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Publisher's Summary

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" (New York Times).

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.

Narrated by Meryl Streep, featuring:

January LaVoy as Charlotte

Kirby Heyborne as Wilbur

MacLeod Andrews as Templeton

With additional performances by:

Mark Bramhall as Lurvy

Scott Brick as the Minister

Cassandra Campbell as Edith Zuckerman

Danny Campbell as Homer Zuckerman

Mark Deakins as Mr. Arable

Kimberly Farr as Mrs. Arable

Tavia Gilbert as the Goose

Dion Graham as the Gander

Almarie Guerra as Nellie

Johnny Heller as the Fair Announcer

Lincoln Hoppe as Avery

Raymond Lee as the Baby Spider

Robin Miles as the Old Sheep

Adenrele Ojo as Aranea

Ray Porter as Uncle the Pig

Emily Rankin as Fern

John Rubinstein as Dr. Dorian

Bahni Turpin as the Lamb

Julia Whelan as Joy

©1952, 1980 E. B. White (P)2019 Listening Library

What the critics say

"Meryl Streep and a stellar cast take us to the barnyard. She draws the listener in with a smooth, consistent delivery and unobtrusive interjections highlighting the emotions of the dialogue. Every portrayal of every character, major and minor, bursts with personality." (AudioFile Magazine)

"[Meryl Streep's] narration is sometimes warm and cozy, like a grandmother reading us to sleep, and other times as dry and witty as was the author himself.... The other performers are terrific, too. One standout: Robin Miles reads the part of the cranky Old Sheep, leavening the character’s dark vision of the pig’s fate with a generous pinch of mordant humor. Also, Tavia Gilbert, as the Goose, has to repeat every word she utters, over and over, at an impossibly rapid clip. January LaVoy as Charlotte is charming." (The New York Times Book Review)

What listeners say about Charlotte's Web

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Some pig.

I was fairly "meh" about this book when I was a kid. I recently heard that the audio version was a full-cast rendition with Meryl Streep doing the narrator's part, so I got it and listened to it. Still doesn't take me past "It was ok", but I did like the audio version, although it was apparent that Streep's narration was recorded separately and the other voices added later, which made some oddly jarring disconnects between the voices, as when the rat character says something in a fairly neutral tone, and Streep snarls, "said the *RAT*". Clearly neither actor knew how the other was interpreting that bit. I call that poor directing and/or poor editing.

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You can't go wrong!

Zero problem finishing this book with my 5 and 8 year old children. Meryl Streep's performance and the other cast we're absolutely fantastic and made the book a completely new experience for me. I highly recommend this audible book.

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Charlottes Web was a great memory with Meryl Streep reading to me

An old remembered book narrated by Meryl Streep is a captivating listening experience. The story comes alive through the audiobook with flowing narrative which kept me wanting to never put it down.

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  • 2021-11-18

Charming

I remember my 3rd grade teacher reading this to us. There is something I find very comforting about being read to. Listening to this audiobook narrated by Meryl Streep along with a full cast, reminded me of that experience as a child. The story is utterly charming. The descriptions of the farm throughout the year as the seasons change was beautifully depicted. I can see myself listening to this again every year.

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  • Cheuk Johnny Lau
  • 2021-09-19

Bravo performance

This audiobookis great. Bravo performance and the characters are believable.

The story is very sweet.it is lovely to see how their friendship grows, and it’s a reminder that all good friendships will eventually depart and go our own ways.

It’s best if you read this book with a childhood friend in mind. It’s happiness mixed with beautiful sorrow

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  • jen Hahn
  • 2020-12-14

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Charlotte is not in the whole story, Wilbur is in the whole story. You should read it because it is very good and calm. You can listen to it with headphones and it helps me sleep. I love this book so much! I love it so much that I want to listen to it over and over again. By A.E.H. age 6

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  • J. Wolf
  • 2020-11-11

Great fun

My five and six-year-old enjoyed this book very much. They said it was happy and then sad and then happy and then sad and finally... happy. :-)

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  • Jerry Cameron
  • 2022-01-22

Held the attention of my 6 and 4 year olds.

The first audio book for my children was a big hit. My 6 year old kept asking me to play it more and more.

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  • mreed
  • 2021-03-03

Loved the full cast!

I listened to this classic book with my two kids ages 10 and 13. It brought back a lot of memories from reading it as a child and it was fun to share it with my kids for their first time. This full cast version is very well done. We all loved it.

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  • Nancy S. Parker
  • 2021-01-22

Delightful!!

My grands go to sleep every night listening to Meryl's lovely voice and this completely enrapturing story. They love it and I love it!

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  • julie gmail
  • 2020-10-01

Classic story perfected by readers!

My children and I all thoroughly enjoyed our Charlotte’s Web book study. This audio version held the attention of my youngest and the oldest alike. Memories have been made and the audio version of this beautiful story enhanced every one of them ❤️

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  • Feistymom181
  • 2020-09-22

Wonderful Classic

Excellent narration. Charlotte's Web is a true classic. Book is head and shoulders above the animated film. It kept my 9 year old son, who has some difficulty sitting still and focusing, engaged and listening eagerly. I was also very happy to listen to it as well. The voice acting brought the story to life. Beautiful.

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  • Jillian
  • 2021-08-27

Perfect

This was perhaps the most perfect audio book I have ever listened to. The narration was excellent and the full cast really brought the story to life. My kids absolutely loved it, and I did too!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-22

c"est un livre extraordinaire de 6 à 100 ans

c est un livre extraordinaire sur la vie et le casting de lecture est exceptionnel !