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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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  • Jason Trippier
  • 27-03-19

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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  • janedoegrayson
  • 27-10-17

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
  • 23-05-19

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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 07-01-18

Excellent.

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

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  • Maud
  • 02-01-18

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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  • Amanda Telesco
  • 06-01-21

Greatest book and performance

Loved everything about it and the sound effects, the ending was perfect, but poor Ginger.

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  • Sandra
  • 24-12-20

Oscar ‘Best’ quality, without visuals!

This is one of the best Audible productions I’ve experienced - and from the horses’ point of view! Great story, great cast, great audio background sounds and a top-movie-worthy music production! I will be sharing this and hope to recruit more Audible patrons. I can only hope this is just the start of a whole new audio product line....engrossing and wonderful.

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  • Carla Johnson
  • 22-12-20

Beautiful

I never read the book Black Beauty as a child and probably wouldn’t have listened to the audiobook had it not been free BUT I’m so glad I listened to it. I have an hour drive to work each direction so audiobooks have become my comfort before and after each shift and Black Beauty was by far the very best Audible Original that I’ve listened to. The book is a timeless classic that I didn’t know that I would fall in love with. I experienced so many emotions listening to it... happiness, sadness, anger, and happiness again. The story, the presentation, the narrators were all superb. I will listen to is over again and will definitely recommend to my sons to listen to it. Beautiful story all the way around with wonderful life lessons.

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  • David Dahl
  • 13-12-20

A Childhood Favorite

Black Beauty was a favorite read as a kid. I picked it up in Audible and was not disappointed. The characters were fresh, and the dramatization was enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous5
  • 03-12-20

Heartwarming classic

This was an excellent performance! The only thing I would have preferred differently is the wild overuse of horse whinnies. Anyone familiar with horses would know that they aren’t making constant vocalizations. It was distracting and piercing in an otherwise delightful presentation. Overall, well done!

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  • Karena Zoe
  • 24-04-17

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
  • 02-05-17

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
  • 23-04-17

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
  • 28-04-17

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
  • 25-04-17

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
  • 21-05-17

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
  • 25-11-17

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
  • 17-05-17

Black Beauty

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

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  • AJ
  • 16-06-17

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
  • 06-03-20

#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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