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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (94,749 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Sewell Narrator: Ben Fogle Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2006 ISBN:
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This classic children's story is written from the view point of the horse. Ben Fogle, children's television presenter on animal programmes, gives it an enthusiastic read. Great for all children who love horses. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan Fidler | 2/12/2014

    " One of the first books that put political fire in my belly: end animal cruelty! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 2/8/2014

    " I forgot how easy of a read this is....and why it's one of my favorite children's books ;-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Krasuski | 2/6/2014

    " A fantastic classic. A book that I own about seven different versions of, both abridged and not, both illustrated and not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina | 1/29/2014

    " Hard to follow and hard to concentrate on without your mind wandering and thinking about the weather or something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 1/24/2014

    " What eight year old girl doesn't love this book? Even with its sad bits, it's a wonderful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malavika | 1/24/2014

    " Very moving. You'll never look at an animal the same way again :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Steimle | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting social commentary, but also interesting in that it led to actual changes in how horses were treated. Reminded me quite a bit of Uncle Tom's Cabin with horses in the places of slaves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kareena | 1/16/2014

    " There are so many different versions of this book that I am havinmg trouble beliving that this was the original. It is such a sad book that I vowed never to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bj Travis Thomas | 1/13/2014

    " Read this book when I was a girl and, even though I was not and never have been a horse person, loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rashel Seva | 12/28/2013

    " It was really touching. And it gives you hope all through the struggles in life, there would always bring peace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariefmai Rakhman | 12/21/2013

    " Menjadi kuda ternyata tidak gampang, dan menjadi pemilik kuda ternyata juga sangat tidak gampang jika kita ingin memiiki kuda yang hebat dan loyal, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 12/20/2013

    " I am reading the Condensed version by Louise Colln. I bought the book at Target for a dollar and I didn't realize it was shortened for ages 7&up. I haven't every read Black Beauty so this is a great taste of the story and will be a great way to share it will Dillan when she is young. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Disha | 12/12/2013

    " I read this book as a child. After reading this book, I felt that animals have feelings too. Human like feelings. I also wanted a horse as a pet but that never happened. I was also 8. But overall a fun good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ti-Leigh Telford | 12/8/2013

    " Such a lovely book. I had seen the film and loved it. So I thought the book would be just as poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sammy | 11/19/2013

    " My favorite book when I was growing up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Reiland | 10/8/2013

    " Shaped my whole way of relating to horses as sentient beings "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soennug | 10/6/2013

    " A gentle, honest biography of a horse indeed. I can understand why this is a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nan | 9/14/2013

    " An excellent book that I would recommend for young and old readers alike. It's now one of my favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Daven Skinner | 4/14/2013

    " Although I haven't read it since I was 10, this book stands out in my memory as my favorite book from childhood. Thank you to whatever teacher made me read this for a book report! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Lindan | 4/2/2013

    " Such a beautiful, wise and moving book... never fails to make me cry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morwynne LeFay | 6/25/2012

    " It was too sad. I love horsies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly Aquilina | 3/5/2012

    " One of my favorite things at my grandparents' house was the bookshelf. I devoured the words and created imaginary memories of how my mom must've been just like me, loving every tale sandwiched in hardcovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 1/13/2012

    " I was not a "horsy" child at all, but I loved this book, the tribulations of a beautiful horse. I hope that the horse and the story will keep kids reading through the somewhat Victorian writing -- a little more complicated sentence structure never hurt anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zack | 1/12/2012

    " I loved this book. It was amazing, one of the best books I have read. I really like how the author ended it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dae | 6/30/2011

    " I've read this before, but I'm giving it a re-read. This book can be so sad, or so happy. There's something that just draws me into the reading, like it's a familiar friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G00016138 | 6/29/2011

    " A story of a horse, who would have thought that would be an interesting read? In general I liked it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 6/27/2011

    " This is my all time favorite book in the whole world. There is so much emotion in the pages of this book. I cried the first time I read it and I still cry now when I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heath | 6/21/2011

    " Better than the movie, although without Danny Elfman music. Goes a bit deeper than the movie does, and different encounters of Beauty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bj | 6/20/2011

    " Read this book when I was a girl and, even though I was not and never have been a horse person, loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gayathri | 6/20/2011

    " Loved the book... Black beauty is a wonderfully narrated book on the treatment of animals when horses were used as a mode of transportation... In current world this will teach children and adults on Kindness to animals as well as to human... I wish Anna Sewell had written more novel... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah Rachel | 6/19/2011

    " Childhood favorite of mine! I love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thea | 6/14/2011

    " Another favorite as a child, I must have read this ten times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne76 | 6/8/2011

    " I read this many years ago as a child, over and over again. It was one of my favorite books. I still to this day think of Black Beauty and Ginger and check-reins. I guess it made quite an impact! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 6/6/2011

    " Love it!! One of my favorites!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 China | 6/6/2011

    " I'VE NEVER READ THIS CLASSIC! NOW I AM! I DIDN'T KNOW THE PERSPECTIVE WAS FROM THE HORSE!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabby | 6/5/2011

    " i like that this story is written from beautys POV "

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About the Author
Author Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell (1820–1878) was born in England. A knee injury at fourteen left her disabled, but she rode and drove horses very well. She began learning about horses early in life, spending many hours driving her father to and from the station from which he commuted to work. Her dependence on horse-drawn transportation fostered her respect of horses. She wrote her one book, Black Beauty, in her fifties, and it was published in 1877 just five months before she died. Although it is now considered a children’s classic, she originally wrote it for those who worked with horses. She said “a special aim [was] to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses.” The book has had a tremendous impact in creating a new wave of humane thinking towards animals.