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Black Beauty

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Anna Sewell

Narrated By: Cori Samuel

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2012

Duration: 5 hours 44 minutes


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.


  • Krista Y

    Great book ! My daughter is in love with listening to it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Kathi T

    I had read this as a child, but had forgotten most of it. Enjoyed "autobiography of a horse", and the lessons it holds. Well read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Maureen L.

    Already knew this was a great story. I was very impressed with the narrator too.

  • Anonymous

    good book for all ages

  • Beverly K.

    Loved this story a little different from my book ,but very enjoyable.

  • Jewel c

    i loved it.

  • Stephanie W

    Very well read

  • cecilia w

    I love this book. Anna Sewell did a very very good job making it.

  • Karen Billingsley

    I'm enjoying the book but I wish there was only one reader

  • Rachael Mullin

    We are travelling around Aus and this beautiful story appealed to the whole family. Great morals and also s wonderful insight into horses and how they live and are challenged each day. An awesome story

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