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Black Beauty

Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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This classic tale of a handsome, spirited horse, Black Beauty has been a children's favourite for over 100 years. Sewell tells the story of Beauty's life from a young foal through to a working horse.
Public Domain (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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Theres nothing better than this horse lovers perfect fit

I highly recommend this his book for young beginners of riding as this book includes an inspiring story so pls consider reading this as your first impression on horses is about to get 10 times better😍🐴

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  • qtvxzplr
  • 01-09-2012

Perfect reading of my favorite book

Black Beauty has been my favorite book since childhood. I know it through and through, and there are some passages that I know by heart. I have never liked the various TV and movie adaptations of the story, and was particularly annoyed by Beauty's voice in the 1999 movie version, in which he sounds like a gerbil. When I found this recording by Nathaniel Parker, an actor I have long respected, I knew I had found the right one. I was not disappointed. Parker gives this moving, thought-provoking classic all the right touches. He brings the story to life with the different accents for the human characters and the lively voices for the equine characters, who are of course the most important. He made me smile at the humorous moments and brought tears to my eyes at the sad moments. Most importantly to me, in portraying Black Beauty, he sounds like a noble, spirited, thoughtful horse. Not a gerbil, not a man, but a horse. I don't know how he managed that, but he did it. I can't recommend this recording highly enough to those who already love this book or to those who are coming to it for the first time. You are in for a treat.

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  • Jill
  • 04-07-2009

a classic beautifully read

The classic tale of this famous fictional horse is beautifully read by one of the best readers around, the English actor Nathaniel Parker. As with all of his readings, he brings dramatic skill, sensitivity, and vocal dexterity into play once again. A treat for both child and adult, and a great gift for a special occasion (or even 'just because').

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  • Melissa
  • 29-05-2011

Wonderful reading of a classic

If you remember reading and re-reading this book as a child, then this audiobook is a new way to enjoy the story. The narrator is classic British - good characterizations and very clear speech. I listened to this audiobook almost continuously until the end!

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  • SwimmerGirl
  • 26-02-2019

Classic horse story holds true and relevant!

While I hadn't read this book in at least 30 years, it has held true. Reminding people to be kind and considerate to both animals and people. Giving a very different point of view, than one usually experiences.

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  • Sabrina Rivera
  • 08-04-2016

Fantastic Audiobook

Nathaniel Parker was amazing and a true joy to listen to. This has become my favorite reading and one of my favorite books!

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  • Kristi R.
  • 26-10-2012

Childhood favorite!

If you could sum up Black Beauty in three words, what would they be?

Horse survives Humans!

Would you recommend Black Beauty to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, however I found myself bored a little and remembered how important pictures can be to a children's story. The story is good, but pictures improve it.

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

He is an excellent narrator and this is one of his best! Very much enjoyed his performance.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Beauty can do it!

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  • Balazs Garamvolgyi
  • 18-05-2019

To fast !!

I love the story ,but It is tooo fast. I am just warning you that you might need to slow down the sound a bit

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  • Jason Wayne
  • 29-08-2018

Awesome awesome

I really really really really liked it
It was so good so so soood
Really really good

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  • Holly C
  • 17-11-2016

Great story!

what a great story for all ages! I read this story as a child and I enjoyed it as much today as I did back then

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  • Caril
  • 29-11-2012

Narrator inconsistent

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I love the story, but I just didn't get on with this narrator. His voices slipped, and he had pauses in odd places.

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  • Chloenolie
  • 10-01-2016

Black Beauty

Takes me back to my childhood when my Dad used to read this book to me... My Dad did better horsie voices though! :-)

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  • Angus
  • 28-12-2015

very good

Marvelous book. Easy to listen to very well read. Would recommend to all ages. Amazing.

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  • Ms. K. Holton
  • 11-08-2015

An old childhood favourite

Wonderful book read beautifully. An old favourite from my childhood. Enjoyed as much as when I was a little girl.

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  • Zoe
  • 11-06-2016

Black Beauty

I have loved this book since I was a small child. This audio version is beautifully done. The narrator is good and keeps the flow of the book well without being monotonous and his diction is fluid. I would recommend this version to anyone.

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  • Susan
  • 23-12-2012

Gripping yet soothing

This beautiful classic is beautifully read: the voice of the reader is pleasant. The story is exciting yet soothing. Listening to it was the perfect inducement to getting on with some awful chore like tidying or ironing. Whatever the job, it was done in a flash, my attention held by the clear and satisfying unfolding of the story. I also learned about the treatment of horses, something to discuss with my horse-mad granddaughter.

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  • a re-kindled reader
  • 13-11-2019

Still the best

loved it to every word in it. a wonderful read for children and adults alike.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-2019

Still A Masterpiece

I last read this book as a teenager (which was quite a while ago). It is as brilliant now as it was then. It made me both smile and shed tears. Anna Sewell was ahead of her time.
Narrator was really good too.

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  • Jess
  • 03-10-2019

Lovable

What a sweet, lovable story. I fell in love with the horse and got a little frustrated about how badly the horses were being used. Definitely a book to read to my Daughter.

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  • Elena
  • 23-02-2018

Wonderful!

Such a great story and told so well, the narrator did a great job of conveying Beauty’s emotion and character and doing the other voices. The children loved it and wanted to listen again straight away! Only have the performance 4 stars as it seemed a quiet recording, even turned up to full volume we sometimes found it difficult to hear the story if there was any background noise so not so great in the car or if the washing machine is running!

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  • Clare
  • 24-11-2017

Favourite

This is one of my all time favourite books, beautifully written and a pleasure to listen to