This is a story about a brother and a sister.
It's a story about childhood and growing up, friendships and families, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a story about love in all its forms.
©2011 Sarah Winman (P)2011 Sarah Winman
"My first review"
I just had to write something about this audiobook, wonderfully happy, innocent, cheerful, yet tearful, strangly scary and totally all encompassing to listen to. I drive 70 miles each way 3 days a week (and very familiar with the M25) but I just couldn't wait to get back into the car to listen to this book which is read so wonderfully by the author, I was totally engrossed. I cried, I laughed and I gasped and then cried again (happy tears too!) I have a great passion for the 'bunny rabbit' so I was drawn purely by the title, however this book has so much diversity which delivers on so many levels and will give so much pleasure to anyone who reads it. Fabulous.
I fell in love with this book within the first thirty pages. I love a lot of books but there aren't many that I have been IN love with it. And so it went with When God Was s Rabbit, an adorable, slightly quirky story, about a girl called Elly and those she loves.?
I find it hard to separate the book from the audiobook in this instance. The audiobook was such a perfectly complete piece. Its read by the author, Sarah Winman, with great warmth and perfect nuance, already knowing her characters so well. She has a fantastic voice both as a writer and narrator. I loved the cheeky voices of the children. Adult narrators often over do the chirpy voice thing. ?
Though the children are such adorable characters you miss them when they've flown the coop, all too soon for my liking. Its hard not to be a bit dissapointed when you discover they've jumped to adulthood. I wanted to stay immersed in the wonderful world of childhood that bit longer. But such is life. Like it or not, Adulthood comes knocking and Sarah Winman does her best to hold on to the things we hold dear from our formative years.
Its all too ?easy for novelists to make BIG things happen in their books. Its too easy to give characters great luck, or bad luck, or greath health or wealth or disease, or fame or fortune. I often wince at the obvious plot devices, but?Sarah Winman hilariously turns that on it's head and does it all! ?You could retitle it to?When God Was A Novelist.
I absolutely loved this book, tears and laughter, such humanness and beauty in the characters, and the authors voice was perfect. It felt like a memoir and I wanted it to be, I wanted all the people in it to be real..........................
Really enjoyed listening to this book and have since recommended it to anyone who will listen.
Was very sad when it came to an end.
A very well put together story with twists and turns and a sprinkle of magic, following a young girls life with her family as she grows up and changes are made.
Best book I have listened to on Audible so far.
You are lulled into a safe and comfortable world and then SLAP. This is a story that makes you laugh and cry sometimes at the same time. Don't be put off by the title God is the name of the pet rabbit.
I listened to this only because a friend told me how fantastic it was and they were so right. Do not hesitate to download this title.
"When God was a rabbit"
This book took me right back to my school days and hot summers. Made me miss my brother. Had me in tears one minute and laughter the next. Great first book by the auther. Can't wait for the next.
The author has a wonderful voice and I'm so pleased she voiced 'When God was a Rabbit' - a beautiful listen and a beautiful book.
"Enjoyed every minute"
This book was the best I've heard in a long time. The narrator was excellent and really seemed to understand the emotions the author was expressing. I've now recommended this book to my family and friends.
"Simple and funny and sad and triumphant."
I purchased this on recommendation from a friend at work and set about listening not having a clue what to expect. Firstly, it was lovely to have the author narrating. I felt that because Sarah Winman herself did the reading, that the reader feels the true spirit of the book.
I loved this book for its simplicity, for its love, for its reality, for its fantasy. The time frame of it all was like a little trip down memory lane and I had a good giggle on more than a few occasions whilst listening. I also shed a few tears, there were some heavier topics covered in the book and the writer handled them beautifully. What a lovely surprise of a book and beautifully told story(s). 10/10
"A talking rabbit"
People in my book group loved this book so I may be in the minority but I thought it was disjointed and wrapped up too neatly at the end. There were some lovely observations about human nature and how we see things differently as children but overall I found this an unsatisfying book that moved from charming to moving to depressing to lightweight. Apologies if you thought it whimsical or full of brevity but this didn't work for me.
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