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  • Black Beauty: An Audible Original Drama | Anna Sewell,R. D. Carstairs - adaptation

    Black Beauty: An Audible Original Drama

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Samantha Bond, Tamzin Outhwaite, and others
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    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.

    Nigel says: "Samuel West portrays Black Beauty wonderfully"
  • Black Beauty | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
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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.

    Chloenolie says: "Black Beauty"
  • Black Beauty | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    Anna Sewell said that her purpose in writing the novel was "to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses". The book broke records for sales and is the sixth best seller in the English language.

    lexxie says: "black beauty"
  • The Enchanted Collection | Anna Sewell,Louisa May Alcott,Frances Hodgson Burnett,Lewis Carroll,Kenneth Grahame

    The Enchanted Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and others
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden, Simon Vance, Michael Page, and others
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    This is a collection meant to be cherished for a lifetime. Whether encountering these cherished tales for the first or the 50th time, listeners will find enchantment in this collection.

    Julia Brown says: "Fantastic stories and value for money"
  • Black Beauty | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Jenny Hoops
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    Every girl's favorite book about horses, this beloved autobiography of a carriage horse in 19th-century England is filled with humor, drama, intrigue, and hope. Follow Black Beauty as he leaves his happy colt-hood home to follow his destiny as a carriage horse, and to the destructive life of a cab horse in London. You'll meet the whole series of Black Beauty's people, from devious, nasty Seedy Sam to the most wonderful of grooms, James Howard, and his cab-driver Jerry Barker and his cheerful family, and finally Black Beauty's saviour, Joe Green.

  • Black Beauty (AmazonClassics Edition) | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    From the meadow of his youth to the crowded, frosty streets of London, Black Beauty tells the story of his life under many masters in Victorian England, among them the kind Squire Gordon, the principled Jeremiah Barker, and the exploitive Nicholas Skinner. No matter the circumstance, Beauty bears joy and hardship with grace, heeding his mother's advice to be good, gentle, and hardworking - always.

  • Russell Tovey reads Black Beauty (Famous Fiction) | Anna Sewell

    Russell Tovey reads Black Beauty (Famous Fiction)

    • ABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Russell Tovey
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    Russell Tovey reads the story of the handsome and spirited horse, Black Beauty. 'I hope you will grow up gentle and good, and never learn bad ways; do your work with a good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick...' So says Black Beauty's mother when he is a very young colt, and he never forgets her advice. This is the story of the horse's adventures and the disappointments and joys that surround him, from his carefree early days on an English farm with his mother, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London and finally his happy retirement in the country.

  • Black Beauty | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Colin Salmon
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    This is one of the most famous children's books ever written. Since its publication in 1877, it has sold well over 30 million copies. It held the world record for sales far and above any other piece of children's literature for 130 years. It wasn’t, however, written for children - the story of the highly spirited and gorgeous black stallion and his transfer from owner to increasingly abusive owner until his final happy rescue was originally intended to be a campaigning work distributed to those who worked with horses.

  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    From its first publication in 1877, Black Beauty has been one of the best-loved animal stories ever written. The dramatic and heartwarming tale is told by the magnificent black horse himself, from his idyllic days on a country squire’s estate to his harsh fate as a London cab horse and his merciful rescue by two kindly old ladies. Filled with vivid anecdotes about animal intelligence, the novel derives a special magic from the love of all creatures, great and small, apparent on every page.

  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    When Black Beauty is just a foal, his mother tells him to be gentle and good, hard-working and obedient to his humans always. Beauty's first job, as carriage horse to Squire Gordon, rewards his good behavior. But when the Gordons fall on hard times, Beauty is sold to an estate whose mistress insists on the bearing rein, a device that forces a horse's head into an uncomfortable but chic position. After scarring his knees in a fall, Beauty is sold once again, to a hard life in a livery stable.

  • Black Beauty | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    Black Beauty is a novel by English author Anna Sewell written around 1877. The story is told in the first person and is a fictional autobiographical memoir told from the perspective of a horse named Black Beauty. The story follows this horse's life, from his young days on an English farm with his mother, to the more dreadful years of pulling cabs in London, and ending with his happy retirement in the country.

  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
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    With 50 million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time. While forthrightly teaching animal welfare, it also teaches how to treat people with kindness, sympathy, and respect. The story is narrated in the first "person" as an autobiographical memoir told by a horse named Black Beauty—including his carefree days as a colt on an English farm, his later difficult life pulling cabs in London, and his happy retirement in the country.

  • Black Beauty | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Bob Thomley
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    Anna Sewell did not write Black Beauty as a novel for children. She said that her purpose in writing the novel was "to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses".

    The book broke records for sales and is the sixth best seller in the English language.

  • Black Beauty | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Black Beauty, the friendly, patient stallion with a white blaze upon his forehead, is one of the most familiar figures in children's literature. After the first lively carefree years in the fields, Black Beauty learns to accept the saddle and bridle and the rule of her masters. But a succession of misfortunes shows that the life of a horse can be harsh and painful. This touching portrait, full of drama and sadness, is as moving now as when it was first written in 1877.

  • Black Beauty | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-tempered colt with a strong spirit. As a young colt he is free to gallop in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty.

  • Black Beauty | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Kate Redding
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    The story of a beautiful thoroughbred horse abused by its owners is also a story of courage and love. It is one of the greatest children's classics.

    Michelle says: "A most moving read!"
  • Black Beauty | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    A spirited thoroughbred horse tells of his experiences with a series of different masters. Through the eyes of this beautiful animal we see the best and the worst of the human condition.

  • Black Beauty: Bring the Classics to Life | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty: Bring the Classics to Life

    • ABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Iman
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    This audiobook is about the life of a beautiful horse as a colt, adult, and retired animal and addresses issues horses had to deal with in regards to being used to pull carriages for money making and about the fair and kind treatment of animals used by people.

  • Black Beauty | Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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    Black Beauty is an autobiographical memoir detailing the journey of a horse, from his whimsical days as a young colt on a farm in 19th Century England, before moving on towards tough times hauling cabs in London and finally ending with a peaceful rest in the country.

  • Black Beauty (Adaptation): Oxford Bookworms Library | Anna Sewell,Jennifer Bassett (adaptation)

    Black Beauty (Adaptation): Oxford Bookworms Library

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell, Jennifer Bassett (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Charles Collingwood
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    When Black Beauty is trained to carry a rider on his back, or to pull a carriage behind him, he finds it hard at first. But he is lucky - his first home is a good one, where his owners are kind people, who would never be cruel to a horse. But in the 19th century many people were cruel to their horses, whipping them and beating them, and using them like machines until they dropped dead. Black Beauty soon finds this out, and as he describes his life, he has many terrible stories to tell.

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