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December has produced a surfeit of good movies based on books, including Hugo (based on Caldecott winner "The Invention of Hugo Cabret"), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Adventures of Tintin, We Bought a Zoo, and War Horse.
War Horse is the second Steven Spielberg movie of the month, following The Adventures of Tintin.

The movie is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, which tells the story of Joey, a fine working horse on a Devonshire farm in the days before World War I. Joey narrates this tale, beginning with his separation from his mother when he is purchased at auction by Albert’s father. A spirited, intelligent horse, he responds best to Albert’s gentle, understanding teaching and they develop a close bond. Albert is stricken when his alcoholic, financially strapped father sells Joey to the army for the war effort but vows to find his Joey on the fields of France.

Joey carries his new captain into battle and experiences the utter uselessness of cavalry fighting machine guns. Captured, he becomes a prisoner of war and is assigned to haul wounded German soldiers to a field hospital. A frightening barrage of gunfire sends him running. Finding himself in No Man’s Land, he realizes that soldiers are slaughtering other soldiers who are just like them, and offers a searing testament to the senselessness of war.

John Keating narrates the audiobook with pitch-perfect interpretations of Joey, Albert, and the many soldiers and caretakers, whether English, Welsh, German, or French, in Joey’s world.

Readers who love this tale of Joey will be interested in the sequel, Farm Boy, which relates memories of four generations of Albert’s family, told by his son and great grandson. Among many shared memories is the grandfather’s recollection of his father following his beloved horse into the army and bringing it home after the war.



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