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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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    Rosemary Greenwich, CT, United States 06-03-15
    Rosemary Greenwich, CT, United States 06-03-15 Member Since 2007

    I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!

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    "Superb"

    For grown ups and children. Nothing better. And a beautiful reading by EB White. This book should be part of every childhood. It fills a long car ride for adults and youngsters very successfully.

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    Kelly 05-17-15
    Kelly 05-17-15
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    "Wonderful!"

    Rather than take another car trip with my daughter in the back seat with movies and headphones to keep her occupied I decided to try audible. This way we could both participate in the story and I could share some of my favorite children's books. Charlotte's Web was a huge success! She heard the story from a whole new perspective. And just when I thought she wasn't paying attention I would hear a giggle or get a question. Just wonderful!

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    Kathy Claypool 04-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Heartwarming and just wonderful! 😍"

    My sister and I are 53 and 57. First time for me, she had read many times---what a wonderful story not to be missed.

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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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    bonnie johnson OWOSSO, MI, US 01-06-15
    bonnie johnson OWOSSO, MI, US 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Charlottes web"

    I really like how he wrote it with all of the detail. I love to write it's my favorite thing. And I like to write story's with detail! I mean.... Who wouldn't? I listen to it every night, yes I know what you are thinking.... No it does not get annoying at all.... That's how much I love this book!

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    Sandra 04-30-14
    Sandra 04-30-14

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    "Charming, Perennial Favorite"

    "Charlotte's Web" has been the favorite story of all my children and grandchildren for a certain period of time in their development. It's the story of a friend, very small and insignificant, who makes a huge difference in the life of another friend. Perfect for a child, wouldn't you say?

    We occasionally at reunions have a game of Charlotte's Pursuit where everyone competes to answer questions about the story. Since everyone has read it, adults and children alike have fun.

    If you haven't read it, listen to this outstanding story - if you have, revive the experience by having a skilled reader deliver it to you. Introduce a child, a grandchild, or a neighbor to this.

    Enjoy!

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    Tina Buster Los Angeles, CA USA 11-27-13
    Tina Buster Los Angeles, CA USA 11-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, mediocre performance"

    CHARLOTTE'S WEB is the first book I ever loved, and it remains my favorite book over 40 years later. However, E. B. White's narration was not appealing to me. I gave up on it after only a few minutes.

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    Lisa 06-18-12
    Lisa 06-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An enhanted return to childhood"

    A timeless story told by the only person who could/should tell it.
    Listening to it with my 4-year old niece took me back to my own childhood; an unexpected gift.

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    KVA Southeast Missouri, USA 05-07-12
    KVA Southeast Missouri, USA 05-07-12 Member Since 2011

    42 yr old Mom, Fan of Chill, Jazz, Dance and Trance

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    "Loved this recording."
    If you could sum up Charlotte's Web in three words, what would they be?

    Radiant, Terrific and Humble


    What did you like best about this story?

    E.B. White's reading was perfect for my third grader to read along. Listening and reading allowed her to discover precious gems on her own within the dialogue. One favorite example is when Templeton says " I am a glutton but not a merrymaker." Comprehension becomes a delight when it is discovered, rather than a tested task. This particular presentation accomplishes this beautifully.


    Have you listened to any of E.B. White and George Plimpton ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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