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Rabbit, Run Audiobook

Rabbit, Run

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Publisher's Summary

Harry Angstrom was a star basketball player in high school and that was the best time of his life. Now in his mid-20s, his work is unfulfilling, his marriage is moribund, and he tries to find happiness with another woman.

But happiness is more elusive than a medal, and Harry must continue to run - from his wife, his life, and from himself, until he reaches the end of the road and has to turn back....

©1996 John Updike; (P)2008 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant and poignant...By his compassion, clarity of insight and crystal-bright prose, he makes Rabbit's sorrow his and our own." (The Washington Post)

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    Randall Humble, TX, United States 10-13-10
    Randall Humble, TX, United States 10-13-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Well-written but boring and depressing"

    As previous reviewers have mentioned, this is very well-written. The language used is incredibly descriptive and artistic. Unfortunately, for me, that is the book's only virtue. Everything in this novel seems negative or depressing. Nobody is happy, nothing is pretty, everything is very dark. Yeah, life may be like that, but I certainly don't find it entertaining to "read" about it!

    Additionally, the plot is rather anticlimactic. I kept listening because I thought something interesting was going to happen, but it just never did. This may be fine for some people, but I found myself nodding off while I was listening to most of the story. This may be due in part to the narrator, who did a decent job but seemed to whine more than anything else. This can make or break an audiobook for me and, unfortunately, it broke it here.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 02-16-09
    Judith 02-16-09 Member Since 2009

    I'm a self-employed woman who enjoys historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, political and law fiction, and self-development. I enjoy an intellectual challenge. I'm married for 25 years and have a daughter in college.

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    "Not for the depressed"

    Wonderful descriptive narrative, a look into the soul of a man leaving his son and family and justifying it. I didn't finish it yet, but I will, I can recognize good literature, which this is, but right now, I just can't stomach it's subject.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 04-03-09
    Eric 04-03-09 Member Since 2005

    Middlemarch, Middlesex, Middlebrow

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    ""...press two to hear the next chapter""

    The monotonous, uninflected, seemingly uncomprehending, reading doesn't ruin the sublime writing, but comes too close.

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    Michael Burke Marietta, GA USA 06-05-17
    Michael Burke Marietta, GA USA 06-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant Americana"

    Poorly narrated but a masterpiece nonetheless. Rabbit is the young, spoiled USA, full of vitality but lacking self-criticism, that is about to be launched on a wild ride through history. The series includes several of the best American novels ever.

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    Albert Ackil 04-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth reading to the end!"

    Very tough book to handle. The descriptions are too rich and flowery. But there is much symbolism there. Such characters!!

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    Jonathan 10-31-16
    Jonathan 10-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Chilling. Dark. Fascinating."

    Don't let the seemingly banal subject matter fool you: This is a dark book. More noir than period piece fiction, this is a raw and honest look at how selfishness and unchecked ego can run roughshod over the lives around someone.

    Spectacular book. Feels as poignant now as it did when it was written. Maybe even more so.

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    MermaidMorrigan 10-23-16 Member Since 2015

    Art quilter and dulcimerist living her dream!

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    "Classic story"

    Rabbit, while being one of my most-hated characters of all time, is a character that sheds lights on the motivation of the American male population. I have known many "Rabbits," and they turn my stomach, and yet, the counselor in me craves more, the sequel to this story, to understand even more fully. the narrative mispronounces "Lancaster, " but I forgive him, as he is obviously not a Pennsylvania native.

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    LaVaMomma 07-30-16
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    "Great Read."

    This book is great for anyone who loves real and relatable stories. I know Updike often incorporated his own life events into his work. Rabbit, Run is about running from life and the stressful times of trying to be an adult in your 20's when you don't have it figured out yet. Unfortunately for Rabbit he experiences more than most by 26. Even 50+ years later this is worth a read/listen.

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    Gwen McRae Los Angeles, CA 90232 07-10-16
    Gwen McRae Los Angeles, CA 90232 07-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fairly depressing with unredeamable main character"

    The book was densely descriptive and no doubt masterfully written, but the lead character is unredeamable and depressing so reading it felt like a chore.

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    David 05-22-16
    David 05-22-16 Member Since 2016

    A reader who loves mid-century literature and inventive fiction.

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    "A Mid-Century Mad Man"
    If you could sum up Rabbit, Run in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising. Frustrating. Redemptive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rabbit, Run?

    I don't want to give away a major plot point of the book, but as Janice's mental state starts to disintegrate near the end of the book, I found this to be a major turning point in the story. For the first half of the book, one can't help but feel this is simply a story about a man going through a quarter-life crisis. The reader sympathizes with Rabbit yet cannot help but be frustrated by his irresponsibility. After Janice's mental decline, the story took a darker, deeper, more satisfying turn than I dared hope for.


    What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I read the book before and found Updike's prose to be beautiful but frustrating. He rambles on about everything, and it killed the pacing of the book for me. However, Arthur Morey's narration is wonderful, and the pacing issues are largely eliminated when hearing the book read aloud instead of reading it silently by oneself. Highly recommended.


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

    While I did not laugh or cry, the book does have emotional moments toward the end. It's painful and heartbreaking yet still redemptive. While I know there are other books in the series, I am going to hold off on reading them - if I ever do. Rabbit, Run is such a strong book - and a largely forgotten mid-century classic - I feel it should be appreciated on its own instead of merely as part of the larger tetralogy.


    Any additional comments?

    While many folks have HEARD of this book, I doubt many have read the story. It is a mid-century classic at risk of being largely forgotten. If you love mid-century literature, as I do, read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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