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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: August 2008 ISBN: 9781400178612
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Kristina | 2/18/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Jo | 2/17/2014

    " best view into a horses life ever "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshlyn | 2/17/2014

    " Good ol' Beauty. I first read this in 2nd grade and loved it as much then as now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 skokiesam | 2/17/2014

    " I'm probably the wrong person to review a book about horses, since I have what some call an unnatural fear of them. I didn't HATE the story. I think it would be really interesting to a kid who has a great affinity for horses, but be forewarned, that it does go into some detail about the abuses that were put upon horses back then. Overall, it's an okay read, but then again, me+horses=bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ravi Shekhar | 2/16/2014

    " Children's story. Good insight of the world from a horse's view. "

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Girl on | 2/15/2014

    " Absolute classic book, i used to love reading this when i was little, i still have a copy of it now "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Barry | 2/15/2014

    " this was a pretty solid book. i've been enjoying reading really old stuff lately and what i'll say is this: everyone talks about how bad it is today relative to the past, that's false. I mean, Mark Twain complained about celebrity gossip and stock market volatility. I have learned that there are many things that seem to be recent inventions that have been annoying people for centuries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 2/13/2014

    " This is one of the best book about animals ever! I loved it so much. It's sad (sometimes extremely heart wrenching) and happy too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 2/11/2014

    " It was good for a classic, I read it for class and enjoyed it so thumbs up "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 2/11/2014

    " Read when I was 10 - one of the most influencial books for me at that time. I learned to see animals in a different and more compassionate way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey Ilton | 2/11/2014

    " Classic story - horse lovers will love it - tear jerker at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail Yiu | 2/10/2014

    " such a sad but lovely story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/10/2014

    " I had forgotten most of this book, and loved reading it again as an adult. This is one of those few books that requires tissues. <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 2/10/2014

    " I never saw any of the movies as a child or adult and I never read the book till now. I am 54 years old. I simply loved this book. I really enjoyed the way the story was told thru the horse. i simply could not put it down till I had finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 2/7/2014

    " had to add, just a classic favorite of mine. not to lump them together, but for the sake of time i read all of the black stallion, island stallion, and marguerite henry horse books around the same time, years ago.loved them all "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Schmelz | 2/7/2014

    " 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 Kinsey | 2/6/2014

    " I love this book I can almost memorize all the words and details once you pick up this book you won't want to put it down I grew up and live with horses so I love it!!!!!!!1 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/5/2014

    " Loved this as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa Bennett | 2/5/2014

    " I remember when I read this as a kid. I was so heart-broken, and angry! "

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

    " nco-This book is one of the best ever. Ever since I read it, I have loved horses! "

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

    " A really touching story. This book makes me think about life and everything that happens around us. I especially love the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nidhi Sinha | 2/4/2014

    " This book is one of the finest books ever read by me. Black Beauty is a book for all---regardless of age..The engrossing book is a novel of education for generations of school children to the present day. While outwardly teaching animal welfare, it also contains symbolic lessons about how to treat people with kindness, sympathy and respect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rashelle | 2/4/2014

    " I had no idea this was going to be from the horse's point of view and give lessons on the ill treatment of horses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/3/2014

    " We finished this last night and really enjoyed it. Despite quite a few preachy moments, a tremendously important message is conveyed and through the delightful perspective of a horse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jacky | 2/3/2014

    " I read this aloud to William at bed time. I remembered a couple details from when my father read the Great Illustrated Classics edition to us kids. (BB getting sick from lack of a blanket, seeing Ginger again years later). I was curious how the plot wouls be with a horse narrator and such a realistic tone. Turns out that the stories are all based on morals, much like the other beloved classic Little Women. I don't really like that style of book because the morals are too heavy handed and obvious. I much prefer a book that requires a little thinking and some subtlity. Yet, I was pretty shocked at how the horses were treated. It seemed a little harsh for children, but I guess back when it was written, cruelity to animals was probably witnessed by children much more since they had such reliance on horses. Worth the time, but not a favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Winkler | 2/3/2014

