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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (754 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Olmstead Narrator: Ed Sala Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Author Robert Olmstead's work has been called brilliant and compelling by the Chicago Tribune. Here, he takes us back to the Civil War. Robey Child, only 14, must go to the battlefield to bring his injured father home. Clad in a homemade uniform, gray on one side, blue on the other, and riding a powerful coal black horse, Robey sets out on a journey that will make him a man. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gena | 2/17/2014

    " I bought this book after listening to a positive review from some guy on NPR. He was so emphatic that everyone listening to the radio program should run right out and buy it that I did just that. I'm about half way through it- I put it down for a few days after realizing that it wasn't the right kind of book to be reading on vacation. I'll go back to it and finish it eventually but I'm not running back. Maybe it's just not my kind of book? I'm having a hard time connecting to the book. Having said that, I can't get the image of the crazy, lice ridden goose man out of my head. Creepy as hell. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mrose | 2/11/2014

    " While the writing was strong, there was much that was off-putting to me, including the premise of a mother willing to risk her son in the way she did, and the graphic violence which seemed never-ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 2/6/2014

    " This Civil War detached-child-narrator story took a while to grab me but the further I get from it the better a book I find it (minus the ending which was masculine fiction overkill for me.) A boy's mother sends him out to find his father who has gone off to war. She gives him a reversible union/confederacy jacket and a horse, but the horse goes lame on the way down from their mountain home and through the kindness of a general store owner he ends up with the coal black war horse of the title. He travels the war-ravaged countryside allowing for some interaction with war-ravaged people, loses and regains his horse, and buries the dead. Slow moving but satisfying and I think good history as well, and short enough to not get bogged down in the modern fiction style. Expect this on syllabi in the near future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joy Guenther | 1/14/2014

    " This was a great read. Reminded me of the story of "War Horse" but set during the Civil War. Now I'd like to read O'Reiley's "Killing Lincoln". "

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About the Author
Author Robert Olmstead

Robert Olmstead is an award-winning author and educator. His novel Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction. His other fiction work includes America By Land, A Trail of Heart’s Blood Wherever We Go, Far Bright Star, and Soft Water. Olmstead is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and an NEA  grant. Along with his fiction work, he has also written a textbook for fiction-writing workshops and a nonfiction memoir, Stay Here With Me. He is currently director of the creative writing program at Ohio Wesleyan University. Previously, he served as Senior Writer in Residence at Dickinson College and as director of the creative writing program at Boise State University.