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Black Beauty

An Audible Original Drama
Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Framed as a first-person narrative from the eponymous horse, this much-loved family classic follows Black Beauty's journey from a well-born colt to a painfully overworked cab horse. Brimming with vivid detail and relatable characters, each chapter of Black Beauty's long and varied life communicates an important message about kindness, sympathy and understanding.

Following the success of the double Audie award-winning Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories, Audible Originals UK are excited to announce this reimagination of Sewell's unique concept as an animal-based audio drama for all the family.

Black Beauty features lead performances from Samuel West (BAFTA nominated; Mr Selfridge, Howards End), Samantha Bond (SAG nominated; Downton Abbey, James Bond), Paul Thornley (Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, Les Misérables) and Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders, Great Expectations, Foyle's War) as well as the original theme music 'Galloping Home' by Denis King.

Public Domain (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Get ready to laugh, cry and sigh with nostalgia as everyone's favourite fictional horse makes a comeback." (Horse & Countryside)
"Perfect for the whole family to listen to together." (The Week)

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  • janedoegrayson
  • 27-10-2017

Loved it

Made me cry i love how it felt like i was watching a movie !! Both in my head, and in audio form :)

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  • Allison Perrault
  • 23-05-2019

A classic all should read

This is a wonderful book that should be required reading for all. The performance was spectacular and paced well. I really enjoyed this audio book.

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  • Jason Trippier
  • 27-03-2019

Wonderful!

I watched the reruns of the Black Beauty television show as a kid in the 80’s and loved it, but I had never read the original book. This was an amazing story adaptation that was extremely well done! I now have a favorite book!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-2018

Excellent.

Really ally loved this radio drama... The book is really brought to life in thia stunning pw performance.

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  • Maud
  • 02-01-2018

Loved the various voices

Would you consider the audio edition of Black Beauty to be better than the print version?

Yes, because of the voices.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Black Beauty because I could hear the emotions in his voice of kindness, exhaustion, happiness and sometimes disgust at the ignorance of people and lack of thought for an animal. I also loved Ginger. Her voice showed so much emotion too.

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

I have not listened to any of the narrator's prior performances. I am new to Audible.

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

It brought me to tears several times when life became hard for the horses. I love horses and own one. I hate when they are mistreated.

Any additional comments?

I read Black Beauty as a child, but would recommend this audio book to anyone. It also teaches a lot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-2020

Saturday October 24, 2020

First time I've ever enjoyed this story. Never heard it, read it or watched it before now. I'm so thankful for Audible so I can enjoy all the classics as an adult that I never read as a child.

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  • Missy
  • 21-10-2020

Classic story well worth listening!

read this many times when i was young and absolutely loved hearing it read to me, the readers were amazing. loved the sound affects, where as i normally don't. highly recommend.

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  • barbara
  • 22-09-2020

Heartfelt story

For animal lovers and for anyone who loves horses. This story is a great book to teach how to be kind to animals and what consequences may occur if you are not kind and considerate to these majestic animals.

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  • Equinehugger
  • 17-09-2020

I wish audible wouldn’t change classic books so much

This is one of my favorite stories but I hate how audible originals keeps changing classics to sound like a play. It’s silly. Abridge them to clarify language or remove racism. But they are books. The removal of descriptions to replace with cruddy dialogue is silly and this may be the only version many people read. Especially when the story has a narrator, it makes sense for there to be descriptive phrases instead of the sounds of a angry horse and a voice saying “oh no she kicked him” or some such nonsense

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  • Dorothy Lo
  • 10-09-2020

Wonderful book

Wonderful book I first read in my childhood, very touching story. The audiobook brings it to life, great performance.

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  • Karena Zoe
  • 24-04-2017

Wow! This is just awesome!

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

Sensitive adaptation; excellent cast; beautiful narration!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Beauty?

the happy ending

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Sensitivity; kindness; beauty and power.

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

It made me laugh and cry. I loved it.

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A beautiful, sensitive and awesome performance of this timeless classic. Well done.

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  • Jane
  • 02-05-2017

Clearly enjoyable story

It was so great to listen to Black Beauty.
I couldn't make up my mind if I should buy the audiobook or not. I like audiobooks very much but I was never much into horse stories and I was not familiar with the story of Black Beauty.
I am glad I bought It. The speakers and the production is excellent. It is about animal cruelty and the importance of kindness. I also learned a lot about the care of horses, which I found to my surprise interesting. I think Black Beauty can be listened to by children and adults.

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  • Nigel
  • 23-04-2017

Samuel West portrays Black Beauty wonderfully

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As I hadn’t read Black Beauty I was under the impression it was a whimsical horse story for girls - a equine equivalent of Lassie the Wonder Dog. It isn’t.

Written in 1877 it chronicles the life of Black Beauty and is told by the horse itself.

A theme of animal welfare and human kindness runs throughout the life of Black Beauty, though on a few occasions it did sound a little preachy. The only other minor criticism is that as I know what Tamzin Outhwaite looks like, when Ginger spoke an image of Ms Outhwaite was speaking in my head rather than a horse. Samuel West portrays Black Beauty wonderfully.

An enjoyable listen and am glad to have used a credit for it.

A big thanks to Audible, please keep producing audio dramas as they are really appreciated!



[ If you would like to hear more audio stories from the viewpoint of a horse have a look at ‘Warhorses of Letters’ starring Stephen Fry. ]

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  • Dunnill
  • 28-04-2017

A great listen

A very enjoyable book I, was surprised how good it was, a lot of action in this story. So glad I downloaded it, would highly recommend it., it's not just for the young one's , older one's too.

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  • shamsher ali
  • 25-04-2017

listened to it none stop

It's fantastic story basic yet short but beautiful excellent performance Well told very well told only wished it was longer n how wished other book be like this one with music and sound effect more please from the author most welcome

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  • Jyoti Salhan
  • 21-05-2017

Enjoyed it!!

Superb book, beautifully narrated ! Love it, enjoyed it thoroughly ... love the book from start to finish.

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  • Ms K Grist
  • 25-11-2017

Not keen

Not keen on the human ‘horse’ at all. No real need for a person to stand neighing...!

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  • Hannah Green
  • 17-05-2017

Black Beauty

Brilliant, Ginger is a very brave horse! You should do a folowing book!!!!!!!! Super BLAK-BEATY!!!!!🐴🐰🐏🐄🐰🐇

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  • AJ
  • 16-06-2017

Love it

I have read Black Beauty before but I enjoyed this Adaptation of this book. It was nice to hear from the horses point of view. I hadn't realised that Bath was one of the distinations In the book.

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  • D Heywood
  • 06-03-2020

#bestbook!

Such an inspiring story! Lifts my heart to hear black beauty, the film I watched when I was 6 or something!

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