    " One of the best horse books ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lysa | 2/3/2014

    " Simple story with simple words yet it left a heavy impression in my heart. Full of lessons in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tinabot | 2/2/2014

    " I read this when I was 7, and I was reading it so slowly that after month 2 of reading it, I got so upset at myself that I refused to sleep until I was done. Needless to say, I finished in one night, but the book has some drool marks on it from when I passed out the next morning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/1/2014

    " A great book, but a real downer. The whole book just seems to be page after page of awful treatment and depressing circumstances. But a classic, none the less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen Mcdonald | 2/1/2014

    " A lovely story, I could have done without all the religion and had to edit some of the meaner parts of the book when reading it to my 4 and 2 year olds. A great way to teach kindness to the kids , not just to horses but to all animals and people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 1/31/2014

    " Read this book before, but still a good read for the second time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa Lai | 1/31/2014

    " I loved the connection between the human and the horse. Really good book (about 250pg) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/31/2014

    " I can't remember if I read this or The Black Stallion first, but it was my first time reading a book that was a biography of a horse... from the horse's point of view. It was neat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/30/2014

    " What a fantastic children's book. It was simple and easy to read, but contained so much truth and wisdom. I would highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maliya | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this book so much when I was a kid!! I read it countless times, laughing and crying each time! Anyone who LOVES horses will LOVE Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Connick | 1/26/2014

    " A horse-loving kids favorite! It was this kids's favorite read! "

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

    " It was a amazing book!! "

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

    " One of the greatest's classics ever. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it inspiring and a read which I would recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/23/2014

    " Loved this as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/21/2014

    " Really great horse story. It tells a lot about the socio-economic conditions of 19th century England from the perspective of a horse. Gives a lot of good moral lessons without sounding lecturing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 1/20/2014

    " I loved, loved, LOVED this book when I was little, but I found myself struggling with it as an adult. I can absolutely see why I adored it so much, and why it would appeal to a younger person today, but it was super hard for me to get through this time around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 1/20/2014

    " This book was my one true love for the week it took my hungry 9 year old mind to read it. I shall love it forever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliana | 1/18/2014

    " Great classic for horse lovers!! At some parts it was slow but it was a cute story :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janae Parks | 1/17/2014

    " Really good! Great story line. Kind of sad, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ☞Proud☜ ☺✌Bookworm☮♪ | 1/16/2014

    " a very beautiful, sad book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dena (Books for Kids) | 1/16/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books from my childhood. I read it countless times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meri B | 1/14/2014

    " I remember reading this in 2nd grade solely because it was about a horse....I didn't understand a word of it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 1/13/2014

    " it's a heart-changing classic that left me in tears at parts but a good story from the point of view of a horse, and how we really should be as nice as we can with horses or nay animals "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina | 1/13/2014

    " 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 Eileen | 1/11/2014

    " Listened on CD. It is a wonderful book written from the horse's point of view. It tells all the scenarios a horse could have in the early 1900's, carriege horse, cabbie, etc. Young girl's who love horses would love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dena Outram | 1/10/2014

    " Filled my world with dreams as a little girl :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn Stark | 1/10/2014

    " My favourite book as a young girl :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/10/2014

    " book give me by my parents, had colour plates in, but I've since lost the cover, got torn, loved it of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie | 1/9/2014

    " Remember crying whilst reading the final pages... Emotional story about the enduring love of a boy and his horse, through a life of ordeal. Beautiful and sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 1/8/2014

    " Although a children's classic, it reads like an adult novel. This book is brimming over with morality and a live well/love God's creation theology that is just what students in today's schools need to hear. The story line is predictable, but has many of those Dickens like twists that are sure to keep anyone interested until the happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/7/2014

