Audio Book Review – Charlotte’s Web

Title: Charlotte’s Web

Author: E.B. White

Genre: Children’s Classic

Goodreads Rating: 4.17

My Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Source: Audio book

Synopsis:

Brought to life by Meryl Streep and a full cast, this beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children’s literature that is “just about perfect.”*

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spider web tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.

E. B. White’s Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Includes an appreciation written and read by Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet, the cover artist of this edition and author/illustrator of Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White.

My Review:

Can you believe it has taken me till this age to read this classic? When this popped up on Borrow Box as an audio book I wanted to give it a try and I liked that it had a full cast instead of just one voice.

The introduction by Melissa Sweet was very informative and I felt that it helped me understand the story better and the reasons why E.B White had written it. I never realised how much research he had put into spider’s and it made me admire his work even more.

The story itself was a delight to listen to and the unlikely friendship between Charlotte and Wilbur was touching. I found the rat and the sheep were the most entertaining characters and I loved all the voices that went along with the different animals. The only voice I found hard to listen to was Meryl Streepe’s, it was almost to soft so had she been reading the entire book I probably would of nodded off at times.

I knew that the ending was going to be sad but I thought the story was going to plan out differently. Nevertheless by the end I had the lump in my throat and it made me want to squeeze my animals that little bit tighter. The simplicity and tender message behind this story is one that is still relevant today and has proven to be enjoyed by many generations.

I have now completed three of my main prompts and two of the bonus ones from the Coffee readathon. I am hoping to add this to the Dare to Dreamathon under the advance prompt of the Fox and the Hound but I need to finish my remaining two team prompts first. Wish me luck!

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