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I decided to listen to many of my childhood books and after listening to Black Beauty I was thrilled with my idea. I cried at the end. As an adult I realized that Anna Sewell wrote this book as a lesson for all owners of domestic animals that cannot speak for themselves.
The narrator has a lovely, perfectly balanced voice that gives depth and perspective to Black Beauty. Miss Sewell has written a beautiful story about the plight of horses but also no less the known, and possibly unknown, or sufferings of all.
It's terribly sad that after many millennia man is no better or kinder than we see in our historical past. I believe all people who wish to own any creature should listen to this book. My hope is it would stem the unending tide of cruelty to poor, defenseless animals. I think you will find this story to be among your favorite classics.