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Charlotte's Web Audiobook

Charlotte's Web Audiobook

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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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    Rita Greensboro, MD, Virgin Islands, U.S. 12-18-07
    Rita Greensboro, MD, Virgin Islands, U.S. 12-18-07 Member Since 2015
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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!




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    jennifer 04-07-17
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    I loved the book that you just read me!
    I hope that I could read great books like this. But I won't read any more books from Audible, unless you give me free books, for NO cost at all. Make sure that they are kids books, for my daughter. And make sure that their Beverly Clearly. Please.

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    Robert Ogg 03-30-17
    Robert Ogg 03-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfect."

    My daughters and I went on a long road trip together. This story was wonderful. My 7 year old and I were enthralled. I think it was too long to keep my 4 year olds interest so we did some short stories to break things up.

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    AnnaJane 03-13-17
    AnnaJane 03-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A warm wind of life and death"

    To tell you the truth, I am also trembling with joy when finished reading and listening this story of heartwarming rescue and innocent friendship. As always, Charlotte will be watching Wilbur as long as she lives in heaven!

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    Kathleen United States 03-11-17
    Kathleen United States 03-11-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Still my favorite"

    Charlotte's Web was my favorite childhood book. I could not have known E.B. White's fame and expertise as a writer. I only knew that I loved the story, the setting, the characters, and most especially, Charlotte.

    It is a blissful treat to listen to the author read this book. I thrilled to hear the pages turn, and loved his rendition of the animal voices.

    The afterward was a pleasant surprise, providing additional insight to the story that I will always treasure.

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    Laura11080402 03-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Lovely"

    It is such a treat to have E B White reading to you. I cried and laughed with this beautiful history. It is masterfully written and I'm happy to share it with my son.

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    Charley 01-15-17
    Charley 01-15-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Just as I remembered..."

    Wonderful story and beautifully read by the author, E. B. White. I didn't cry this time like I did when I was eight years old.

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    David 12-18-16
    David 12-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Sweet milestone!"

    We finally finished it! I just loved sharing this story of friendship and compassion with my daughter!

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    darfish CA 11-30-16
    darfish CA 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Classic"

    Whether you're reading the book or listening with audio this is the book that is many to be shared with others. Charlotte Web is right up there with the book A Christmas Story.

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    Rich 09-06-16
    Rich 09-06-16 Member Since 2016

    Rye-and-Indian, baked daily.

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    "Authentic, Sincere, Rare, Flawless"

    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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