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Publisher's Summary

A remarkably bold and inspiring story of crime, motherhood, and redemption - not since Cupcake Brown's A Piece of Cake has there been a memoir this unforgettable.

You want to know about the struggle of growing up poor, black, and female? Ask any girl from any 'hood. You want to know what it takes to rise above your circumstances when all the cards are stacked against you? Ask me.

Comedian Patricia Williams, who, for years, went by her street name, Rabbit, was born and raised in Atlanta's most troubled neighborhood at the height of the crack epidemic.

One of five children, Pat watched as her alcoholic mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At 12, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior; by 13, she was pregnant. By 15, Pat was a mother of two.

Alone at 16, Pat was determined to make a better life for her children. But with no job skills and an eighth-grade education, her options were limited. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive.

Rabbit is an unflinching memoir of cinematic scope and unexpected humor that offers a rare glimpse into the harrowing reality of life on America's margins - a powerful true story of resilience, determination, and the transformative power of love.

©2017 Patricia Williams and Jeannine Amber (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Amazing story but dry reading

I have listened to several books by comedians, and loved them better than reading because the comedian would add flavor and rhythm. I was looking forward to hearing her read the book in the animated and laughing way she talks live. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. She read it very dry and monotone. Never broke away once from the script to add anything. No laughter. Adam Carrolas “In 50 years we will all be chicks” is what I am comparing this too. Overall the story was entertaining and I found myself trying to listen at any opportunity.

55 of 62 people found this review helpful

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  • Lindsay
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 12-05-17

Fascinating story, narration was a bit rough...

What did you love best about Rabbit?

What I love best about Rabbi is her resilience and tenacity and her honesty. Nothing could keep her down and even when she was down, she never let herself stay down.

What did you like best about this story?

What I loved best about the story was her honesty. She's lived a hard life but it's made her who she is today and instead of trying to hide it and feeling ashamed of it, she is honest with the reader. She's experienced things in her life that most people never would imagine having to handle and she kept her head up the whole time.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was where I struggled a bit. While it was a bit hard to listen to her at times because you can tell she is reading off the page, but, I think it was important to have her narrate it and to hear it in her own words. Having someone else narrate it just wouldn't have done her story justice. So while the narration was a bit rough, it was perfect for her story.

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

While I didn't have any extreme reactions, I did realize that I was making faces while I listened.

Any additional comments?

Great story, even if the narration is a little rough.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

This book kept my attention all the way through. Very inspiring and very thought provoking. Love it
# Everybody got a struggle No body make it through this life easy

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AMAZING!!!!

Any additional comments?

This was the realist book I've listened to so far!!!!
Thank you Ms.Pat for sharing your story!!!

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • EN
  • 11-07-17

Respect

Fantastic story, real and not the least bit pretentious (unlike the other recent release by another female comic). Rabbit is a moving recounting of a turbulent upbringing, and how her love of family and the love of her partner gave Ms. Pat peace and helped her realize her dream in more ways than one. This book is masterfully narrated, and is one I️ will keep in my arsenal for continued inspiration.

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Skeptical at first...glad I purchased it

I was a little skeptical about getting this. This was someone whom I never heard of yet it showed up on my list as an option. After listening to the trailer, I decided to purchase this. I’m glad I did. This captured me from the beginning and left me wanting more. I congratulate Rabbit for overcoming the hard obstacles in her life to achieve success. And to her angel Michael...what a wonderful black man he is!!!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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a beautiful honest story.

I literally cried during the entire last chapter. So sad that it's over. Me Pat's narration was honest and fresh. Her side splitting humor is only tempered by the weight of her story. This is a must read, it will take your emotions for the best ride ever.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Michi
  • Detroit, MI
  • 10-23-17

great audio

loved it. couldn't stop listening. cried and laughed out loud. shows you can do anything if you can dream.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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So so so good!!!

I laughed, I cried, then laughed some more.... I admire Ms. Pat a great deal, what an amazing story.

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Couldn't get past the narration

If you are an author, but aren't a trained actor, please don't narrate your own work. I was really excited about this story, but the amateur narration made it unlistenable.

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