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The Trumpet of the Swan | [E.B. White]

The Trumpet of the Swan

Louis is a Trumpeter Swan, but he has no voice. Leaving his wild and beautiful home, he finds a young human friend, Sam Beaver, who helps him learn to read and write. When he returns to the lake, Louis discovers his education isn't enough: the beautiful swan he loves, Serena, can't read his declarations of love, and he can't trumpet them. Louis' resolution to win the swan of his desire launches him on an adventure that will take him far from home and lead where fate and love have a few surprises in store.
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Publisher's Summary

Louis is a Trumpeter Swan, but he has no voice. Though he is frightened when his father explains to him that he is different from the other cygnets, Louis is resourceful and determined. Leaving his wild and beautiful home, he finds a young human friend, Sam Beaver, who helps him learn to read and write. When he returns to the lake, Louis discovers his education isn't enough: the beautiful swan he loves, Serena, can't read his declarations of love, and he can't trumpet them. Louis' resolution to win the swan of his desire launches him on an adventure that will take him far from home and lead where fate and love have a few surprises in store.

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

What the Critics Say

"In his New England drawl, E.B. White captures our imagination with his splendid reading of his classic children's tale." (AudioFile)

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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 01-27-15
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 01-27-15

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    "Hey this is for adults too ~5 STARS~"

    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.

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    elisha 07-22-14
    elisha 07-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "classic and lovely"

    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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    N. S. W. Wildwood, NJ USA 02-06-13
    N. S. W. Wildwood, NJ USA 02-06-13 Listener Since 2009

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    "Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Trumpet of the Swan to be better than the print version?

    We are a huge fan of the print version, but to be able to hear E.B. White tell his story....priceless!


    Any additional comments?

    My kids giggled and cracked up so many times while listening. This is a good listen for all ages.

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    Melanie Tucson, AZ, USA 03-24-08
    Melanie Tucson, AZ, USA 03-24-08
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    I was disappointed from the moment I put it in the CD player. The person reading has an accent and speaks in a monotone voice. My kids LOVE audiobooks, but this one did not hold their attention for 5 minutes!

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful

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