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
"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)
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.
Enchanting, delightful, engaging
E.B.White has a perfect voice for the story.
:-) Pork the new white meat.
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!
You often miss something while reading.
Hearing all the parts I'd forgotten.
Charlotte and Templeton
Always when they leave Charlotte behind at the fair.
I enjoyed listening to this with my grandchildren.
Addicted to Audible since 2009
A little sad at the end but such a classic and cute book and the audio version was great as the narrators does a tremendous job and I really like the afterword that followed the book as well. Highly recommended for kids and adults!
My 6 yo (active) boy didn't want to do anything else until he had completed listening to this story. He requested that we listen to it while eating dinner, and then he wanted to listen to it the first thing upon waking the next morning, etc. I heard bits and pieces as I was moving about, completing chores, and its sweetness brought me to tears.
It's wonderful to hear E.B. White read his own work. My kids loved listening to him as much as I did - and picked up on many of the messages of the story. Weeks later, when on the swing, my 5 year old quoted the book "children hold on tighter than you think they do". Love it!
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!
Thoreau's 'Walden' and Ayn Rand's 25th anniversary introduction to 'The Fountainhead' summarize my library well.
"I wrote this story for children and to amuse myself. I will to read it to you." -- E.B. White
Without question, Charlotte's Web has to be one of the most enduring and outstanding books in the Audible library, and not just because of the story. This audiobook was recorded in 1970, read by E.B. White himself. White passed away in 1985. From start to finish, the recording has the feel of a time capsule: the low-fidelity analog playback, White's New England accent and the sound of page turns turn this book into a treasure for kids and adults alike. How was this original recording marketed and sold? A multi-LP set, perhaps? Yet here it stands today, for simple download and enjoyment for years to come.
White's descriptions of the farm and fair are efficient, sensual and spot-on. Lessons of growing up, friendship, selflessness, death, and generational perpetuity abound. While short, Charlotte's Web is worth every penny. I look forward to listening to this title repeatedly, both by myself and with my children.
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