    " I haven't read this one since like 5th grade and the scene with the barn catching on fire still rocks my mind. It's an easy, childhood read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nan | 1/6/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashleigh Marks | 1/5/2014

    " My love for horses came from this book, which my father read to me so much I could almost recite it word for word by the time I was 13. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis Jensen | 1/4/2014

    " I have always loved horses. This is a wonderful story. "

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

    " Black Beauty is some what a tear jerker tword the last 5 chapters. I recomend this book for anyone who loves animals, especialy horses. "

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

    " Read this multiple times -ages 10-14. Loved and cried at each reading. Still think of the horse's voice when watching movies with horse characters. "

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

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janielle De Leon | 1/3/2014

    " When I read this, I used to love horses. It touched my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shreya Hari | 1/3/2014

    " Great book. Really recommend reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona | 1/2/2014

    " One of the few books I've read over and over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willi | 1/1/2014

    " This was and is another favorite from my teenhood. Could not put it down because of the love I have for horses! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope | 12/29/2013

    " Read this as a child and loved it...would prob enjoy rereading it as an adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devlin Scott | 12/28/2013

    " What a great ending! Hard to believe this wonderful tale is listed as a banned book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yocelyn | 12/26/2013

    " A childhood classic; great Christian undertone s "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anton | 12/22/2013

    " A great read. This book is a must for all readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 12/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/20/2013

    " The "autobiography" of a horse from the 19th c. I just read it with my 5-year-old son, and while he wasn't enthralled (like he was with Treasure Island), it was a sweet story that helped him see the importance of treating all living things with kindness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Lindan | 12/19/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kareena | 12/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 12/18/2013

    " This book really opens your eyes to what horses and other animals are put through because we thought it made them 'cute'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Sarao | 12/16/2013

    " I read this probably 20 times as a kid. I went through a horse phase. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah Rachel | 12/15/2013

    " One of my all-time favorites. A classic of my childhood. I will never get over how amazing this book is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie | 12/14/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 12/12/2013

    " This beautiful tale is a classic, a delightful story that is sad and happy in equal parts. A story a child reads and never forgets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lana | 12/11/2013

    " Just a must read classic! Read it at a young age, one of my first books i have ever read and I could not put it down ! It's just a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lula | 12/11/2013

    " 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 Trix | 12/11/2013

    " One of the greatest's classics ever. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it inspiring and a read which I would recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Arnold | 12/10/2013

    " Ths is a reread from my childhood. I first read this book between the ages of 9 and 11. I always remember it as being a good story and it still is. It is also a much easier read than I remember. It seemed so big when I was a kid and I was quite proud of reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Lyn | 12/9/2013

    " I was such a horse lover as a child and read tons of books about horses but for some reason this one just never happened. So glad that I finally read it. Totally worth it. The writing was just beautiful and heartfelt. Hope I can get other people who haven't read it into such a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryam Abdur-razak | 12/9/2013

    " This book was like an autobiography, but from a horse's point of view. It was really interesting to me. I like that Black Beauty faces hardship throughout the book, but ultimately has a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Zoellick | 12/7/2013

    " Love, Love,Loved it. Made me very sad reflecting on how people treat animals. Strong moral tones. Very enjoyable. Would have cried constantly if I would have read it as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katja | 12/6/2013

    " This book is one of my favourites, I've readed it at least 2 times, I'm a big fan of horses so that's probably the reason I loved it so much! And I loved the fact that it was the horse telling a story :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 12/5/2013

    " A favorite from childhood. It was written in the late 1800's and I can see how it might be a book children would enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/3/2013

    " I can't remember if I read this or The Black Stallion first, but it was my first time reading a book that was a biography of a horse... from the horse's point of view. It was neat. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morwynne LeFay | 12/3/2013

    " It was too sad. I love horsies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 11/28/2013

