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The Rabbit Girls

By: Anna Ellory
Narrated by: Gemma Arterton,Simon Callow
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A note to our listeners

Once the Audible team had read Anna Ellory’s debut novel The Rabbit Girls there was no question that this was a story we wanted to share with members. Dramatic, heart-breaking and beautifully written; the power of the story has only been heightened by Gemma Arterton and Simon Callow’s astounding narration.

We follow Miriam in a dual narrative as she learns more about the 'Frieda' her father calls out for and her parents' war-time love story, alongside the pain and terror Miriam herself faces daily at the hands of her abusive husband. Entwined in the sadness of both stories are glimmers of hope, sisterly solidarity and friendship.

Summary

Audible UK's Debut of the Year 2019

Berlin, 1989. As the wall between East and West falls, Miriam Winter cares for her dying father, Henryk. When he cries out for someone named Frieda - and Miriam discovers an Auschwitz tattoo hidden under his watch strap - Henryk’s secret history begins to unravel.  

Searching for more clues of her father’s past, Miriam finds an inmate uniform from the Ravensbrück women’s camp concealed among her mother’s things. Within its seams are dozens of letters to Henryk written by Frieda. The letters reveal the disturbing truth about the ‘Rabbit Girls’, young women experimented on at the camp. And amid their tales of sacrifice and endurance, Miriam pieces together a love story that has been hidden away in Henryk’s heart for almost 50 years.  

Inspired by these extraordinary women, Miriam strives to break through the walls she has built around herself. Because even in the darkest of times, hope can survive.

©2019 Anna Ellory (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Fantastic

I rarely love a book so much that i take the time to review it. I listen to so many, quite a lot I barely get through a few chapters and stop. This book is gripping, raw, sad, courageous, lovely, hard to listen to and happy all at once. I found myself quite literally sat on the edge of my chair mouth open. Silently willing her to just get on and read the next letter!!! I loved how it wasnt a typical ending. Just as you thought you lnew which way it was going, it changed and took you somewhere else. I finished the book feeling I had learnt about suffering more than any other book of the genre. Some things made me so sad i cant ever fully understand the greif that they must have felt. Thank you to the Author for writing such a great book. I cant wait to hear your next one.

If youre on the fence about this book, its that good i would have paid full price for it (rather than a credit).... and thats something I NEVER do. Fantastic

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Phenomenal

First quarter builds layer upon layer not quite knowing which way you are being taken as both characters take you on their personal, tragic and brave journeys. Simon Callow gave Henryk life even as he faced death and recounting his experiences during those horrific times.

Gemma Arterton follows suit as the letters and the living memories jump out and drag you back to share in Frieda's experiences.

I cannot believe that this is Anna Ellorys first Novel, genius in its darkness, honesty, and bravery. love can survive the darkest of times indeed.

Fantastic work!

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Terrible. Unremittingly depressing.

I kept stopping through this book, it was just too arduous to go on. Then I thought it might get better, but it doesn’t. There is not a chink of happiness anywhere, not even to throw the threads of the depressing stories into relief. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to read this harrowing stuff.

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A work of harrowing brilliance.

I have just finished this book and feel bereft and yet relieved to have done so. I feel bereft of the characters and their stories that were so absorbing and inspiring and relieved because the content of the stories were so harrowing at times I could hardly bear to go on and hear more. Knowing that this story had obviously been well researched so that although the characters were fictitious the historical events of the concentration camps were not, made it all the more compelling....I felt a duty to the memory of the women represented here to carry on listening to the very end.
I also had to listen to the end knowing, or hoping at least, that some justice would be done. Not, tragically in the events of the holocaust but with the more present day situation of the character Miriam and her abusive controlling husband. I willed her on to the end, holding my breath and longing for her to take charge of her life. I also longed for her to be heard and understood rather than being judged by other men and her husband's lies believed.
I discovered at the end, in the interviews with the Author and narrators, that this is Anna Ellory's first book!....I am in awe of her and if I ever met her I would tell her that this is MASTERPIECE of LITERATURE and should become one of the most important books in libraries across the World. It reaches to all levels from teens to elderly and if it was made into a film I would not hesitate to see it but with a huge box of tissues and no chocolates!!

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Very good but Simon Callow hard to hear

I love Simon Callow but he is so hard to hear in this. You have to turn the volume up and down when it switches from Gemma to Simon and vice versa.

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Good story somewhat spoiled by the narration

I listen to audible books in bed and have the sound turned down low. Gemma is very clear but Simon’s volume can be very low and he sometimes mumbles. This spoiled my enjoyment of the book. If you listen whilst driving and can turn the volume up this will not be a problem.

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Stunning. Bleak, hopeful and beautifully written and read

This gem of a book tackles the toughest subjects, but with dignity, resilience, and hope. The writing is extraordinary and the performances outstanding.

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Loved every word

I loved the descriptive narration the way the narrator bought the book to life. I wish I was only just starting this excellent audio book.

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Stunning

What an incredible novel. Utterly gripping, beautifully crafted, wonderful descriptions. Not a wasted word. Brilliantly narrated. Terrific female characters and relationships. Harrowing. Highly recommend.

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bleak but totally brilliant

I always avoid books about the holocaust,but this one grabbed me. It is so bleak and sad,especially the chapters in the concentration camps.I was appalled with the domestic violence scenes but was relieved as Miriam became stronger.A gripping read

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