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Black Beauty

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Cori Samuel

5 Hours 44 Minutes


January 2012

Audio Book Summary

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.

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    I loved hearing the story again, and the narrator was perfect!

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    good book for all ages

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  • Deb Steinman

    I love this book so much! This book is a little sad but so very worth listening to. Don't be concerned it is too sad for your children, I am 9 and thought it was a fantastic book. I will listen again and again to this story.

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  • Karen Billingsley

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

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  • Sarah Test

    it is a great and touching book. love it

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  • Anonymous

    One of my favorite all time horse stories even as a middle aged woman. I wore this book out, several times, when I was younger. The narrator did a fantastic job and has a fantastic voice. Great job!

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  • Jodilee Ward

    Very beautiful and inspiration as well as, other narrator, very well spokn, since I am almost completely drag their words were very crisp and so very clear to hear as well as to understand ...

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  • Maureen L.

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

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  • Beverly K.

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

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  • 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.

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