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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (94,570 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Sewell Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Anna Sewell's Black Beauty is a timeless classic, and it has captivated millions of children (and adults) since its release in 1877.

Black Beauty tells the story of a horse from his point of view. You'll learn all about his life in the early years, when he spent time living with his mother on an English farm. A young and spirited colt, Black Beauty grew to reflect his name. As he grew, he pulled taxi cabs in the city of London before retiring to the countryside many years later. During his time as a work horse in London, Black Beauty meets many people and undergoes many trials as the victim of cruel treatment from people. He also finds many blessings along the way and catches a glimpse of the goodness that lies in almost everyone.

Black Beauty is a beautiful tale that's filled with lessons of how to treat others as you wish to be treated. The author demonstrates her vast knowledge of horses, and communicates her message of the proper treatment of animals with perfection. However, Black Beauty also sends an important message regarding love, kindness and respect for people as well. Each chapter is filled with an important life lesson, and each lesson is still important and applicable today.

Anna wrote Black Beauty during the final few years of her life and it was the only novel she ever wrote. At the time she was confined to her home as an invalid and she passed away only five months after it was published. The book was quite popular, and quickly became a bestseller. Anna claimed that the book was not written as a children's book - t was intended to simply promote the proper treatment of horses. Even so, both children and adults of all ages have enjoyed Black Beauty, and it will remain a classic for generations to come.

Every child loves a story about a horse, and Black Beauty remains one of the finest, most touching ever written. Set in Victorian London, the novel follows the shifting fortunes of a horse as he moves from owner to owner. Narrated by the noble Black Beauty himself, the tale offers an animal’s perspective of the world and highlights the thoughtless, even cruel treatment animals endured during that period.

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  • "[Simon Vance’s] narration makes a heartfelt story into a listening experience for the family to share together.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by De Ann | 2/20/2014

    " I read this one to my daughter. Interesting that it was written to better treatment of animals. Fun to revisit old classics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John Roadman | 2/20/2014

    " pretty decent book older style readings a little harder to understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Madeline Benoit | 2/20/2014

    " SOOOO sad. But so wonderful. It made me cry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kristina | 2/18/2014

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

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