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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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    Vohnna vidor, texas, United States 07-01-11
    Vohnna vidor, texas, United States 07-01-11 Member Since 2013
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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!

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    Karen 06-10-14
    Karen 06-10-14
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    "Great story, lousy reader"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no. rading was way b etter and the reader's voice and delivery was disappointing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Charlotte's Web?

    none


    What didn’t you like about E.B. White and George Plimpton ’s performance?

    His reading was very dull.


    Was Charlotte's Web worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

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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.

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    Colin ReadingUnited Kingdom 03-08-07
    Colin ReadingUnited Kingdom 03-08-07
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    "Dry, like eating flour"

    This may be a great story, but its presentation here is untenable. The author reads the work and does a very bad job. There is no life in the story. It's a pity though, with such talented narrators available, that it should have turned out this way. The author should stick to authorship and leave narration to someone more gifted.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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