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War Horse

Narrated by: Luke Treadaway
Series: War Horse, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
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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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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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A Glorious Tale.

I have watched the movie, but never read the book. I am so glad that I bought this glorious audiobook. I thoroughly enjoyed it. No irritating sound effects r incidental music. Just clear and beautifully read text. Wonderful.

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Captivating

Yet again Michael Morpurgo story telling ability has captivated me. He transported me to another time and place. I have cried and laughed and been moved beyond words.

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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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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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heartbreaking but thoroughly enjoyable

Loved it!
Laughed and cried. A truly wonderful story.
My 9year old is hoing to read it next!

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Great

Amazing book. Loved listening to it, audio book better than print book. Thanks ! Highly recommend it.

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War Horse

well the overall book was amazing and all the characters in this book are in depth and have a lot of personality

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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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Genius writing as always from Morpurgo

Listened to this in one sitting. Loved it, cried, but loved it. Now to teach it.

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  • Ryan
  • 13-11-18

War horse

War horse it was an amazing book with action drama adventure and romance it is one of the best books I have ever read

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  • Sakura
  • 01-09-18

beautiful piece

I loved it alot. I watched the movie before and this narration brought it again in front of my eyes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-18

yeeeee

loved it very much I must wait was very good I cried a lot .

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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.