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)
Over sixty, avid reader, Masters in German Literature.
My grandchildren were pulled into the narrative completely by this wonderfully crafted and narrated story. The fact that Louie had a defect which he overcame through hard work seemed to strike a particular chord. We loved it!
music teacher and parent
My family loved listening to this in the car on a road trip. E. B. White's voice is perfect.
This is a story that I somewhat remember from my youth and the story itself is terrific- one of the classic children's stories.
That being said, I am not a fan of authors doing their own narration as the skill sets are completely different. He was not up to the task in my opinion and don't think his voice works for kids very well. If I compare his narration to BD Wong's in the Mouse and the Motorcycle there is just no comparison- Mr. Wong added much to Beverly Cleary's story while EB White was a distraction to his at times.
I like book when they are read... To me with different voices for all the characters... By a talented author. ~Haiku
A classic, especially since it's read by EB White. A nice animal parable on par with Charlotte's Web with nice allusions to Louis Armstrong.
I love to read about far way places and learn about monsters and how they live.
My children loved listening and following along with the book. The trumpet playing was great because it made the kids feel like they were there with Lois! Awesome!
The voice was dry and gave my students the wrong idea of the story. This is one of my favorite books but was disappointed in how he read it.
Sam Beaver & the swan with no voice
of course - this is the first book reader that I did not care for
The book itself IS awesome! I just did not care for the reader.
I will listen for sample readers next time before making a purchase.
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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