Black Beauty

  • by Anna Sewell
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this classic story, set in Victorian England, a well-born colt tells his life story, from his early years in a pleasant meadow to his experiences as an elegant carriage horse and then an overworked cab horse. As he passes from one owner to another, some gentle, some cruel, Black Beauty tells a moving tale of an animal's perspective on the human world.


Audible Editor Reviews

Sewell's classic story, enjoyed by generations of families, is given fine treatment in this audio production. Black Beauty goes from a peaceful, trouble-free existence to horrible treatment with his new owners when an accident necessitates that he be moved. His spirit perseveres through this time with the cruel men his mother warned him about as a foal as he finds his way back to a happier life. Sewell's tale, written as an outcry against animal mistreatment, takes on new life in Simon Vance's narration. His voice carries enough gravitas to easily convince both younger and older listeners of the importance of care for animals. His narration makes a heartfelt story into a listening experience for the family to share together.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Enjoy the classics with help from narrator.

What made the experience of listening to Black Beauty the most enjoyable?

I bought this book for kindle but had not read it. When I decided to use the narrated app I was sorry I had waited so long. I am a rather slow reader and really enjoy this way of reading.

What other book might you compare Black Beauty to and why?

Have to delve deeper into the classics.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Age 76 & this is the first time reading this book. I both laughed and cried.

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- Amazon Pal

A favorite

One of my all time favorite stories. I'd read it a million times as a child, in all it's harsh reality, and listening to it was a new experience. Highly recommended.
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- EternalBlue

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio