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)
My daughter loves listening to this book with interesting narration.
E.B. White is great writer. Stuart Little by the same author is good book, too.
I'm sure I read this as a kid, but I really only remember the cartoon (or at least bits of it - I think it had really sad music) so when it was featured it on one of the sales, I snapped it up. I wasn't sure about the narration when it said 'read by the author' but quickly fell into the voice (and obvious enthusiasm for the story). What did I think? Phenomenal. Sometimes, when I go back and read a "classic" I'm left scratching my head as to why anyone, let alone nearly everyone, thought it was so great. Not this time. The writing was wonderful and funny and adorable and perfect. I can't say the same for all the details of the story, but a perfect story isn't much of a story after all. And because it's a children's story, I can see the lessons and character flaws are necessary. The best children's books are those that adults can read time after time without wanting to bash their heads in. This one's a gem, and I'm sure I'll find myself listening again and sharing it with the little ones in my life.
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!
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!
The story is great! The characters are wonderful and the children really enjoy the book.
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!
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