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  • The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Sims
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    As he was composing what was to become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White was obeying that oft-repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats - White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours. In The Story of Charlotte's Web, Michael Sims shows how White solved what critic Clifton Fadiman once called "the standing problem of the juvenile-fantasy writer: how to find, not another Alice, but another rabbit hole."

    Dog Lover says: "Hard to review"
    "'Story' weaves a web of its own."
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    Would you listen to The Story of Charlotte's Web again? Why?

    I might not listen to it again any time soon, but I would definitely listen to it again on down the road. The story is well told, with respect for both its subject and veracity.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I very much appreciated the way that Sims was able to bring in the various elements that contributed to White's writing the book.


    What does Nick Sullivan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, he's competent for the most part. How do you pronounce 'pianoforte' anyway?


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

    I think Story appeals to intellect and curiosity more than emotion, not that it is devoid of emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be looking for more of Sim's work in audible formats!

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