    " Black Beauty has always bothered me. Maybe I just don't like first-person animal stories, but upon reconsideration I think the didactic, moralizing tone is probably part of it. Although I did learn some interesting facts about the mean things they used to do to horses - yikes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Koko Nata | 11/26/2013

    " novel yang dituturkan dengan sudut pandang seekor kuda. Sangat menyentuh dan bikin trenyuh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 11/25/2013

    " this is a story from my childhood I never grow tired of reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justine | 11/25/2013

    " A beautiful classic, especially for those that love horses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aisha | 11/23/2013

    " 'Black Beauty' is my newest all-time favorite book. A timeless classic, this is Anna Sewell's only book and was first published in 1877. The book exposed the ill-treatment of horses at the hands of their owners' and led to a change in people's attitudes towards horses and domestic animals in general. If you, like me, love horses, you'll love this book. The book is endearing and it's simply written and I dearly wish Anna Sewell had written a few more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monique | 11/20/2013

    " Possibly the best use of anthropomorphism in narrative form. This is a touching story, I loved it as a child and I still love it as an adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie Hanson | 11/19/2013

    " I read this book so many times when I was a little girl, and I will never stop loving this book! (: I still have a copy in my closet and I will probably read it many more times, and to my children, It's a classic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blue Caeruleus | 11/18/2013

    " I thought this was a good story and a well written book. It was some of the first literature that I've ever read voluntarily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Murray | 11/18/2013

    " It's about a beautiful black horse. What girl wouldn't love it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsey | 11/17/2013

    " Beautiful book. Had me in tears. Had me giggling. I have horses so there is empathy with me but a very enjoyable book for everyone! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra Atueyi | 11/17/2013

    " I was confuse continue to read this book called "Black Beauty" cause it was boring and disappointing to read. This author did not a good job put out this book because I was confuse from the beginning to end for this book. This author didn't not deserve for five stars for this book because it's terrible and disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 11/14/2013

    " Just read this again after many years. Loved it the first time. Stayed up reading for 2 hours the other night I was so into it. Very well told story from the horse's point of view. Now my daughter started reading it. She read 8 chapters in just one morning, so I think she's liking it too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Roadman | 11/12/2013

    " 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 Shell | 11/11/2013

    " Loved it at the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sierra Bryant | 11/11/2013

    " TALK ABOUT SAD YET HEART WARMING "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan Winnek | 11/10/2013

    " I loved this (and all horse books) as a child, but somehow don't remember it being set in London. I'm probably confusing it with The Green Grass of Wyoming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MrsF | 11/9/2013

    " I remember reading this in my 'horse' phase - I was about 9 - and wept copiously at THAT sad part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 11/7/2013

    " I don't really like books like this but it was on my bookshelf so I have it a try an some of it was ok buy a lot of it was really boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tierney | 11/6/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lysa | 11/4/2013

    " Simple story with simple words yet it left a heavy impression in my heart. Full of lessons in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Reiland | 10/31/2013

    " 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 Emelyn | 10/30/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bailey Jackson | 10/27/2013

    " One of my favorite books as a kid! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica Milverton | 10/26/2013

    " I read this book years ago and wouldn't recommend it to non horsey book fans. I found it boring and quite graphic at 7 years old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/21/2013

    " Learned a lot about horses. We listened to it in the car. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samara | 10/21/2013

    " One of those bucket list classics everyone should take a gander at, at least once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bailey Jackson | 10/15/2013

    " One of my favorite books as a kid! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 10/8/2013

    " This book is beautiful in a way that not many books are. I've loved it since I was ten years old, and I still love re-reading it to this day. It is a little sad in parts, but the wonderful characters and the truth of the stories they tell is so touching, it's never mattered to me. "

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

    " Listened on CD. It is a wonderful book written from the horse's point of view. It tells all the scenarios a horse could have in the early 1900's, carriege horse, cabbie, etc. Young girl's who love horses would love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Swapp | 9/30/2013

