which character – as performed by Luke Treadaway – was your favourite?

He gave a real sense of life and character to the horse. Luke Treadaway did a great job.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I like the tag from the Stephen Spielberg film; Separated by War. Tested by Battle. Bound by Friendship.

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A truly brilliant listen. Through telling the story from the horse’s point of view, the author did not have to pick sides and showed that there were good people and bad people on either side. I think the horse is the perfect character for Children to emphasise with, as they could understand his struggles and the struggles of the characters he meets without getting caught up with the politics of the First World War.

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It was ok not the best but it was ok

It was a sad book I nice story but it ended really bad and strange

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  • Kari Svinarich
  • 15-04-18

Great book for a middle schooler

Would you listen to War Horse again? Why?

Yes, I'd listen to War Horse again. Knowing everything that happened, I could listen to it from another perspective and catch details that I didn't the first time. It was a quick moving story and enjoyable, even though it was stressful at times.

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

Black Beauty, Black Stallion, Animal Farm, A Dog's Life
Written from the animals point of view

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite was when Joey is reunited with Albert; an excellent example of dramatic irony

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when Joey and Albert were reunited

Any additional comments?

Showed most of the soldiers unhappy that they were soldiers; did not glamorize war, a happy ending, true story, movie to compare/contrast later

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  • Koby
  • 09-10-17

Just astonishing!!

The reader has a amazing British accent
I would recommend this to anyone who likes horses and war

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  • Daniel S. Kurmaskie
  • 02-01-17

Excellent story

Excellent story to help audiences of all ages to understand World War 1. The narrator is exceptionally talented.

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  • Joyous
  • 03-01-15

Sad when story ended

Wonderful story beyond expectation. Narration is top class and very empathic. I want to listen to the story again immediately. Great production.