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Charlotte's Web Audiobook

Charlotte's Web Audiobook

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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)

What Members Say

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    Robert Ogg 03-30-17
    Robert Ogg 03-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfect."

    My daughters and I went on a long road trip together. This story was wonderful. My 7 year old and I were enthralled. I think it was too long to keep my 4 year olds interest so we did some short stories to break things up.

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    Brad Warner 08-23-16
    Brad Warner 08-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Charlotte's web"

    My name is Natalie and I listen to charlottes web every night practically. It helps me go to sleep and makes me feel good to listen to the story. I am 10 years old and have been listening to this for 5 years! I love Wilbur because he is funny

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    David J. Nowaczewski Detroit, MI 08-07-16
    David J. Nowaczewski Detroit, MI 08-07-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Magnificent - a paean to hope"

    I am writing this review after listening to this with my kids for the third time. It is magnificent. Finely crafted, playful, serious, comical; in short, wonderful! White as both an author and narrator created a wonderful world in which the joys and sorrows of life on earth are engaged. Splendid!

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    Hope 06-15-16
    Hope 06-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Charlotte's Web: "

    This is the most amazing story I have ever heard. It give the most beautiful picture of death. It helped me understand how much it is to have a friend, saying that she dies in the end. And E.B White has the perfect touch and voice for this book.

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    Heidi DADE CITY, FL, United States 03-26-16
    Heidi DADE CITY, FL, United States 03-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not well thought out"

    I am not sure who chose a man with a New York gangster accent to read a southern child's story but it sadly ruined the story. My child repeatedly asked why Charlotte sounded so mean. Bad choice audible.

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    Terry Root 03-09-16
    Terry Root 03-09-16
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    "Charlotte's web"

    Great book for kids and adults. Buy it, you will like it. Read u t to your kids.

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    Rosemary Greenwich, CT, United States 06-03-15
    Rosemary Greenwich, CT, United States 06-03-15 Member Since 2017

    I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!

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    "Superb"

    For grown ups and children. Nothing better. And a beautiful reading by EB White. This book should be part of every childhood. It fills a long car ride for adults and youngsters very successfully.

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    Kathy Claypool 04-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Heartwarming and just wonderful! 😍"

    My sister and I are 53 and 57. First time for me, she had read many times---what a wonderful story not to be missed.

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    KVA 05-07-12
    KVA 05-07-12

    42 yr old Mom, Fan of Chill, Jazz, Dance and Trance

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    "Loved this recording."
    If you could sum up Charlotte's Web in three words, what would they be?

    Radiant, Terrific and Humble


    What did you like best about this story?

    E.B. White's reading was perfect for my third grader to read along. Listening and reading allowed her to discover precious gems on her own within the dialogue. One favorite example is when Templeton says " I am a glutton but not a merrymaker." Comprehension becomes a delight when it is discovered, rather than a tested task. This particular presentation accomplishes this beautifully.


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

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colin ReadingUnited Kingdom 03-08-07
    Colin ReadingUnited Kingdom 03-08-07
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    "Dry, like eating flour"

    This may be a great story, but its presentation here is untenable. The author reads the work and does a very bad job. There is no life in the story. It's a pity though, with such talented narrators available, that it should have turned out this way. The author should stick to authorship and leave narration to someone more gifted.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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