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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (531 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Brown Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781440799693
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In an ambitious narrative structure reminiscent of Robert Altman’s classic film Nashville, Larry Brown weaves together the stories of a sprawling cast of eccentric and lovable characters, each embarked on a quest for meaning, fulfillment, and love — with poignant and uproarious results. Set in Memphis and North Mississippi, The Rabbit Factory follows the colliding lives of, among others, Arthur, an older, socially ill-at-ease man of considerable wealth married to the much younger Helen, whose desperate need for satisfaction sweeps her into the arms of other men; Eric, who has run away from home thinking his father doesn’t want him and becomes Arthur’s unlikely surrogate son; and Anjalee, a big-hearted prostitute with her own set of troubles who crashes into the lives of the others like a one-woman hurricane. Teeming with pitch-perfect creations that include quirky gangsters, colorful locals, seemingly straitlaced professors, and fast-and-loose police officers, Brown’s spellbinding and often hilarious story is about the botched choices and missed chances that separate people — and the tenuous threads of love and coincidence that connect them. With all the subtlety and surprise of life itself, the story turns on a dime from comical to violent to moving. Masterful, profound, and full of spirit, The Rabbit Factory is literary entertainment of the highest order.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 2/7/2014

    " Enjoyed the interlinked narrative. There was a great sense of forward momentum throughout the book with a couple instances of overlapping moments with different perspectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillybeads81 Hall-Parris | 2/4/2014

    " This book was pretty good. I was hoping for it to be a little more "Dirty south" like the other books I have read by Larry Brown. I didn't like how the ending was. I thought everyone's story would tie together...but it ended more like little short stories. Wasn't to bad though. Just not my favorite by Larry Brown. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sati116 | 1/31/2014

    " Mississippi is full of characters, and this book nicely captures their passion, insanity, irresponsibility...complete with usually good intentions, but often terrifying results. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/25/2014

    " I am reading this one again, review to follow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda Hynard | 1/15/2014

    " formulaic and one dimensional "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Voitaray | 1/9/2014

    " I love a book that is profound but plain-spoken. The speech patterns Larry Brown has his characters employ are rich, honest and funny. He lets us, convincingly, into his characters' heads so we experience their internal thought processes/streams of consciousness. These are surprisingly similar to the dialogues I have in my own head--(upon recognition, very funny). And I always love a story that seems, almost accidentally, to come around full circle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/8/2014

    " Read on audio, one of those I took a chance on because of that. Ended up being delightful and hilarious! Would recommend for a fun light read for someone with a quirky sense of humor and open mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jay walker | 12/29/2013

    " This book is fucked up and awesome. RIP Larry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry Maxwell | 12/9/2013

    " Odd characters and gritty plot twists. Great storytelling. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 11/21/2013

    " Loved. A Southern Gothic with an amazing cast of characters, each of them well-developed (including those which are dogs), and a patient but well-paced and exciting story. Might rival "Joe" as my favorite Larry Brown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenneth Hemmings | 9/10/2013

    " Great read, I didn't like the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 8/1/2013

    " Rabbit Factory is Larry Brown at his very best - READ IT! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hayseed | 7/11/2013

    " I found this book disjointed, anticlimatic and w/an overdone ending, won't read more of this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 7/10/2013

    " I've always liked Larry Brown's writing, and this one didn't disappoint. his characters are obviously fictional, but very real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren B | 6/12/2013

    " A little strange, but interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 5/20/2013

    " Lots of stuff going on so far, 3 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsbeth | 4/26/2013

    " wacky, moving, funny, satisfying reading experience. odd characters lives tangle together in Memphis and environs; i will definitely read this again one day! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie McLendon | 4/19/2013

    " Overall, this was a disappointment. Which is why I gave it to JD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 4/3/2013

    " So, I thought this book was going to be about a quirky bunch of people working in a popular adult toy factory...I was half wrong. It is full of quirky people, but these people do not work in a "Rabbit Factory." This book is highly addictive! It was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 9/1/2012

    " I was all into it and then the ending kind of pooped out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Livingstone | 8/1/2012

    " good one. Bukowski on the south "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 11/25/2011

    " strange, but pretty good. the ending was a let down, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 8/13/2011

    " This is my first Larry Brown novel but it won't be my last! This book is gritty with characters that draw you in always wondering what is going to happen next. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 1/15/2011

    " Finished it, but still not sure it even had a plot! Far from a solid novel, and simply not enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 12/23/2010

    " Enjoyed the interlinked narrative. There was a great sense of forward momentum throughout the book with a couple instances of overlapping moments with different perspectives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 6/19/2010

    " Loved. A Southern Gothic with an amazing cast of characters, each of them well-developed (including those which are dogs), and a patient but well-paced and exciting story. Might rival "Joe" as my favorite Larry Brown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 6/18/2010

    " 4.25--too bad that he died so young. I loved his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 3/10/2010

    " I've always liked Larry Brown's writing, and this one didn't disappoint. his characters are obviously fictional, but very real. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neil | 7/31/2009

    " The first 200 pages of this book are about as good as any average Elmore Leonard novel; it's entertaining and fast paced, but there isn't much substance to it. It falls apart completely in the last 140 pages and the last 20 pages are just plain awful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 5/29/2009

    " So, I thought this book was going to be about a quirky bunch of people working in a popular adult toy factory...I was half wrong. It is full of quirky people, but these people do not work in a "Rabbit Factory." This book is highly addictive! It was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 4/1/2009

    " strange, but pretty good. the ending was a let down, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/4/2008

    " Lots of stuff going on so far, 3 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsbeth | 11/17/2008

    " wacky, moving, funny, satisfying reading experience. odd characters lives tangle together in Memphis and environs; i will definitely read this again one day! "

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About the Author
Author Larry Brown

Larry Brown (1951–2004) was an American novelist, non-fiction, and short story writer. He won numerous awards including the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for fiction, the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award, and Mississippi’s Governor’s Award For Excellence in the Arts. He was also the first two-time winner of the Southern Book Award for Fiction.

His notable works include Dirty Work, Father and Son, Joe, and Big Bad Love. In 2013 a film adaptation of Larry Brown’s Joe was released, featuring Nicolas Cage.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.