With humor and lyric beauty, E.B. White tells a timeless tale of love, courage, and freedom that will capture the imagination of every listener.
©1970 E.B. White; (P)1992 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"In his New England drawl, E.B. White captures our imagination with his splendid reading of his classic children's tale." (AudioFile)
We loved this book. It got us through a long road trip to grandma's, and now the kids listen to it at home in the living room. It's read by E.B. White, and he is wonderful. And its a great story. I have a five and almost three year old. The five year old LOVES it, the three year old is okay with it. I enjoyed it too, and it definitely made the car ride nicer for everyone. The first part is slow, but so worth it. Now I just need to find another one for our next trip . . .
The story of Louis and his trumpet was riveting for both the adults and the children in our car while listening to this on vacation. E.B. White's voice is especially soothing and we thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Why this book doesn't get much mention or attention is beyond my comprehension. Of his three children's novels, this one is the best.
If you enjoyed Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web, you will definitely enjoy this one, too. We are very fortunate to have the author read this timeless classic of love, friendship, and conquering the difficulties of life. The animated film version that was done a few years ago doesn't do justice to this wonderful book.
I vividly remember my third grade teacher reading this book outloud to my class so I eagerly wanted to introduce the story to my children. My kids are used to action, magic, suspense and very busy books so admittedly it took a while for them (and my husband) to get into the story. The author's voice is so soothing and his love for the characters was evident. The trumpet sounds were a big hit and we were all rooting for Louis and his family. It's a nice break from the modern stories today with lessons about honor, truth and love.
This is the best audiobook my girls and I have listened to. With the trumpet being played, it was even better than self reading. Again, my girls were glued to their iPods, or wherever we happened to be listening at the time. E.B. White does a great job.
This story was interesting, great, and exciting. It had everything you want in an audiobook. We got caught up in the story and enjoyed all the different emotions the characters experienced like humor, happiness, gratitude, love, and affection. We rooted for Louis to find true love and succeed in his plans. We enjoyed listening to this book so much we want to listen to it again.
This is a wonderful story about a trumpeter swan who cannot make a sound. There is nature, adventure, morality, and romance all in this one small book. It is purely fictitious, for the swan learns to read and write (and other amazing things). Yet, the descriptions of the swans are very educational and entertaining. For example, the scene in which the swan builds her nest was quite informative yet very engaging. The author narrates and has a wonderful voice and style. It's a book we have listened to several times, yet it never gets old. My children were about 5 and 8 when we first listened to it. At 11 and 14 we recently listened again, with equal pleasure.
Out of his vast library of children's audiobooks, this is the one my 7-year-old son keeps coming back to as his preferred listen for falling asleep each night. Something about EB White's voice is both captivating and reassuring (his narration of Charlotte's Web is also excellent). I think it's an excellent story for kids age 4 and up. Boys especially are likely to identify with the characters of Sam (the boy) and Louis (the swan).
PLOT: Voiceless Swans uses a "musical"trumpet to become his "voice"~~~~ excellent story~
written by EB. White who also wrote Charlotte's Web.
Trumpeter Swan Louie was UNABLE to "vocalize" from the day he hatched. Swans use the "vocalizing" of their trumpeting to communicate with other swans....voiceless Louie is befriended by a boy named Sam who ends up taking Louie to school with him. The idea is if Louie learns to READ and WRITE he can "communicate". But other swans could not read so.... Louie's father ....steals a musical TRUMPET so Louie can "vocalize" through the horn. Louie soon falls in LOVE with the LOVELY young female trumpeter swan SERENA. But Louis has a DEBT of HONOR to replay...for the stolen horn so he needs to get a JOB........Louie gets "hired" to play the trumpet at Boys Camp. Louie ends up a celebrity and hired to play music in the "Boston Gardens" where 'floating swans rides' are a local hang out. With a Trumpet playing SWAN.....soon Louie is a hot property. Louie saves just about every dime he earns. When the lovely female swan Serena lands in his pond and LOUIE uses his "musical skills" to court and win the lovely Serena as his mate. This maybe a children's story but most adults will love it. The humor here is excellent since we are drawn into the "SWAN STORY" and his interaction with all KINDS of people moves the story along. The READER E.B. White is very funny and shows his humor in his voice and accent. and I do believe we hear a trace of BOSTON accent in his voice from time to time.....WE not only love the tale but learn a lot about swans along the way. 5 stars for this outstanding timeless story for everyone. And for the child in all of us.
EB White, as a writer, practices what he preaches, and his narrative grabs a reader from the first page.
He is one of those few authors that SHOULD narrate their own stories, with both a lovely sense of pacing, and a voice that lulls a listener into rapt attention to the story. Both his words and his voice weave a rich tapestry that children AND parents can enjoy.
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