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Charlotte's Web | [E.B. White]

Charlotte's Web

Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte's Web has become one of America's best-loved children's books. For fifty years, this timeless story of the pig named Wilbur and the wise spider named Charlotte who saved him has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere. This 1953 Newbery Honor Book comes to life in a delightful unabridged recording, read lovingly by the author himself.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Many Audible listeners call this the best audiobook ever recorded. It is not just the timeless story of a girl, a pig, and a spider that makes this a treasure; the story is told by the author, with a raspy New England accent and a casual manner that recalls my best memories of being read to by a favorite grown-up. Warning: you may be an adult now, but that doesn't mean you won't cry as you listen. —Beth Anderson

Publisher's Summary

Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte's Web has become one of America's best-loved children's books. For fifty years, this timeless story of the pig named Wilbur and the wise spider named Charlotte who saved him has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere. Now this class, a 1953 Newbery Honor Book, comes to life in a delightful unabridged recording, read lovingly by the author himself.

Also included is a retrospective essay by noted scholar Peter F. Neumeyer, read by George Plimpton, that gives an additional overview of the development and publication of the novel and its creators.

The Charlotte's Web 50th Anniversary Retrospective Edition is a keepsake that listeners of all ages will cherish.

©1952, 1980 E.B. White; (P)1970 E.B. White

What the Critics Say

"The book has liveliness and felicity, tenderness and unexpectedness, grace and humor and praise of life...that only the most highly imaginative stories seem to grow." (Eudora Welty, The New York Times Book Review)
"White simply shares his story so intimately that adult listeners notice every nuance...For children the story of Wilbur and Charlotte will be sheer delight...White's story still has the power to mesmerize and teach us great lessons of friendship and life." (AudioFile)

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    CLyons PASADENA, MD, United States 02-07-13
    CLyons PASADENA, MD, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "beautiful story, beautifully read by the author"
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    I listened to this story with my 4 year old, and we both enjoyed it so much! It is read by the author, and his reading style is enchanting. Its like listening to your much loved grandfather read your favorite book to you...It is absolutely lovely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elka Stockton, CA, United States 11-17-12
    Elka Stockton, CA, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "What the heck is wrong with Audible?"
    If you could sum up Charlotte's Web in three words, what would they be?

    Enchanting, delightful, engaging


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wilbur.


    What didn’t you like about E.B. White and George Plimpton ’s performance?

    E.B.White has a perfect voice for the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    :-) Pork the new white meat.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance of the audio books is atrocious! I have no idea why they removed the fast forward/backward and skip features on Audible. This makes replaying or skipping impossible. It's very frustrating!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jami Manhattan Beach, ca, United States 07-03-12
    Jami Manhattan Beach, ca, United States 07-03-12
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    "Difficult to use in the classroom."
    What disappointed you about Charlotte's Web?

    The story is great! The way the file is set up is terrible. It was difficult to use in the classroom with small groups. The recording is not broken out into to chapters, so I had to fast forward and rewind to figure out where each group had left off. It wasted a lot of time. Very disappointing!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is great! The characters are wonderful and the children really enjoy the book.


    Have you listened to any of E.B. White and George Plimpton ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    What character would you cut from Charlotte's Web?

    none


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Greensboro, MD, Virgin Islands, U.S. 12-18-07
    Rita Greensboro, MD, Virgin Islands, U.S. 12-18-07
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    "Great book"

    E.B. White's voice may take some getting used to, but it is worth it. My children and I listened to this book over and over again. It is a great book and IMHO, well read!
    Don't miss this classic!




    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-10-14
    Karen 06-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, lousy reader"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no. rading was way b etter and the reader's voice and delivery was disappointing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Charlotte's Web?

    none


    What didn’t you like about E.B. White and George Plimpton ’s performance?

    His reading was very dull.


    Was Charlotte's Web worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra JULESBURG, CO, United States 04-30-14
    Sandra JULESBURG, CO, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2003

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    "Charming, Perennial Favorite"

    "Charlotte's Web" has been the favorite story of all my children and grandchildren for a certain period of time in their development. It's the story of a friend, very small and insignificant, who makes a huge difference in the life of another friend. Perfect for a child, wouldn't you say?

    We occasionally at reunions have a game of Charlotte's Pursuit where everyone competes to answer questions about the story. Since everyone has read it, adults and children alike have fun.

    If you haven't read it, listen to this outstanding story - if you have, revive the experience by having a skilled reader deliver it to you. Introduce a child, a grandchild, or a neighbor to this.

    Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Buster Los Angeles, CA USA 11-27-13
    Tina Buster Los Angeles, CA USA 11-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, mediocre performance"

    CHARLOTTE'S WEB is the first book I ever loved, and it remains my favorite book over 40 years later. However, E. B. White's narration was not appealing to me. I gave up on it after only a few minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa LEESBURG, VA, United States 06-18-12
    Lisa LEESBURG, VA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An enhanted return to childhood"

    A timeless story told by the only person who could/should tell it.
    Listening to it with my 4-year old niece took me back to my own childhood; an unexpected gift.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KVA Southeast Missouri, USA 05-07-12
    KVA Southeast Missouri, USA 05-07-12 Member Since 2011

    42 yr old Mom, Fan of Chill, Jazz, Dance and Trance

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    "Loved this recording."
    If you could sum up Charlotte's Web in three words, what would they be?

    Radiant, Terrific and Humble


    What did you like best about this story?

    E.B. White's reading was perfect for my third grader to read along. Listening and reading allowed her to discover precious gems on her own within the dialogue. One favorite example is when Templeton says " I am a glutton but not a merrymaker." Comprehension becomes a delight when it is discovered, rather than a tested task. This particular presentation accomplishes this beautifully.


    Have you listened to any of E.B. White and George Plimpton ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. McDaniels 05-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This book is completely enchanting"
    Would you listen to Charlotte's Web again? Why?

    I let my 7 year old choose her 'listening' book and this is what she chose. She was enthralled by the story. We'd listen a bit, stop it, and review what we heard. Listening to a story is often hard to do for children of this new generation - but listening skills are so important even in the age of technology. This was a great book to start with since it held my 7 year old's attention so well, and also my 3 year old enjoyed it too!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Piper (7 years old) says the best character is Charlotte because she is so smart and loves Wilbur so much.
    Stella (3 years old) says Templeton is funny.


    Have you listened to any of E.B. White and George Plimpton ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is our first


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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