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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Kara Pansa | 2/1/2014

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

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