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)
I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!
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.
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!
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!
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
"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.
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.
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.
Radiant, Terrific and Humble
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.
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