    " The first long book I read with my girls. This was magic. Every night a chapter or two. The best part was the illustrations. I never realized how important illustrations are until I read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryam Abdur-razak | 9/29/2013

    " This book was like an autobiography, but from a horse's point of view. It was really interesting to me. I like that Black Beauty faces hardship throughout the book, but ultimately has a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 9/26/2013

    " Read this book before, but still a good read for the second time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 9/26/2013

    " I had forgotten how heart-rending this story is! Listening to the audiobook enhanced my feeling of connection with Black Beauty; Nathaniel Parker's voice became the voice of the horse through trials and tribulations, good times and bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aakash Kumar | 9/16/2013

    " Though i would have liked the story much when the horse would not have been personified but still i am inclined to say that i loved the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Koko Nata | 9/14/2013

    " novel yang dituturkan dengan sudut pandang seekor kuda. Sangat menyentuh dan bikin trenyuh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Brown | 9/9/2013

    " I'm not sure the book is now worthy of 5 stars, but it was my favorite book in my childhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 9/9/2013

    " still one of my all time favorites "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H101 | 9/7/2013

    " Read it aloud with my daughter... Beautiful book, though we didn't always understand all the horsey terminology. Brought tears to our eyes several times with the cruelty depicted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariann | 8/30/2013

    " It's a nice book to read it once but it's kind of forgettable. I mean it's a children's book and perfect for that, but I saw the film first - it's one of my all time favourites - and it's a very emotional one, I just didn't expect the book to be so much of a children's book. But it is a nice read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Ann | 8/29/2013

    " Black Beauty is still one of my favorite books. It has kept me going through some hard times reminding me not to give up. If Beauty can keep going without a voice to human ears than I can as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willow Flower | 8/11/2013

    " This is the first book I owned. The message is universal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 8/10/2013

    " my mom used to read this to me all the timme and i loved it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina | 8/10/2013

    " 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 Jayda | 8/5/2013

    " i love horses and this book caught my attention it gets an A "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 P R | 7/30/2013

    " One of my first books-instant animal protector-wonderful narrative "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 7/29/2013

    " This book is really great if you like horses. It gets a little boring though. Although it shows how horses were treated. My favorite part was when he was at his first home. Overall it was an ok book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan Winnek | 7/27/2013

    " I loved this (and all horse books) as a child, but somehow don't remember it being set in London. I'm probably confusing it with The Green Grass of Wyoming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K Nolfi | 7/22/2013

    " and i don't even LIKE horses... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Burgess | 7/19/2013

    " Is and always will be one of my favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Y.I. Lee | 7/16/2013

    " I read this as a child and many times more as the years went by. I'm crazy about horses and just adored this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ccharlebois | 7/13/2013

    " i think that this book isa verry touching story obout a horses life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 7/5/2013

    " this is a story from my childhood I never grow tired of reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adeline | 7/3/2013

    " I just finished the book 20 minutes ago. It is so good. Its not boring. Its about a horse who lives in 7 different homes. Some of his owners were kind to him and some were not. You should read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina Durst | 6/19/2013

    " Thought this was touching and beautiful, one of my favorite childhood classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arielle Cheshire | 6/5/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa | 6/2/2013

    " It was the best book I ever read; full of emotion, excitement,and most of all, a great deep sadness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 5/27/2013

    " Read this book before, but still a good read for the second time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 5/16/2013

    " An autobiographical memoir of a horse named Black Beauty, I thought this wont really ummm what do you say, heart catchy? But somehow, it really succeeded and served the purpose it was written for.I love horses more than ever after reading the tales of her hardships and cruelty. "

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

    " Loved it at the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lew | 5/13/2013

    " The first chapter book we read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theshanster | 5/10/2013

    " Hits top of Ginger's all-time fav list. It's awesome. Makes me love horses even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/7/2013

