Rabbit Cake

Narrated by: Katie Schorr
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (221 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fans of Maria Semple's Where'd You Go Bernadette and and Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You will delight in Annie Hartnett's debut, Rabbit Cake, a darkly comic novel about a young girl named Elvis trying to figure out her place in a world without her mother.

Twelve-year-old Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly 18 months. But there are things Elvis doesn't yet know - like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother's silk bathrobe around the house.

Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother's death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after loss.

©2017 Annie Hartnett (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Awful

If you find social taboos funny then this book is for you, open marriage, child viewing sex acts, mental illness, suicide, etc. Me, I wish I could have my wasted time back.

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Wanted to love it...

The story was okay. Had it not been for the reader, I doubt I would have finished it. The older sister was annoying and I didn't have any sympathy for her. Not awful, but not great.

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How to grieve

A tough book but a good one. My mother is still alive but this still hit very close. I always want answers and to know why. This book forces you to accept what you can't know. It's quirky but not really funny. Great character study.

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Rabbit Cake- makes me want Cake , rabbit Cake that is

I this book just appeared on amazon in the books sections. I was gonna read another book but for some reason rabbit Cake got my eye and I was ummm rabbit so I sample and when I heard the author mention Elvis and so many Elvis references I had to get it. Huge Elvis fan & I love the fact the girl is name Elvis..

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Not a Fan

This is a convoluted story about a dysfunctional family. I cannot recommend it. I did not like any of it. I did not even like any of the characters! I would not read this book!!!!!!

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I'd read the story before and fallen in love with the twists and turns of Elvis learning to live without her mom but listening to this audio book was way better. The reader sounds how I would imagine Elvis to sound and helps me to remember all throughout the book that it really is a little girl coping with death.

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Haunting

This is one of those rare books that is so beautifully written that parts of it come back to haunt you unexpectedly. I'm looking forward to reading more from its author.

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I loved this book. it was touching and funny.

This book is able to tackle death in both a personal and universal way. The book is funny and thoughtful. i highly reccomend it if you like quirky characters. It is intelligent without being heavy handed or overbearing.

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Painful Read!

Somehow this book wS recommended based on past books read and it was absolute torture. I loved Elvis but every other character was unlikable to awful until the very end The narrator was fantastic and made me hang in there to see if Elvis would be ok But what a painful experience!!

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Quirky family

What a fun quirky family! A sad story told with dry humor. Heart warming in an odd way. Great ending!