Black Beauty (version 3 Dramatic Reading)

Anna Sewell (1820 - 1878)

Black Beauty is a fictional autobiographical memoir told by a horse, who recounts many tales, both of cruelty and kindness. The title page of the first edition states that it was "Translated from the Original Equine by Anna Sewell." After its publication in 1877, Sewell lived just long enough to see her first and only novel become an immediate bestseller, as well as it encouraging the better treatment of many cruelly-treated animals.

Although initially intended for people who work with horses, it soon became a children's classic. While outwardly teaching animal welfare, it also contains allegorical lessons about how to treat people with kindness, sympathy and respect. The story is narrated in the first person and each short chapter relates an incident in Black Beauty's life, with Sewell's detailed observations and extensive descriptions of horse behaviour lending the novel a good deal of verisimilitude. (Summary by Cori Samuel, Wikipedia, and Mary Kay)

Black Beauty: Arielle Lipshaw
Ginger: Beth Thomas
Squire Gordon: Larry Wilson
John Manly: Oxenhandler
James Howard: Nolan Fout
Jeremiah Barker: Todd
Polly Barker: Kristin Gjerløw

Other roles read by: Nick Bulka, Zames Curran, Nolan Fout, Freakwhency, Kristin Gjerløw, Ricky of Kokiri, Lydia, MaryAnn, Oxenhandler, Adele de Pignerolles, Rachel, Esther ben Simonides, K. Adrian Stroet, Joseph Tabler, Beth Thomas, Todd, Elizabeth Travers, Maggie Travers, Twinkle, Tomas Peter, and Larry Wilson

Audio edited by Kim, Arielle Lipshaw, and Adele de Pignerolles

Genre(s): Dramatic Readings, Animals & Nature

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dramatis Personae Group 00:03:05
Play 01 My Early Home Group 00:04:24
Play 02 The Hunt Group 00:05:42
Play 03 My Breaking In Group 00:07:26
Play 04 Birtwick Park Group 00:05:02
Play 05 A Fair Start Group 00:06:45
Play 06 Liberty Arielle Lipshaw
Play 07 Ginger Arielle Lipshaw
Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Play 08 Ginger's Story Continued Group 00:06:37
Play 09 Merrylegs Group 00:04:47
Play 10 A Talk in the Orchard Group 00:11:07
Play 11 Plain Speaking Group 00:06:33
Play 12 A Stormy Day Group 00:06:04
Play 13 The Devil's Trade Mark Group 00:05:41
Play 14 James Howard Group 00:05:43
Play 15 The Old Hostler Group 00:05:51
Play 16 The Fire Group 00:07:05
Play 17 John Manly's Talk Group 00:07:16
Play 18 Going for the Doctor Group 00:07:00
Play 19 Only Ignorance Group 00:04:38
Play 20 Joe Green Group 00:04:58
Play 21 The Parting Group 00:05:17
Play 22 Earlshall Group 00:07:18
Play 23 A Strike for Liberty Group 00:05:48
Play 24 The Lady Anne, or a Runaway Horse Group 00:10:31
Play 25 Reuben Smith Group 00:06:22
Play 26 How it Ended Group 00:05:11
Play 27 Ruined and Going Downhill Group 00:05:05
Play 28 A Job Horse and his Drivers Group 00:06:31
Play 29 Cockneys Group 00:11:07
Play 30 A Thief Group 00:04:38
Play 31 A Humbug Group 00:05:15
Play 32 A Horse Fair Group 00:06:20
Play 33 A London Cab Horse Group 00:06:54
Play 34 An Old War Horse Arielle Lipshaw
Play 35 Jerry Barker Group 00:09:37
Play 36 The Sunday Cab Group 00:08:53
Play 37 The Golden Rule Group 00:05:44
Play 38 Dolly and a Real Gentleman Group 00:06:57
Play 39 Seedy Sam Group 00:06:59
Play 40 Poor Ginger Arielle Lipshaw
Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Play 41 The Butcher Group 00:05:18
Play 42 The Election Group 00:03:22
Play 43 A Friend in Need Group 00:07:10
Play 44 Old Captain and his Successor Group 00:07:53
Play 45 Jerry's New Year Group 00:10:04
Play 46 Jakes and the Lady Group 00:06:35
Play 47 Hard Times Group 00:07:54
Play 48 Farmer Thoroughgood and his Grandson Willie Group 00:06:45
Play 49 My Last Home Group 00:05:40