    " I have always read Black Beauty and enjoyed it very much. I really liked the fact that the author took her story from the prospective of a horse and showed how animal cruelty affects us all. I really enjoyed this one and keep reading the book over and over again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pravar | 5/3/2013

    " it tuches your heart,makes you happy,makes you sad and becomes a part pf your heart "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 4/22/2013

    " 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 Alexis | 4/19/2013

    " This book is beautiful in a way that not many books are. I've loved it since I was ten years old, and I still love re-reading it to this day. It is a little sad in parts, but the wonderful characters and the truth of the stories they tell is so touching, it's never mattered to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yesenia`maqueda | 4/18/2013

    " an inspirational book about love, and that not just people feel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 4/5/2013

    " this was my all time favorite book as a kid!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devlin Scott | 3/31/2013

    " What a great ending! Hard to believe this wonderful tale is listed as a banned book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige Smith | 3/24/2013

    " I thought this book was very good except the fact that the story felt like it went on and on and never stopped but other wise it was very good and interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silas | 3/14/2013

    " I thought this was good, but the cruelty to horses wasn't nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra Butcher | 3/10/2013

    " 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 Devanshi | 3/1/2013

    " Quite depressing like most classics are yet touching. Almost brought a tear in my eye. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariefmai Rakhman | 2/14/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzie | 2/3/2013

    " God I fucking hate horses and absolutely fucking everything about them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 1/30/2013

    " Very heart touching. Made me cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/23/2013

    " Sewell originally wrote this as an adult book against animal cruelty and social problems of the time. It isn't a children's book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breanne | 1/22/2013

    " I read this book as a child and loved it and as an adult I still love it. It is an endearing story with a good message. Just a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimie | 1/13/2013

    " I read this book over and over as a little girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/9/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 1/5/2013

    " This book was my one true love for the week it took my hungry 9 year old mind to read it. I shall love it forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thea Harrison | 12/29/2012

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzie | 12/21/2012

    " God I fucking hate horses and absolutely fucking everything about them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina | 12/20/2012

    " The most powerful part of this book was Ginger's death. As a young horse lover, this was one of my favorites as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taekwondodo | 12/17/2012

    " Re-reading this book I forgot how much I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antonia | 12/13/2012

    " A classic for children. I read it in third grade. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rashelle | 12/1/2012

    " I had no idea this was going to be from the horse's point of view and give lessons on the ill treatment of horses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 11/30/2012

    " I had forgotten how heart-rending this story is! Listening to the audiobook enhanced my feeling of connection with Black Beauty; Nathaniel Parker's voice became the voice of the horse through trials and tribulations, good times and bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith | 11/24/2012

    " Black Beauty is some what a tear jerker tword the last 5 chapters. I recomend this book for anyone who loves animals, especialy horses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rashel Seva | 11/11/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kennedy | 11/9/2012

    " First real chapter book I ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Girl on | 11/8/2012

    " Absolute classic book, i used to love reading this when i was little, i still have a copy of it now "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 11/2/2012

    " Wonderful book. I love horses! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 10/27/2012

    " Read this as a child, re-read as an adult. Classic tale told from a horse's perspective. This book helped shape who I became. Everyone should read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pedro | 10/25/2012

    " One of the main books from my adolescence where I've learnt to love and respect the animals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 10/18/2012

    " still one of my all time favorites "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/26/2012

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mara Jayne | 9/25/2012

    " blah... never ever ever finished this $2 book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 8/22/2012

    " This is a special book. I am happy that it was so hugely popular for such a long time, because surely it influenced many people to treat horses much more compassionately and respectfully. I listened to it as a public domain audiobook at this link CC Prose "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine McMorrow | 8/22/2012

    " Black beauty is a fantastic horse "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina Patton | 8/1/2012

    " I read this as a kid, so I probably shouldn't judge it on that, but I thought it was super boring and sad. May have to read it again but I just can't bring myself to do so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eyehavenofilter | 7/10/2012

