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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,610 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Updike Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rabbit Novels Release Date:
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Rabbit, Run is the book that established John Updike as one of the major American novelists of his—or any other—generation. Its hero is Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a onetime high-school basketball star who on an impulse deserts his wife and son. He is twenty-six years old, a man-child caught in a struggle between instinct and thought, self and society, sexual gratification and family duty—even, in a sense, human hard-heartedness and divine Grace. Though his flight from home traces a zigzag of evasion, he holds to the faith that he is on the right path, an invisible line toward his own salvation as straight as a ruler’s edge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant and poignant . . . By his compassion, clarity of insight, and crystal-bright prose, [John Updike] makes Rabbit’s sorrow his and our own. The Washington Post

  • The power of the novel comes from a sense, not absolutely unworthy of Thomas Hardy, that the universe hangs over our fates like a great sullen hopeless sky. There is real pain in the book, and a touch of awe. Norman Mailer, Esquire
  • A lacerating story of loss and of seeking, written in prose that is charged with emotion but is always held under impeccable control. Kansas City Star

  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jane | 2/9/2014

    " we all read them one at a time...............back to back an amzing experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steven | 2/9/2014

    " Rabbit, Run was a very good book in my opinion. I really liked the fact that Rabbit Armstrong, the main character, is believable in all the situations that go on in his life. There are some aspects of the book that are a little bit confusing, but not enough to prevent you from reading the book. A good example of this would be the beginning when Rabbit starts driving his car and rather then pick up his son when he sees how much fun he is having at his parents house and how much more of a family it looks like, he starts driving down towards the South. It's confusing because his motives aren't very practical, but when he returns to visit his coach and have lunch with a couple of girls and his old coach, the situation comes back to reality and the confusion of the driving scene disappears. If I had to interpret the scene I would say that it is mostly about Rabbit trying to run away from his problems at home with his good for nothing wife and seeing if he can live a new life without any prior attachments. Overall, this book is a mix of happy and sad moments for Rabbit and I definitely recommend reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Harrison | 2/7/2014

    " My attitude towards this book is in the midst of a serious case of mental revisionism: as I read it wasn't like I was particularly captivated by the novel. I liked Updike's punchy prose, but the characters struck me as flat, and it didn't seem like their actions were rooted in any sort of logic (i.e., I would never have been able to guess how a character would act or think). That said, there are a few moments in this book that are incredibly strong: a few chapters take a first-person stream-of-consciousness viewpoint of a main character, and those chapters are brilliant. One in particular comes at the book's climax, capturing the mind of Rabbit's wife as she goes on a depressed bender while she is supposed to look after her newborn child. It is a haunting self-destruction that is one of the best-written moments of prose I have ever read. Thus, the book was well worth reading just for those moments, even if it wasn't particularly interesting to me overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth Spinelli | 1/31/2014

    " Good book. It is not the page-turner that Roth's early books are nor can it compare to Updike's mind-blowing last book in the Rabbit series. Nevertheless it is an important piece of literature for its time and it debuncts the myth that of the perfect family that supposedly existed during the early 1960s. "

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