Charlotte's Web (Unabridged Audio Book)

Artist Group: 
Read by E.B. White
Publisher: 
Bantam Audio Books
Length in minutes: 
196

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ISBN: 
0553470485
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ASIN: 
0553470485
List Price: 
25.00
Rating: 
5
Publication Date: 
1992
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Short Review: 
Recorded in 1970, E.B. White reads his classic story of Wilbur the Pig and a small grey spider named Charlotte, who with kindness, ingenuity, and an impressive vocabulary, saves her porcine friend’s life.
Long Review: 

Recorded in 1970, E.B. White reads his classic story of Wilbur the Pig and a small grey spider named Charlotte, who with kindness, ingenuity, and an impressive vocabulary, saves her porcine friend from being slaughtered. In his brief introduction before reading the story, White tells listeners, “This is a story of the barn. I wrote it for children, and to amuse myself.” This straightforward, no-nonsense practicality runs through the entire reading. With just a hint of a New England / Upstate New York accent, White reads with an appealing simplicity entirely appropriate for this humble tale of the cycle of life on a farm. Unlike some audio book versions in which actors employ many different voices, White’s deep voice does not change for the different characters. This is entirely fitting, as his lovely and poetic words need no theatricality to convey their power. Charmingly, you can also occasionally hear him turning the pages – it’s almost as if you are sitting at his knee as he shares his beautiful story about the cycle of seasons on the farm, and the cycles of life. This description of this classic book from The Annotated Charlotte’s Web says it all - “Charlotte’s Web, an American pastoral, is a hymn of praise, a glorious prose poem, a human and animal comedy in the old sense of the word “comedy,” meaning a yea-saying, a celebration of life – and it is one of the first children’s books to deal seriously, without sentimentality or condescension, with death.”

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer