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)
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Rye-and-Indian, baked daily.
"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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