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The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes Audiobook

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes

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Publisher's Summary

Rabbit Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the extraordinary people in it. She loves her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colourful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye. But it turns out the world has other plans for Rabbit, and she's OK with that. Because she has plans for the world too, and only a handful of days left to make them happen.

©2014 Anna McPartlin (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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"What a beautiful book. I cried and smiled my way through" Jane Green

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  • Lauren
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    1/30/15
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    "What a fab story"

    A difficult subject matter, but what a fab read. I laughed and cried in equal measure, everybody will be able to relate to this book on some level, I did.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    3/20/15
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    "superb"
    What did you like most about The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes?

    took a difficult subject and created a beautiful story


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way the book was constructed


    What about Caroline Lennon’s performance did you like?

    her range of voices


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    made me sad at the end but in appositive way


    Any additional comments?

    Heard Simon Mayo interview with Anna.After a chapter of thinking will I like this getting to know the characters it just got better and better.The final scene which I am sure you can imagine was very cleverly written

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joss
    5/24/15
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    "A little too 'nice' for a dying of cancer novel"
    Any additional comments?

    First - the worst thing about this book is its ending which is sickly as a kitten playing with candy floss. Twee, twee, twee and utterly irritating.

    The rest of it was 'okish' but I did wonder why the authors main knowledge of cancer seemed to be 'breakthough pain' which becomes a kind of mantra as Rabbit moves towards her inevitable end.

    Me, I don't think I'd cope with dying young as well as Rabbit seems to be and I would have liked more of the darkness that surely would infiltrate her interior world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LMac
    5/13/15
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    "For fans of Mrs Brown's Boys only"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book had so much potential. Who doesn't want to have their heart wrenched by the tale of a plucky dying woman and her broken-hearted family who managed to retain their earthy sense of humours with the struggles of trying to come to terms with the loss of their much loved daughter, sister and mother? I cried during the opening paragraphs and was sure that I would love this book. But oh dear, this wore thin pretty quickly as the characters in the book reverted to caricatures and the story line descended into mawkish, saccharine sentimentality, albeit punctuated with some truly fabulous swearing. The prose was clunky and dull, with lots of non-events described in tedious detail and rambling dialogue which just went nowhere. The family members, apart from our doomed heroine, were just too colourful (and I'm not referencing their swearing) to be real. I only stuck with the book because I had a mild curiosity as to what would happen to Rabbit's daughter after her demise. The closing paragraphs made me cry in the same way that the opening ones did. They were raw and felt real but everything in between caused a sensation of my brain cells dying with each exaggerated example of these 'salt of the earth' characters.


    What could Anna McPartlin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If the author could have reined in the mawkishness and cut out a lot of the unnecessary sentimentality and perhaps lost some of the unnecessary characters, then this would have been a less annoying book. e.g. The addition of the lesbian characters felt like a nod to political correctness and added nothing to the story apart from an obvious attempt by the author to show how fabulous and accepting the family members were.


    What aspect of Caroline Lennon’s performance might you have changed?

    The book was performed well with changes in the tones of voice depending on who was speaking and the performer did try to inject as much humour and pathos as possible into the reading.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes?

    I would have slimmed down the story and the characters. I would have focussed mainly on taking out the dialogue which contributed nothing to the storyline and were just irritaing, such as paragraphs about passing around a plate of biscuits etc. I would have cut out a few of the characters entirely and also reigned in the over the top speeches and behaviour, particularly of Molly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lyra
    uk
    5/3/15
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    "Reality of life"

    This book is based very much on family life and how they may deal with all kinds of life situations throughout the generations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    United Kingdom
    4/29/16
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    "Beautifully written, full of real people"

    Anna McPartlin portrays captivating characters who deal with past memories, present grief and real love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia Grundy
    Ossett, West Yorkshire, UK
    4/13/16
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    "Great narration, good story"

    As the title suggests, the story is quite grim. There is a lot of humour thrown in to diffuse the sadness of it all and a big cast of likeable characters. Although I did find some of them to be a little stereotypical, just not enough to really bother me.
    It was a good enough book and I'm glad I spent my time with it. But I'm definitely not with the overwhelming majority in thinking it's amazing.
    Excellent narration though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • amc
    11/27/15
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    "Beautiful"

    I laughed and I cried. and much like Rabbits family, I didn't want it to end. this may be fiction but the descriptions of a happy life and a peaceful death are very real indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah Pike
    8/1/15
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    "Fictional real-life"

    I loved this book, made me laugh out loud and cry uncontrollably - all while getting strange looks from passers by! Loved all the characters and seeing things from the different perspectives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    7/21/15
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    "Brilliant book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rabbit Hayes was facinating experiencing a situation many of us could find ourselves in


    What does Caroline Lennon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    It was beautifully performed in character


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the conversations between Rabbit and Bunny were especially poignant


    Any additional comments?

    A beautiful story performed compassionately

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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