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4.57 out of 54.57 out of 54.57 out of 54.57 out of 54.57 out of 5 4.57 (53 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margery Williams Narrator: Meryl Streep Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9780739334881
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The timeless story of the toy rabbit who wanted to be real is brought to life by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep and acclaimed pianist George Winston.

Meryl Streep lends her amazingly talented voice to the story of a stuffed bunny who is the Boy’s favorite toy but yearns to be Real. The characters come to life through the artistry of her performance, enhanced by the original piano score by celebrated musician George Winston.

Let Rabbit Ears take you on the magical journey from toy chest to Real in this extraordinary version of The Velveteen Rabbit.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 2/17/2014

    " While I recognize that this is a great book, it totally traumatized me as a kid! Every time I got sick, I was terrified that someone was going to throw all my stuffed animals away. That's the one part that I remember the most about the whole story. Not the adventure of the Velveteen Rabbit, but the fact that he was a beloved stuffed animal that was taken away from a sick child. Traumatizing! LOL. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawna Hansen | 2/14/2014

    " Great story for children and adults. Love makes you real! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby Goss | 2/13/2014

    " One of my all time favorite books!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 2/12/2014

    " No doubt I'm lacking something that makes me a true human, but I'm not keen on the stories about children's toys having feelings and getting them hurt when kids stop playing with them. Do we need kids to be so empathetic that they treasure every stupid piece of fast food flotsam they drag in the door? Burn the dingy bunny, see if I care. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Schylar | 2/6/2014

    " I read this book a long time ago when i was like 5 years old! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 2/5/2014

    " A must have book. A classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ethan Clark | 2/1/2014

    " If there's one book that stands out above all the others from my childhood, it would be this one. This book just fills me with sentimental and warm feelings whenever I think about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca | 1/28/2014

    " Love to read this at bed time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/27/2014

    " This was one of my favorite books as a child. I recently read it, and it's still one of my absolute favorite stories, even as an adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luci | 1/24/2014

    " This story is about a little boy who gets sick, and his stuffed rabbit who wants to become real. The docter comes and says that all of the boy's toys have to be burned. Right before the velveteen rabbit gets destroyed the magic fairy comes to turn him real. Once he turns real he hops and plays happily with the other real rabbits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoey | 1/24/2014

    " This was my favorite book as a child! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/22/2014

    " An adorable story and a childhood favourite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali Kane | 1/21/2014

    " Will never read this book again because I cried so much "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy.322 | 1/20/2014

    " This book has sentimental value for me. My English teacher my senior year gave this to me as a graduation gift. She was my favorite teacher in highschool! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 1/5/2014

    " Oddly enough, just read this recently (Christmas 2011). Loved it. Sad, for sure, but ultimately, a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryanne | 1/2/2014

    " The Velveteen Rabbit has always had a soft spot for me, it kept my imagination flowing that maybe my stuffed animals when I was little would come to life and play with me. It's triggered to little kids, why look at it in such an adult view? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 12/13/2013

    " Read again for next bookclub. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 11/7/2013

    " Always, and will forever, make me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glitter Walrus | 10/28/2013

    " Perhaps it's just nostalgia, but to this day this book makes me cry. I grew up with the version illustrated by Graham Percy, but couldn't find it on here :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 10/28/2013

    " MY favorite when I was a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 10/10/2013

    " Such a beautiful and heartfelt story! This is a classic I'll read again and again. It forever has a place in my heart. <3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 10/6/2013

    " Nice, short, sweet. Just as all tales and tails are supposed to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 10-11 Lexie | 6/11/2013

    " I love this book. My grandma read it to me. It is so heart touching. My favorite part would have to be when she kept the rabbit when everyone wanted to get rid of the rabbit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/6/2013

    " Michael loves the idea that one's favorite stuffed animal could be real because that's how he feels about Moose, who still makes it into the bed each night. Visions of Linus? Yes. Worried? Not yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 6/1/2013

    " To say this was a childhood favorite is an understatement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desiree | 4/24/2013

    " I loved this book when I was little. One year for Easter I think, my Grandma bought me the book with a tape recording of the book. I loved listening to the tape over and over until it wasn't usable anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 4/15/2013

    " This book haunted my childhood and made quite an impression on me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael McEvoy | 3/31/2013

    " This was a nice little fairy tale to pass time on the train. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 3/30/2013

    " Simple things sometimes hold the most dearest place in our hearts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Elzinga | 3/16/2013

    " My all time favorite children's book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Simon | 1/17/2013

    " What it means to be Real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/20/2012

    " One of the best books ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 11/20/2012

    " I was in 1st grade the 1st time I saw the movie. Broke my heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 10/19/2012

    " I think this made me cry when I was really young. I was hypersensitive even back then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzie | 10/15/2012

    " broke my heart when I was little "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Franz | 9/7/2012

    " Read this one to my kids, and loved the lesson behind it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Barrington | 7/4/2012

    " I had never read this book although I knew the story. It is simply a lovely story about a child who loves his toy to life! Who could NOT love it? It is a perfect story, for who wants to think that their favorite toy is lost or discarded? Read it for yourself, read it to your children. . .Enjoy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Marie | 6/22/2012

    " I still can't read this one without crying, no matter how many times! One of my all-time fav. children's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasey Taube | 6/12/2012

    " One of my Favorite Children's books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 5/20/2012

    " I read it as a child, forgot about it, and then one day a cloudy memory of me reading it came to mind. All I remember is that I enjoyed reading. I should read it soon to refreshen my memory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Darling | 5/12/2012

    " My favorite book of all time . . . .with timeless themes of love and loss. If you've never heard Meryl Streep pitch-perfect reading of this book, or seen David Jorgensen's beautiful drawings, you've never really experienced it properly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lela | 4/26/2012

    " Neat book. Love the story. It was our son's favorite book when he was little -- now he's 43 with a little one of his own. We made sure she had her own copy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 carrietracy | 3/15/2012

    " Despite having found this incredibly depressing as a child, I quite liked it as an adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/7/2012

    " i'll never forget this book and the truth it imparts: it hurts to be real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Anne | 11/28/2011

    " Such a cool wee kids story, love it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Geronsin | 10/15/2011

    " Has made me cry since I was a kid even have an app for it on my ipod touch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin | 6/9/2011

    " One of the best books ever. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Esmë | 9/8/2010

    " This book really depressed me when I read it at the age of four or five years old. It still depresses me. I don't know why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrystal Paasch simmons | 9/7/2010

    " an old-school, all time favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 8/31/2010

    " I hadn't read this book since I was young and it was still as wonderful as I remembered! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annetabb | 7/3/2010

    " Probably one of my favorite childhood books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie | 2/25/2010

    " loved it the pictures were great. it had love in it im happy i read this book and the author was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Graham | 2/21/2010

    " First read only now -- and as tender and touching as I'd always heard. Loved it. "

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About the Author
Author Margery Williams

Margery Williams Bianco (1881–1944) was an English-American author of popular children’s books. She became a professional writer at the age of nineteen, but didn’t achieve lasting fame until forty-one, when she published her best-known work, The Velveteen Rabbit, in 1922.

About the Narrator

Meryl Streep, considered by many movie reviewers to be the greatest living film actress, has been nominated for an Academy Award an astonishing sixteen times and has won it three times. Born in New Jersey, her early performing ambitions leaned toward the opera, but she became interested in acting while a student at Vassar and upon graduation enrolled in the Yale School of Drama. She went on to win the Academy Award for her performances in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Sophie’s Choice (1982), and The Iron Lady (2012).