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The Trumpet of the Swan Audiobook

The Trumpet of the Swan

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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)

What Members Say

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    julie ana vaccaro 09-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful"

    I read this book when I was a little girl. Now it was wonderful to be able to share it with my 9 year old son. It makes for great memory.

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    Beverly J Johnson 08-20-16 Member Since 2013

    Over sixty, avid reader, Masters in German Literature.

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    "Exquisite production enhanced by a real trumpet!"

    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!

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    N. Munn Kingsville, TX, USA 06-30-16
    N. Munn Kingsville, TX, USA 06-30-16 Member Since 2016

    music teacher and parent

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    "Delightful story read by author"

    My family loved listening to this in the car on a road trip. E. B. White's voice is perfect.

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    R. Moore Springfield, IL United States 05-10-16
    R. Moore Springfield, IL United States 05-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, but I prefer professional narrators"

    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.

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    lattetown Seattle, WA 04-27-16
    lattetown Seattle, WA 04-27-16

    I like book when they are read... To me with different voices for all the characters... By a talented author. ~Haiku

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    "A classic, especially since it's read by EB White"

    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.

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    Amy 02-25-16
    Amy 02-25-16 Member Since 2014

    I love to read about far way places and learn about monsters and how they live.

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    "This audio book rocks!"

    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!

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    Tanya 03-25-15
    Tanya 03-25-15
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    "Not the best voice"
    What disappointed you about The Trumpet of the Swan?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam Beaver & the swan with no voice


    Would you be willing to try another one of E.B. White’s performances?

    of course - this is the first book reader that I did not care for


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book itself IS awesome! I just did not care for the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen for sample readers next time before making a purchase.

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    Amanda W. 03-18-15
    Amanda W. 03-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    This book is funny weird and cool I loved it!read this book!read it read it read it!!!!!!!!!!! Good job E.B White


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    Molly 01-27-15
    Molly 01-27-15

    Wazoo Books

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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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