    " This was..."WAR HORSE" for the 1940's and 50's! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 6/29/2012

    " This book is beautiful in a way that not many books are. I've loved it since I was ten years old, and I still love re-reading it to this day. It is a little sad in parts, but the wonderful characters and the truth of the stories they tell is so touching, it's never mattered to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 6/28/2012

    " The sory behind the book touched me a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 6/26/2012

    " book give me by my parents, had colour plates in, but I've since lost the cover, got torn, loved it of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 6/24/2012

    " One of my first favorite books. Every young girl should be given this book by her grandmother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sierra Bryant | 6/4/2012

    " TALK ABOUT SAD YET HEART WARMING "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meaghan Boyle | 5/13/2012

    " This book was my first favorite!I think that the point this book was trying to get acrost about horses was about cruelty to horses should not be excepted and horses deserve a better life ,we should appreciate them.I reccomend this book to EVERYBODY! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa Burford | 5/9/2012

    " I Love horses, but not a fan of all horse books, however this one is perfect in explaining all the things a bond between a horse and his owner goes thru to be together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen | 4/30/2012

    " i wish the story never ended "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Poet in the Dark, the PIXAR girl | 4/29/2012

    " This book is an amazing read. Everyone should read it at least once in their lifetime, if not more. I absolutely adore this book, and I love the movie, too. Black Beauty helped kindle my love of horses. It's a well written book, and has a feeling all its own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Ann | 4/26/2012

    " Black Beauty is still one of my favorite books. It has kept me going through some hard times reminding me not to give up. If Beauty can keep going without a voice to human ears than I can as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jorge Laborin | 4/20/2012

    " a little complicated since its from 1877 in england, only for horse lovers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nor Aishah Norrifin | 4/15/2012

    " It was about a horse. The Stories have lot of moral values and a lot of adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 3/15/2012

    " This book was a pretty decent read. I liked the perspective it was told in and after what I just read it was a nice innocent fun read which was just what I needed! Glad I finally sat down and read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 1/16/2012

    " Very heart touching. Made me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 12/17/2011

    " I had forgotten how heart-rending this story is! Listening to the audiobook enhanced my feeling of connection with Black Beauty; Nathaniel Parker's voice became the voice of the horse through trials and tribulations, good times and bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arianna | 12/12/2011

    " 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 Zee | 12/10/2011

    " A good narrative with strong morals and lessons for both children and adults alike. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Koko Nata | 11/30/2011

    " novel yang dituturkan dengan sudut pandang seekor kuda. Sangat menyentuh dan bikin trenyuh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeline Benoit | 11/28/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ash | 11/16/2011

    " I loved this book so much when I was a kid! I had no idea it was from 1877. Crazy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 10/30/2011

    " when I was 10 years old, I read this book and really thought, How is this horse speaking? It was the most amazing thing, I thought. What a wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie.j | 10/26/2011

    " It's a sweet inspiring classic, that I'm sure everyone will like. Uses real life situations and problems humans face that the reader can connect to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 10/4/2011

    " I do not like parts of it. black beauty is my favorite hores in the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Underjoyed | 9/22/2011

    " One of my favourite books ever written, heart wrenching and beautiful. I have read it many times and it never fails to make me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aakash Kumar | 9/5/2011

    " Though i would have liked the story much when the horse would not have been personified but still i am inclined to say that i loved the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa White | 8/15/2011

    " Such a touching and engaging story. As a horse crazy girl I've read it many times and loved it more each time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murugan Muthukrishnan | 7/28/2011

    " one of the best classics I've read... story is beautifully written too!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Koko Nata | 7/13/2011

    " novel yang dituturkan dengan sudut pandang seekor kuda. Sangat menyentuh dan bikin trenyuh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silas | 7/10/2011

    " I thought this was good, but the cruelty to horses wasn't nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 7/1/2011

    " Read this book before, but still a good read for the second time. "

  • 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!
    "

  • 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. 

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.