Review posted February 25, 2011.
Recorded Books, 2005. 9 compact discs, 9.75 hours.
Here's a horse story of the same sort I loved as a kid: We've got a horse who's strong and fast and brave, who narrowly escapes death many times, and loves his master. The horse of the title is named Hosannah, and he belongs to a boy in medieval times who sets out on one of the crusades with Richard the Lionheart.
The story is many-layered. We follow Will de Granville and his horse, but also his friend Ellie who must stay behind in England, and his brother Gavin who is betrothed to Ellie and almost kills Hosannah with his recklessness. The book also takes a close look at a Saracen boy who fights against them and also encounters Hosannah. We see many sides to the conflict, and it's not portrayed as one side either good or bad.
The narrator wasn't bad, though I would have preferred a male narrator doing so many male voices. This book is the first of a trilogy about the deGranvilles, and I intend to read them all, but will probably read the rest in print form. Still, it did make an enjoyable way to pass many hours in traffic.
This book is good for those who like historical fiction on an epic scale, battles, or just a good old-fashioned horse story.