Black Beauty

Written by:
Anna Sewell
Narrated by:
Cori Samuel
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Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
381
Narrator
127
Release Date
January 2012
Duration
5 hours 44 minutes
Summary
Black Beauty is a fictional autobiographical memoir told by a horse, who recounts many tales, both of cruelty and kindness. The title page of the first edition states that it was "Translated from the Original Equine by Anna Sewell." It was composed in the last years of her life, during which she was confined to her house as an invalid. After its publication in 1877, Sewell lived just long enough to see her first and only novel become an immediate bestseller, as well as it encouraging the better treatment of many cruelly-treated animals.

Although initially intended for people who work with horses, it soon became a children's classic. While outwardly teaching animal welfare, it also contains allegorical lessons about how to treat people with kindness, sympathy and respect. The story is narrated in the first person and each short chapter relates an incident in Black Beauty's life, with Sewell's detailed observations and extensive descriptions of horse behaviour lending the novel a good deal of verisimilitude.
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Anonymous

I loved hearing the story again, and the narrator was perfect!

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Anonymous

good book for all ages

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Deb Steinman

I love this book so much! This book is a little sad but so very worth listening to. Don't be concerned it is too sad for your children, I am 9 and thought it was a fantastic book. I will listen again and again to this story.

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Jewel c

i loved it.

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Krista Y

Great book ! My daughter is in love with listening to it

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Karen Billingsley

I'm enjoying the book but I wish there was only one reader

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Sarah Test

it is a great and touching book. love it

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Anonymous

One of my favorite all time horse stories even as a middle aged woman. I wore this book out, several times, when I was younger. The narrator did a fantastic job and has a fantastic voice. Great job!

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Jodilee Ward

Very beautiful and inspiration as well as, other narrator, very well spokn, since I am almost completely drag their words were very crisp and so very clear to hear as well as to understand ...

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Maureen L.

Already knew this was a great story. I was very impressed with the narrator too.

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Beverly K.

Loved this story a little different from my book ,but very enjoyable.

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Stephanie W

Very well read

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Kathi T

I had read this as a child, but had forgotten most of it. Enjoyed "autobiography of a horse", and the lessons it holds. Well read.

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cecilia w

I love this book. Anna Sewell did a very very good job making it.

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Rachael Mullin

We are travelling around Aus and this beautiful story appealed to the whole family. Great morals and also s wonderful insight into horses and how they live and are challenged each day. An awesome story

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Sandra Bernight

Wonderful book and the narration is alright. I still have a hard time with each chapter being announced with other stuff

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Denise Seymour

It was so fun to listen to my favorite childhood book, the day The Triple Crown was won!!

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Marta Michalek

I love it. I think I'll return soon to listen it again.

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Pamela S.

good story....

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Anonymous

Bond between a horse and a teenager, narrated from the horse’s perspective. Shines a light on animal welfare.

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Anonymous

brilliant loved it

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Anonymous

A lovely classic, and well narrated.

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Katrina S.

Blast from the past

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Anonymous

Book quite boring , lots of unnecessary chapters but story was very well narrated. Probably more ideal for teenagers and young adults.

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Smileykat

Very good book and narrator. The narrator is a female, although Black Beauty is a male horse. However, she was very good. I liked her. I would rather have her than a lesser adept male narrator. I never read the book nor saw the movie, and it was nothing like I expected. It REALLY makes one think about how horses are treat and cared for…and how we should be treating horses. My heart went out to them.

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Alexina K.

I’ve always wanted to read this book and I’m so happy I was able to do so now with the gorgeous narrator. Lovely gentle story

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Anonymous

Seemed a little odd listening to a female narrate a male horse's autobiography, but her voice is very pleasant indeed.

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Anonymous

Absolutely loved hearing this book and the narrator was also great.

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Shifali Hamsavardhan

Beautiful very emotional and touching. Teaches us to love, kindness and love human as well animals.

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Anonymous

Book was great

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Susan B.

Enjoyed the book

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Thomas W.

The narration was outstanding, the book continues to be fantastic.

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Anonymous

It was annoying when every chapter it said who it was by and everything overall it was fun to listen to

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Tiger Rose

if you like classic read then this one is excellent

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Georgia N.

Good I loved it

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VettiCaptain

As always, a great story and was brilliantly narrated. What more can you want.

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Anonymous

Loved it!!!

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Marilyn W.

Narration was interesting and refreshing. Storyline told from Beauty's perspective was enlightening as to how horses can feel and relate to each other. Personified through this narration captures the reader's attention.

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Daniel Y.

This is a good book and the narrator made it sound beautiful, captivating all of my elementary aged kids on long car rides.

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Anonymous

Very nice story the narrator’s voice is very calming very enjoyable!

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Victor C.

Easy to follow story from the perspective of a noble beast. Well narrated with characters portrayed asif they were bit parts to the main character.

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McKenzie E.

Such a good book!(:

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Anonymous

Beautifully told by the Narrator

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Anonymous

such an amazing story, beautifully written and so touching.

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Anonymous

l love the book. I love when Black Beauty shows how hurt she was when she had to be away from her new friend!! Black Beauty got hurt a lot in this book. I love the end and the peace Black Beauty allowed us to feel.

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Anonymous

Excellent book. Narrations were great. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book

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Anonymous

its a very interesting story

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Pamela Brown

I enjoyed the book. However, at each chapter it was distracting to hear details of who wrote the book, and citing that it was in the public domain. I feel that it chopped up the flow of the book. Strongly feel anyone who owns an animal should listen to this.

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Doris P.

I believe it is a must read for anyone and everyone who loves horses!

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Janine S.

I think going with a female for the narrative was a mistake. the horse was male so it's a little thing but I found it distracting. what I really didn't like was the long pause at end of chapter and then the speal at each and every start of chapter. I don't need to know the same details..was so annoying I stopped listening to the book.

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Anonymous

Great listen for horse lovers

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Anonymous

Soothed my soul, listening to the narrator and just hearing from Black Beauty about life, kindness, goodness and care. Really enjoyed and so happy to hear this classic! The LibrVox interruption at every chapter is always so annoying and unnecessary, but at least it was shorter here, especially with so many chapters!

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Anonymous

Loved the book and loved the narrator.

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Nicki M.

I loved this audiobook and thought the narrator was absolutely perfect for this recording.

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Augusta I.

I love the way the lady reads the story. I listen to it repeatedly

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Anonymous

Excellent for both the reader and book

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Anonymous

So sad

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vincent dederer

The lessons found within this book are to be learned as to how to treat and behave toward both.fellow man and animal. Learn ye well. A book you will want to read and read again.

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