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.Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Cori Samuel, with help.
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November 06, 2015
Such a wonderful classic book. A must read for averyone! The reader does an absolutly perfect job, with a soft, easy to understand voice. It suited the story perfectly and was a refreshing change from all of the other rubbish readers this site is filled with!
January 02, 2014
Black Beauty was the beginning of the animal rights movement, Hooray for that!
December 31, 2013
The reader of this version did an exceptional job.
June 24, 2013
Such a beautiful and moving story, enforces good values like standing up for the oppressed and the treatment of animals. Read clearly, an enjoyable listen.
February 15, 2013
i think it can help teach the children
February 05, 2013
Wonderful story. Reminded me of when I read it when I was in junior high. I loved it then too, but it was not an audiobook. What a pleasure to be read to and a classic story too. Lovely.
December 11, 2012
Great story great for any age
October 27, 2012
Beautiful story, beautifully read.
September 30, 2012
Excellent narration of a wonderfully warm book.
August 24, 2012
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August 23, 2012
It is a good book it would be even better if some of the chapters weren't skipped
July 14, 2012
I hate reading but it was nice to have a book read to me specially as it was so clear to hear and understand. Bad thing is when it says "end of chapter 1..." it takes you out of the zone you were in.
June 12, 2012
Love the readers voice. So easy to listen to. Could listen to this book over and over again.
June 09, 2012
Beautiful calming voice that does the book and Beauty justice. I should think there is no other book that goes into the mind of a horse so well as this one did and showed both horses and humans for what we really are. Beauty is a as Beauty does.
April 02, 2012
I forgot how simple yet beautiful and tragic this book was; a must read for anyone. Wonderful and engaging narration.
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January 08, 2012
I loved the book, the film and now the audiobook it was really well read (including the voices) and worth listening to! It sounds better with an English accent considering it's an English book. It would be better with mans voice because Black Beauty was a male horse. xx
December 30, 2011
I love this book I love the accent of the reader it's just fits right in and that fact that's it's more of a English accent it makes the words different more smooth and broad then what a normal amarican girl without an accent I loved it LOVED!!!!! IT!!!!!
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December 11, 2011
Fantastic it's a Great book. I would recommend it to anyone.
December 11, 2011
Best book ever should use a mans voice though
December 02, 2011
Like animals and shouldn't get hurt
November 21, 2011
I thought it was a good book. It would be better if a man was telling it because black beauty was a man. It would be better for the people to understand that black beauty is a man not a woman. She had a very nice voice and her voice was clear.
November 13, 2011
I loved it such a great audio book I could read it over and over again and it still would never get old to me!!!!!!!!
November 07, 2011
Love it so much listen to bed and at football game like 5,000 time and I got two and listen on the bus away to school and home and poor Black Beauty it was so sadly and I love the book!
October 25, 2011
I read this book 5 times I love it the recording is amazing I love it
October 21, 2011
That was the best book ever what a brave horse I am going to tell ever one about this great book
September 28, 2011
So sad ... Poor poor Black Beauty. Deserved so much more ... man can be cruel to those who give their all in return. Good lessons for Children ... Like when Bambi's Mom died. Tough life lessons.
May 28, 2011