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  • By: Sarah Winman
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  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)
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When God Was a Rabbit

By: Sarah Winman
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Summary

Young Elly's world is shaped by those who inhabit it: her loving but maddeningly distractible parents; a best friend who smells of chips and knows exotic words like 'slag'; an ageing fop who tapdances his way into her home, a Shirley Bassey impersonator who trails close behind; lastly, of course, a rabbit called God. In a childhood peppered with moments both ordinary and extraordinary, Elly's one constant is her brother Joe.

Twenty years on, Elly and Joe are fully grown and as close as they ever were. Until, that is, one bright morning and a single earth-shattering event that threatens to destroy their bond for ever.

Spanning four decades and moving between suburban Essex, the wild coast of Cornwall and the streets of New York, this is a story about childhood, eccentricity, the darker side of love and sex, the pull and power of family ties, loss and life. More than anything, it's a story about love in all its forms.

©2011 Sarah Winman (P)2011 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic reviews

"Author/narrator Winman pulls listeners in with her beautiful prose and vivid descriptions.... Thoughtful, unexpectedly funny, and ultimately compelling." (AudioFile)

'Thronging with incident and wonder.' (The Guardian)

'Beguiling... You can't get the voice out of your head.' (Daily Mail)

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A journey of characters

How the journey of the characters wove to create the story. Especially loved the character portrayal of God The Rabbit!

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Moving story

I love when an author reads her own work as it feels like they embody each character so authentically. Fabulous and moving story on many levels and with some unexpected twists as well as a clear thread running throughout. One of those books you feel sorry to finish - I want to experience it all over again!

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Deep and unfolding storylines as always to immerse yourself in.

You can lose yourself in her stories and feel like you’re there witnessing them unfolding with emotion and connection to the characters.

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Loved it

A beautiful story of family (both blood and made), love and hope. It always worries me when I see a book is narrated by the author but Sarah Winman does a wonderful job. I believe in rabbits called God.

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Beautiful

I laughed and cried. Every emotion felt due to a wonderful story beautifully written and read.

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comfortable listening with calming narration

easy to pick up and our down, great to listen in evenings, some tough topics but characters you want to get to know

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Beautiful, wonderful book, with beautiful wonderful characters. I love everything about ‘When God Was a Rabbit’.

The narrator, storyline and characters are all so gorgeously well put together. Listening to this is like listening to my friend retelling me a favourite anecdote or tale.

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Life, love, loss, growth

Omg! So relatable yet this I'd never experienced, I HAD to listen to it... I cried, I laughed, I hid, you NEED this book..

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Loved this story

Loved this story. Still Life was wonderful and this is more melancholy but still wonderful characters you fall in love with. Just so refreshing to have such an original story and main players. Loved it

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Always enjoy her books & story telling

Really enjoy her story telling. Nicely observed across the ages of all her characters. Can be touch and go with actors reading books but as the author she’s brilliant at narrating and makes for a really engaging listen.

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