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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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    Bookini 03-07-04
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    "Good reading of a great book"

    Good reading of a great book. My 6 year old son loved it. We listened to it in the car and it entertained the adults as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CLyons 02-07-13
    CLyons 02-07-13
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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 11-17-12
    Elka 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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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 08-23-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 08-23-10 Member Since 2010

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    "So cute"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Grotto 04-03-10
    Mark Grotto 04-03-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderfully warm and sweet!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Indian River, Ontario, Canada 07-13-09
    Janice Indian River, Ontario, Canada 07-13-09
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    "Charlotte's Web"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JannieBlue 07-03-09
    JannieBlue 07-03-09
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    "Pure delight"

    I love this story, but I loved even more hearing it from EBWhite himself. It was absolutely perfect.

    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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    Amparo Woodlake, CA, United States 03-20-15
    Amparo Woodlake, CA, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Again please"

    Just beautiful, I had forgotten how adorable this story was and to hear the author read it made it all the more special.

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    Melanie J Groft 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Bedtime story"

    I have listened to this book several times with my almost 3 year old as she goes to sleep. Great story. Timeless.

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