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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,302 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Morpurgo Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545285308
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A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero's journey.

Format: 4 CDs, Unabridged
Narrator: TBA

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Superb…Joey’s voice—unsentimental and brave under fire—amplifies the emotional impact of the story…The historical details in this short book powerfully ground it in its moment.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “John Keating establishes a convincing narrator with his portrayal of Joey, an English farm horse…Keating characterizes each with credible emotions, accents, and age qualities. Through his portrayals, listeners understand the uniqueness of Joey’s masters, whether Welsh or German. Hearing their distinctly different stories and voices enables listeners to see the humans’ commonality. Each one hates war and bears love and admiration for the courage of this noble steed.”

    AudioFile

  • “As the soldiers from both sides of the conflict share their thoughts and feelings with Joey, listeners get unique and perceptive views of World War I. John Keating’s different accents are pitch perfect as he draws listeners into the story.”

    School Library Journal

  • “This searing World War I novel reveals the unspeakable slaughter of soldiers on all sides fighting against people who are just like them…Joey’s ability to understand the language wherever he is—England, France, Germany—reinforces the novel’s antiwar message, and the terse details speak eloquently about peace.”

    Booklist

  • “An eloquently told and absorbing friendship story. Horse lovers will be on the edge of their seats from the beginning to the end…Morpurgo presents both a fine history lesson and an emotional tale.”

    Children’s Literature

  • Runner-up for the 1982 Whitbread Award
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annemarie | 2/8/2014

    " I absolutely loved it and so did my boys. Emotional, both happy and sad. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 2/7/2014

    " Interesting story, easy read. It was a fun book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Gruhot | 2/7/2014

    " What a wonderful story! I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara Pansa | 2/1/2014

    " Touching beautiful story about the relationship between man & animal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Riley | 1/30/2014

    " Loved it! Also one you can't read in public for fear of PDT (Public Display of Tears). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/30/2014

    " Easy story to read....quick reading, actually. Entertaining and enjoyable. A feel good book! Now I am ready to see the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 7703nicolas | 1/23/2014

    " Wow I came into this book thinking it was going to be told from the perspective of Albert. Oh how wrong was I? It was told from the perspective of Joey. The story was about Joey's life as he travels through the army with best friend Topthorn. Joey goes through the top ranks in the British army, being captured by the German army and becoming the highest horse and then being found by Albert again. I would recommend this book to anybody who wonders what it was like inside war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Jackson | 1/20/2014

    " Great historical fiction novel told from the point of view of a horse used on both sides of World War 1. This author has another good WW1 novel called Private Peaceful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie Cortez | 1/2/2014

    " Great story and short read. It's a little predictable, but hey, it's for younger readers and I hadn't read it as a kid. I would still absolutely recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 12/31/2013

    " I didn't realize that this was a children's book. Fairly short, quick read that I rather enjoyed. Written from the horse's perspective. A lot of adventure but also emotion. I would recommend to any age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Taylor | 12/16/2013

    " I great book for anybody. Told from the perspective of a horse during World War I. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judith | 12/11/2013

    " If you're going to read a book written in the first person by a horse, read Black Beauty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carola | 12/8/2013

    " There are many things to like about this book: it would be enjoyed by a wide audience, it is an easy read, and the sotry is interesting. That being said, I did not find myself drawn to any of the characters as much as I expected to given the dramatic setting and events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena Belcourt | 9/25/2013

    " AMAZING!! And the movie wasn't half bad either "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clayton Jendrycka | 7/21/2013

    " IT has alot of action "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan E | 7/3/2013

    " Sweet and simple story about a courageous horse during WWI told via the horse's perspective. A quick listen and well told. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cole | 5/28/2013

    " I never thought I would say this but I think I liked the movie better than the book. Hard to believe I know. I loved the movie so I decided to read this book, which I liked but was disappointed when you compared them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Baker | 3/3/2013

    " One of the best books I've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charmie | 2/2/2013

    " Loved this book! It was a very compelling story and I enjoyed the way the story was told from the horse's perspective, a la "Black Beauty". It really taught me a lot about World War I and I thought I already knew a lot. I highly recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia Mckane! | 10/18/2012

    " What an amazing book. Sometimes funny, sometimes a tear-jerker, always a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saru (Queen of Bookland) | 7/6/2012

    " This book was an amazing, emotional story. It really made me realize how alike humans and horses are. they both can be scared, can love, and have several thoughts. I would've given this book 5 stars, but it has too many main characters dying so i gave it 4 stars. Still a GREAT read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoenix Reads | 4/7/2012

    " Wonderful. Written from the point of view of the horse, which makes it intimate and a terrific read. Of course, the movie is faboulous, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dreamydreamer | 3/29/2012

    " Easy read, a joy to dance through the impacting life of Joey. Thank you MM for this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronnie | 11/21/2011

    " I was so afraid to read this book .. I thought it would just be too sad. While the story is sad in parts, I did enjoy the read. As opposed to the movie it is taken from the point of view of the horse so you see the story thorough Joey's eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyson | 9/30/2011

    " Fab book and I love a happy ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberley | 7/6/2011

    " Aimed at children but good for all ages. I thought this book was super! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keely | 5/16/2011

    " I'm finding this book a history of the Second World War quite fantastic even though I have not finished it quite yet but I admit I will finish it soon! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 5/4/2011

    " I decided to read this when I read that it had been made into a play. The article about the horses that are used in the play (VERY large puppets for lack of a better term)sounded fascinating, but the book itself is just ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linnet | 4/30/2011

    " The story of Joey, who is sold into war and goes to France where he experiences the horror of World War I. Albert, the boy who loved and trained him on a farm in England, comes to find him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jilane | 4/26/2011

    " This book was written in a similar format at Black Beauty. It is written from the horse's point of view during World War I. Some touching parts in which the love between people and animals is demonstrated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dougjones | 4/18/2011

    " Read this after reading about the Broadway play. Was looking for a candidate for a Mother/Son bookclub for my wife and son. I thought it was well done, definitely pulls at the heartstrings, but well done. The telling from the horse's point of view a nice twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dlmoore83 | 4/16/2011

    " Beautiful WW1 story about a boy, his hires, and the callousness of war. Imagery of compassion and humanity within difficult conditions. Illustrates the confusion of war and the peacefulness of human hearts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stevie | 4/15/2011

    " Amazing. Even with the simplistic writing (meant for young readers) I wept on many occasions. The horrors of war as it was in 1914 are so real and make you think about where we are today. Told in the voice of Joey, as a horse, is absolutely heartwrenching. Astounding "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 4/14/2011

    " I first read this back in the '80s, but now that it's become a play and soon a film, I'm going to revisit. Great book that deserves to be read again and again! "

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About the Author
Author Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate of Britain, is the award-winning author of War Horse, now a major motion picture, among other works. He lives in Devon, England, with his wife, Clare. Together they founded the charity Farms for City Children, which gives children from urban areas an opportunity to spend a week working on a farm in the countryside.

About the Narrator

John Keating is an actor, voice talent, and the winner of eight Earphones Awards for audio narration. His numerous acting credits include Roundabout Theatre’s production of Juno and the Paycock and La Mama ETC’s production of Cat and the Moon, as well as various parts with the Irish Repertory Theater and the Irish Arts Center. He can also be seen in the HBO miniseries John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.