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The Constant Rabbit

Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

England, 2020. 

There are 1.2 million human-sized rabbits living in the UK. 

They can walk, talk and drive cars, the result of an Inexplicable Anthropomorphising Event 55 years ago. 

And a family of rabbits is about to move into Much Hemlock, a cosy little village where life revolves around summer fetes, jam-making, gossipy corner stores and the oh-so-important Best Kept Village awards.

No sooner have the rabbits arrived than the villagers decide they must depart. But Mrs Constance Rabbit is made of sterner stuff and her family are behind her. Unusually, so are their neighbours, long-time residents Peter Knox and his daughter Pippa, who soon find that you can be a friend to rabbits or humans, but not both.

With a blossoming romance, acute cultural differences, enforced rehoming to a MegaWarren in Wales and the full power of the ruling United Kingdom Anti Rabbit Party against them, Peter and Pippa are about to question everything they'd ever thought about their friends, their nation and their species.

It'll take a rabbit to teach a human humanity....

©2020 Jasper Fforde (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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My favourite book of 2020

I absolutely loved this, perfect blend of absurd and surreal with moments of absolute believability.
The narration was excellent, really well done.
The story itself was an absolute delight, so many highlights, I won't forget this one for a long while.
It's well worth a credit and even if it doesn't sound like your usual type of book, it's definitely worth taking a risk on.
*I'd tried another Jasper Fforde book before, one of the Thursday books, I really didn't get on with it so I dismissed all his other work until this one got me with the unusual synopsis and the very first review that was put up, I'm now going to go back and try some of his others hoping it'll be as good as this*
The first review said it was like Animal farm.....I was intrigued.

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Wonderful as ever

Entertaining, informative, funny and gentle - a thoroughly great listen, with some good guffawing moments x

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Fantastic

Loved the narrator and the story was original and ace! Thank you so much xxxx

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sublimely brilliant

I love everything that Jasper Fforde has written and I couldn't wait to hear this new one. I was not disappointed. It was as satirical as always but the topic chosen this time could not have been anymore relevant.

The only strange thing was having Adam from the Archers reading to me. it took a while to get used to but he was very good.

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The best Fforde novel

I absolutely loved The Constant Rabbit. Stellar story matched with excellent narration by Andrew Wincott. I don’t know how Jasper Fforde comes up with such genius notions and delivers them with great wit, smarts and tenderness but I am thankful he does.

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Charming Story Touching and Full of Twists

I loved this book so much that I was sad to finish it and have to leave that world. It defys categorisation - it is a social commentary on racism and middle class England, a comedy, fantasy, speculative and a sort of political fairy tail.

The world building has given me many ideas to consider and the the story is full of unexpected twists.

The narrator was skilled at doing all the different accents. I could picture the main character in my head as I listened.

The first chapter has a different tone from the rest so bare through the first 10 mins and you will be hooked.

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another brilliant story of country folk

Jasper ha again set and met his narrative dare with a story that picks at the fabric of modern Britain through the eyes of rabbits.

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Amazing commentary on our world today

The story is captivating, the characters imaginative and the message is strong. This book is an instant classic and should be read by everyone.

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genius

such a clever story. as ever Jasper Fforde knocks it out of the park. so well written and the performance is spot on

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Good, but not his best

Firstly Andrew Wincott was easy on the ear for the best part, took a while to get used to his female character voices but all in all was very listenable.
The story itself has a relatability to today's society and makes you laugh with one line quips like only Jasper Fforde can. A little lacking in substance overall, but maybe that's because it is my first audiobook?