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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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    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 2013
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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


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    C. McDaniels 05-07-12
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    "This book is completely enchanting"
    Would you listen to Charlotte's Web again? Why?

    I let my 7 year old choose her 'listening' book and this is what she chose. She was enthralled by the story. We'd listen a bit, stop it, and review what we heard. Listening to a story is often hard to do for children of this new generation - but listening skills are so important even in the age of technology. This was a great book to start with since it held my 7 year old's attention so well, and also my 3 year old enjoyed it too!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Piper (7 years old) says the best character is Charlotte because she is so smart and loves Wilbur so much.
    Stella (3 years old) says Templeton is funny.


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

    This is our first


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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
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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!


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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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