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Publisher's Summary

The Velveteen Rabbit is a children's novel that chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner. The Velveteen Rabbit has been awarded the IRA/CBC Children's Choice award. This version is published in the Audible Enhanced Audiobook format and includes original illustrations by William Nicholson synchronized with the narration.

Public Domain (P)2010 Alpha DVD LLC

Critic Reviews

"This sentimental classic - perfect for any child who's ever thought that maybe, just maybe, his or her toys have feelings - has been charming children since its first publication in 1922. A great read-aloud for all ages." (Amazon.com review)

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slightly rushed narration

With playback slowed to 90%, quite nice and a good pace for kids. No other complaints.

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Nighttime Story

Loved it! It was just right for a sleepy time book for my grand daughter.

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Best soothing bedtime story! We love the speaker and the story is lovely!!

My daughter and I listen to this story every night as we cuddle in her bed so she can fall asleep. The woman who reads this book does such an amazing job. She’s absolutely perfect for it. No one else compares. Love it!!!

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  • S. A.
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 02-10-18

Moving story. Narrator didn't quite do it justice.

I adore this sweet, impactful, wise story. This narrator read quite quickly, which I usually prefer, but in this case I felt that she was rushing a bit too much, to the detriment of the tale. She also kept a very light tone throughout, but this story is bittersweet and should, I think, be read with a bit of sensitivity to that.

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Love it still

Hadn't read this story for years and was intrigued about how I would find it being read to me.
Loved it and enjoyed the narrator.
Such a wonderful story when life seems just too "adult".

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Reads well but quickly

The reader does a great job with the voices and everything, but she reads FAST. Most children's books have longer pauses. My 4-year-old son adores audiobooks, and he loved this one too, but he missed a lot of it because of the speed. "Wait, what was that she was saying about a horse?"

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Transported Back to Childhood

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! This is a great book and the performance, while not the same as the old cassette tape that came with the book in the 80's, is pretty close. I was transported back to my childhood listening to this

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Velveteen Rabbit?

When the boy calls the rabbit real. It was everything the rabbit had wanted and it showed how much the boy truly loved his rabbit.

What does Gale Van Cott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Honestly, nothing. Listening to the book was something I remembered doing as a child. I used to borrow the book/cassette from the library all the time. It was just something I remembered doing and I bought the audiobook to relive that memory. While the narration wasn't at all bad, I miss the narration from that old cassette tape.

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

When the rabbit became real-real. His joy at being able to jump and bound around always makes me smile.

Any additional comments?

This is a childhood favorite and having a audio version just tickles me.

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Story brings back memories...

If you could sum up The Velveteen Rabbit in three words, what would they be?

Memories, love, imagination

Who was your favorite character and why?

The little bunny, of course! Everyone, children, adults, and even stuffed animals, want to be loved.

What about Gale Van Cott’s performance did you like?

She brought the story to life, as if I were reading it.

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

The little bunny atop the garbage pile to be burned. He was battered and alone and almost destroyed. Tea- jerker time! How many of us loved our toys as kids and then grew up, the toys forgotten? I still remember mine, and they were real to me.

Any additional comments?

Good story for all ages.

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Wonderfully performed!

Where does The Velveteen Rabbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my first experience with an audio book from Audible.com, and I must say- this was a delight!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Velveteen Rabbit?

I loved the whole story, the best part has to be when he is conversing with the Skin Horse about what it means to "Be Real"

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

Every time I read or listen to this book it makes me cry like a baby :)

Any additional comments?

*Thumbs up*

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  • Iris
  • 11-19-13

High Speed Dubbing!

Would you try another book written by Margery Williams or narrated by Gale Van Cott?

The Velveteen Rabbit is a beautiful classic, sadly not done justice by the narrator.

I would have preferred a slow and soothing voice and unfortunately Gale Van Cott's style came across rushed and lacking effective pauses and rise and fall of tone.

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