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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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    Richard New York, NY, USA 04-30-04
    Richard New York, NY, USA 04-30-04
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    "Some book"

    Still my favorite audiobook. Not only is it a delight for children but for adults as well. What makes it incomparable is E.B. White's narration.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Oberlin OH 08-02-07
    Nancy Oberlin OH 08-02-07 Member Since 2005

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    "The best audio over"

    I have listened to audio books for many years. In my opinion, this is the single best recording of all time. It combines a gentle, funny, and poignant story with a quiet, understated, but brilliant reader. E.B. White reads his own work in his slow Maine accent. I have heard this recording dozens of times over the years with my children, and it never fails to bring tears to my eyes.

    I first had this book to read to me by the second grade teacher in 1966. I am still listening to it and it is still fresh to me and to my children. You can't go wrong with this one.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Watcharaporn NonthaburiThailand 09-10-06
    Watcharaporn NonthaburiThailand 09-10-06
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    "A+"

    He's really cool Narrator!
    I recommend this one, A+.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie United States 12-19-12
    Stephanie United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Read by the author!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Charlotte's Web to be better than the print version?

    I don't think the audio version is better than the print version--but enjoyed listening to the author read the story that is well known to me. It was fun to hear how he imagined the different voices. I think Faith could have been better performed with a female voice.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jami Manhattan Beach, ca, United States 07-03-12
    Jami Manhattan Beach, ca, United States 07-03-12
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    "Difficult to use in the classroom."
    What disappointed you about Charlotte's Web?

    The story is great! The way the file is set up is terrible. It was difficult to use in the classroom with small groups. The recording is not broken out into to chapters, so I had to fast forward and rewind to figure out where each group had left off. It wasted a lot of time. Very disappointing!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is great! The characters are wonderful and the children really enjoy the book.


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

    no


    What character would you cut from Charlotte's Web?

    none


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    HONG SUK KYUN 12-12-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Interesting narration"

    My daughter loves listening to this book with interesting narration.
    E.B. White is great writer. Stuart Little by the same author is good book, too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Carolina Beach, NC, United States 09-18-08
    Richard Carolina Beach, NC, United States 09-18-08 Member Since 2007

    I'm a voracious reader who unfortunately spends a lot of time on the road. Audiobooks make my life a lot better.

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    "A winner"

    I had access to vinyl LP's with the author reading this story and recorded them on tape many years ago. This was just as good (and, of course, the audio quality was even better). It's a timeless story and should be required reading (or listening) for anyone professing to be human. I may exaggerate a little, but not much. Either way, I highly recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya United States 04-09-07
    Tonya United States 04-09-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Charlotte's Web"

    This unabridged version of Charlotte's Web read by the author, EB White, is calming and delightful. Great for young children's listening pleasure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Gunnison, CO, USA 12-17-03
    Joanne Gunnison, CO, USA 12-17-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Charlotte's Web (Unabridged)"

    This is an absolute delight. "Charlotte's Web" being one of those "crossover" bits of fiction that is as pleasing and winsome to adults as to children (perhaps moreso), we come to love the characters, and the descriptions of their lives that whisk us into a wonderful tale. Mr. White's ability to create engaging dialogue, to turn a phrase so that we want to hear it again, is most clear in this book. He was one of those rare authors able to captivate the listener by reading his work in his own voice, and this is a fine treat: a fun and exquisitely-written children's story, read to you with great and skillful enthusiasm by its author. A gem.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa United States 02-15-13
    Melissa United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A classic for a reason"

    I'm sure I read this as a kid, but I really only remember the cartoon (or at least bits of it - I think it had really sad music) so when it was featured it on one of the sales, I snapped it up. I wasn't sure about the narration when it said 'read by the author' but quickly fell into the voice (and obvious enthusiasm for the story). What did I think? Phenomenal. Sometimes, when I go back and read a "classic" I'm left scratching my head as to why anyone, let alone nearly everyone, thought it was so great. Not this time. The writing was wonderful and funny and adorable and perfect. I can't say the same for all the details of the story, but a perfect story isn't much of a story after all. And because it's a children's story, I can see the lessons and character flaws are necessary. The best children's books are those that adults can read time after time without wanting to bash their heads in. This one's a gem, and I'm sure I'll find myself listening again and sharing it with the little ones in my life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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