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Black Beauty Performance

Black Beauty: An Audible Original Drama

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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

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What the Critics Say

"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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    Nigel Berkshire, UK 23/04/2017
    Nigel Berkshire, UK 23/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "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. ]

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    miss t groves 24/04/2017
    miss t groves 24/04/2017
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    "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.


    Any additional comments?

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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    AMANDA 28/04/2017
    AMANDA 28/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    shamsher ali 25/04/2017
    shamsher ali 25/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Bath 02/05/2017
    Jane Bath 02/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dee S Bath, Somerset 16/06/2017
    Dee S Bath, Somerset 16/06/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "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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    Hannah Green 17/05/2017
    Hannah Green 17/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Black Beauty"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jyoti Salhan London 21/05/2017
    Jyoti Salhan London 21/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed it!!"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Godwin 21/07/2017
    S. Godwin 21/07/2017
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    "a classic"

    Excellent from start to finish. loved it.
    A great family book which we all enjoyed listening to

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    Christine W. 04/06/2017
    Christine W. 04/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "From a new perspective"

    I've always loved Black Beauty and this told the story from a new perspective, that of Black Beauty himself. It was thoroughly enjoyable and I didn't want it to end. I love a drama production and will look out for further dramas.

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  • hamzuny
    17/11/17
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    "Cant Stop Listening !!!"

    I have listen to this audio 3x within the first week and now the forth time. It is beautifully written, engaging and speaks to the heart of humans and their often cruel & lack of compassion towards animals. The entire time, it allowed me draw comparison to the harsh treatment slaves endured.

    I love this book immensely, it inspired me to listen to more books regarding animals and their unique bonds with humans such as Where the Red Fern Grows. . .

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  • Marietta Juarez
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    06/11/17
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    "Childhood memories."

    beautiful story like how I remembered from when I was a child. great cast and wonderful sound effects.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • janedoegrayson
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    27/10/17
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    "Loved it"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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