Rabbit Quartet

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 159 ratings

Rabbit, Run Summary

It's 1959, and Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, one-time high school sports superstar, is going nowhere. At twenty-six he is trapped in a second-rate existence - stuck with a fragile, alcoholic wife, a house full of overflowing ashtrays and discarded glasses, a young son and a futile job.

With no way to fix things, he resolves to flee from his family and his home in Pennsylvania, beginning a thousand-mile journey that he hopes will free him from his mediocre life. Because, as he knows only too well, 'after you've been first-rate at something, no matter what, it kind of takes the kick out of being second-rate'.

John Updike (1932-2009) was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year at Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of staff at The New Yorker.

Updike was the author of 21 novels as well as numerous collections of short stories, poems and criticism and is one of only three authors to win more than one Pulitzer Prize. His most famous works are the Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom series: Rabbit, Run (1960), Rabbit Redux (1971), Rabbit Is Rich (1981) and Rabbit at Rest (1990).

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  • Book 1

    • Rabbit, Run

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 67

    It's 1959, and Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, one-time high school sports superstar, is going nowhere. At twenty-six he is trapped in a second-rate existence - stuck with a fragile, alcoholic wife, a house full of overflowing ashtrays and discarded glasses, a young son and a futile job. With no way to fix things, he resolves to flee from his family and his home in Pennsylvania, beginning a thousand-mile journey that he hopes will free him from his mediocre life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • "Glory Days"

    • By DT on 24-10-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 2

    • Rabbit Redux

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    It's 1969, and the times are changing. America is about to land a man on the moon, the Vietnamese war is in full swing, and racial tension is on the rise. Things just aren't as simple as they used to be - at least not for Rabbit Angstrom. His wife has left him with his teenage son, his job is under threat and his mother is dying. Suddenly, into his confused life - and home - comes Jill, an 18-year-old runaway who becomes his lover.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An Audio Masterclass

    • By Mrs. Terrie Rintoul on 27-09-18

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 3

    • Rabbit Is Rich

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 28

    It's 1979, and Rabbit is no longer running. He's walking and beginning to get out of breath. That's okay, though - it gives him the chance to enjoy the wealth that comes with middle age. It's all in place: he's chief sales representative and co-owner of Springer motors; his wife, at home or in the club, is keeping trim; he wears good suits; and the cash is pouring in. So why is it that he finds it so hard to accept the way that things have turned out?

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 4

    • Rabbit at Rest

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 26

    It's 1989, and Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom is far from restful. Harry is 56 and overweight, and he has a struggling business on his hands and a heart that is starting to fail. His family, too, are giving him cause for concern. His son, Nelson, is a wreck of a man, a cocaine addict with shattered self-respect. Janice, his wife, has decided that she wants to be a working girl. And as for Pru, his daughter-in-law, she seems to be sending out signals to Rabbit that he knows he should ignore but somehow can't.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another chapter: another masterpiece

    • By Amazon Customer on 26-01-17

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 4.5

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