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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (94,554 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Sewell Narrator: Jonathan Keeble Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2003 ISBN:
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Black Beauty, the friendly, patient stallion with a white blaze upon his forehead, is one of the most familiar figures in children's literature. After the first lively carefree years in the fields, Black Beauty learns to accept the saddle and bridle and the rule of her masters. But a succession of misfortunes shows that the life of a horse can be harsh and painful. This touching portrait, full of drama and sadness, is as moving now as when it was first written in 1877. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex.ferg | 2/18/2014

    " Black Beauty, tells the life of a horse from his perspective. He tells you about his travels, different homes, and owners, as well as other horses he meets. When I first read this book in probably middle school, I loved it, but I cried and cried. This is most definitely for older readers, because of some of the emotional content. There are so many emotions going on, from when he is in a good home with nice owners, to when he is beaten and hurt, although it is a classic, it is definitely for more mature readers. I think students could have fun reading it on their own, but I think it would also be fun to read aloud as a class. I like that this book is written from the point of view of Black Beauty, and I also really love the ending (won't give it away.) I will say I thought it was very relieving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/16/2014

    " A truly touching novel. Yet it also reminds us of just how cruel humanity is, unless you manage to please them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Valluzzi | 2/9/2014

    " Horse propaganda. Still, a feel good book that's thankfully more about men than animals, and the evils of ignorance, greed, laziness, and cruelty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie Snow | 2/6/2014

    " One of my all time favorites. I've read it at least 3 times! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sierra Summers | 2/5/2014

    " This is a amazing classic!!! It takes you on a ride threw a work horse life. You will see the cruelty and menial labor black beauty went threw. The book is excellent!! I read this 3 times it was that good!!!! Make sure you read this book !!! Warning I cried a lot during this book so make sure you have a tissue box near!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 2/5/2014

    " This was a book I read in elementary school and that I remember recommending to you, Diane. I don't really remember what it was about, but I do know I loved it and read it several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/23/2014

    " Not too much literary weight here. Good story, though.:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arielle Cheshire | 1/21/2014

    " It's great, a classic that was originally written as a commentary on animal welfare. The movie was pretty good too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheetal | 1/21/2014

    " One amongst my early reads... Made me fall in love with horses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/12/2014

    " Supposedly a classic, but an odd choice for that status. The story dragged on and reading from the horse's POV was difficult to believe and relate to. Sweet story, but dry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 1/4/2014

    " Loved it! A story about a horses veiw point of his life the how he was sent from owner to owner and how badly some owners miss treated him. I loved this book I reccommend this book to all horse lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soennug | 1/3/2014

    " 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 Jackie Krasuski | 12/27/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 10/13/2013

    " Loved hourses when i was younger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marwa saeed | 10/13/2013

    " touchy and senstive book , with deep aim to evaluate your manners with animals , guess what it has feelings "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lula | 10/2/2013

    " This is a really moving story that deserves to be read over and over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosa | 6/20/2013

    " Much-beloved in my childhood. A true classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra Butcher | 4/16/2013

    " A nice tale of the adventures of a horse from when he was a foal to his last days. Interesting view on the treatment of working horses. Good for adults and children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emelyn | 4/16/2013

    " Such a pretty story. It gives you a good look at the world from a horses point of view. A change in perspective is alway fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie | 3/15/2013

    " I thought this book was was very good but very sad at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty Saenz | 2/5/2013

    " One of my favorite books. Sad though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Reiland | 1/10/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arianna | 10/28/2012

    " I read this book when I was actually nine and I have re-read it many times. I love Black Beauty and everything he went through broke my nine year old heart. I recommend it for anyone with a love of animals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bj Travis Thomas | 6/8/2012

    " 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 Heath | 4/8/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tierney | 1/20/2012

    " Was free on my kindle so I thought why not! I've always loved everything about animals and animal books, and i grew up around horses, so for me it was a lovely read! After watching the film the book was definitely better! easy, nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Sutton | 12/8/2011

    " TAKES ME BACK TO CHILDHOOD AND WATCHING IT ON TV "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 APhanHan15 | 9/15/2011

    " The way Anna Sewell was using a horse, Darkie to tell the incredible, surprise events in the story, it made me fell like I'm actually Darkie, and I'm experiencing through the problems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 7/22/2011

    " read this to my daughter recently and really enjoyed it. Kind of beats you over the head with the theme, but still a nice book. "

  • 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, and her dependence on horse-drawn transportation fostered her respect of horses. Although Black Beauty is considered a children’s classic, she originally wrote it for those who worked with horses, “to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses.”

About the Narrator

Jonathan Keeble combines his audio work with a busy theater and television career. He has been featured in over six hundred radio plays for the BBC, appearing in everything from Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes to Doctor Who and The Archers, in which he played the evil Owen. As an Earphones Award–winning narrator, he is in high demand for his voice work. He has recorded over two hundred audiobooks.