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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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    Crystal Wilson north carolina 04-30-12
    Crystal Wilson north carolina 04-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Childhood revisited"
    What made the experience of listening to Charlotte's Web the most enjoyable?

    You often miss something while reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing all the parts I'd forgotten.


    Which character – as performed by E.B. White and George Plimpton – was your favorite?

    Charlotte and Templeton


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Always when they leave Charlotte behind at the fair.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to this with my grandchildren.

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    Alison Fayetteville, NC, United States 01-19-12
    Alison Fayetteville, NC, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Charlotte's Web to be better than the print version?

    Yes. E.B. White truly loves this book, and his love for it is passionately echoed in each word as he reads this book for us!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie SANTA MONICA, CA, United States 12-04-11
    Leslie SANTA MONICA, CA, United States 12-04-11
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    "One of the Best Classics read by the author"
    What did you love best about Charlotte's Web?

    The story is so warm and sweet. It is timeless story about friendship, humility, dignity, and respect. Each character is so well developed and reflects good and bad ways how we treat each other - in small details to the main story line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Wilbur the pig. He loves life the way it is given to him. He really tries his best in every moment to be best of himself, and of a friend. He does not take anything for granted. The goose and gander characters make me laugh.


    What about E.B. White and George Plimpton ’s performance did you like?

    Mr. While's reading is absolutely superb. He brings you deep into the scenes. I cannot imagine any better reading. I catch myself trying to imitate his reading when I read the story to my son.


    Any additional comments?

    We (my 5.9-yr-old son and I) have read this story 100+ times. We have been going to bed with Audible's recording on every night past three weeks. It never gets old. My son even loves quoting and acting out the story. Good messages are hidden in so many layers of the story and it keeps on giving. This is what a truly great classic story is all about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger M. Young North Charleston, South Carolina United States 08-22-11
    Roger M. Young North Charleston, South Carolina United States 08-22-11 Member Since 2008
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    "What a treat"

    I listen to at least two Audible books a month. This was an absolute treat. I do not know how anyone could have read it any better than E.B. White.

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    Vohnna vidor, texas, United States 07-01-11
    Vohnna vidor, texas, United States 07-01-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The perfect children's classic"

    I have a 4 year-old girl and an 11 year-old boy who both enjoyed Charlotte's Web. We have listened to it 3xs already this summer, and I have over-heard both children repeating lines from the story! It is great to know they are enjoying the book as much as i did when i was growing up!

    0 of 0 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 2009

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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!

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    Mark Grotto Houston 04-03-10
    Mark Grotto Houston 04-03-10 Listener Since 2010
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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.

    0 of 0 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!

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    JannieBlue Milton, MA United States 07-03-09
    JannieBlue Milton, MA United States 07-03-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Pure delight"

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

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    Suzanne Lexington, MA, USA 10-26-07
    Suzanne Lexington, MA, USA 10-26-07
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    "Classic tale"

    This is a classic tale made all the more enjoyable by the narration of the author himself E.B. White. Enjoyable for adults and children alike.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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