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There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; his coat was spotted brown and white, he had real thread whiskers, and his ears were lined with pink sateen. On Christmas morning, when he sat wedged in the top of the Boy's stocking, with a sprig of holly between his paws, the effect was charming.

There were other things in the stocking, nuts and oranges and a toy engine, and chocolate almonds and a clockwork mouse, but the Rabbit was quite the best of all. For at least two hours the Boy loved him, and then Aunts and Uncles came to dinner, and there was a great rustling of tissue paper and unwrapping of parcels, and in the excitement of looking at all the new presents the Velveteen Rabbit was forgotten.

For a long time he lived in the toy cupboard or on the nursery floor, and no one thought very much about him. He was naturally shy, and being only made of velveteen, some of the more expensive toys quite snubbed him.

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Excellent performance to go along with beautiful writing

I had heard about this story on “Friends” sitcom and was curious.
Loved the beautiful story and the narration took it to another level.
Thank you for this experience.

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Great Experience

A soft creative beautiful story narrated well. It was a pleasure listening to the same.

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Lovely story.

A gentle children’s story of hope and goodness. Great narration as usual by Richard Armitage!

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  • N.
  • 09-02-21

Delightful

I never had this read to me as a child. How wonderful to have it read to me now by Mr. Armitage, he made me feel young again.

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  • M. Crabtree
  • 02-02-21

A Classic

I loved this book when I was younger and was so happy to see Richard Armitage doing a reading. As he read, I could see the pictures in my storybook. A sad story, but a good memory. Great reading, Mr. Armitage has a lovely voice for children's stories.

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  • Trudy A. Brown
  • 31-01-21

The Velveteen Rabbit

What a lovely reading of a cherished story. I wish Richard Armitage, read more children's books.

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  • Tropical_Woman
  • 18-01-21

Keep the tissues handy!

I'm embarrassed to admit that I had never read this book before. It is wonderful to hear Richard's voice, as he uses it in such a tender way to perform the story. I cried my heart out. As a former Kindergarten teacher, I suggest that parents who have especially sensitive children wait until their child is older to introduce them to this story, as it has passages that might be difficult for them to hear without getting upset. I'm glad I purchased this title.

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  • Sassafras
  • 07-01-21

How to toys become real?

Before Toy Story there was the beloved Velveteen Rabbit.

A wonderful addition to any child’s library. The narration by Armitage is wonderful!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-21

Loved this!

How splendid to listen to Richard Armitage for my first ever Audible audiobook. I was also impressed with the way he voiced the different characters.

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  • IKA
  • 13-04-21

Perfection

I absolutely adore this rendition of this beautiful and sweet classic 'tail '. This is a story I did not discover until I was an adult but it is so simple and timeless that it suits children of all ages. Additionally, Richard Armitage and his narration and character voicing are unsurpassed. His golden voice is perfect for this ageless story.

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  • Katie Sims
  • 06-04-21

A Beautiful Story

This was great!
Richard Armitage did a wonderful job bringing this children's classic to life.

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  • ATC
  • 04-04-21

Excellent Story

Its a beautiful story and the narration is perfect. I hope Richard Armitage does more narrations for children's books.

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  • Yubi
  • 17-03-21

Beautiful

Richard Armitage is an incredible narrator and this story is just wonderful. Made me tear up plenty of times in just 30 minutes!

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  • Alicat
  • 13-01-21

Old favourite

Brought back memories of my childhood
Beautifully narrated
Ideal bedtime story for adults as well as children

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  • CottonCandyPancake
  • 29-04-21

Lovely story

Lovely story, a bit bittersweet. Excellent narrator. I enjoyed it very much and I highly recommend it, for young and old.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-21

heartwarming story

heart warming story. Good family content. however audio is rather low even though I turned the volume all the way up

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  • Laura Edwards
  • 11-04-21

Amazing

Loved this book when I was a child, loved it still now. Fabulously read and such a brilliant book. Recommend to all ages!

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  • DM
  • 29-03-21

Always a joy to listen

A wonderful ,heartfelt story, narrated skilfully by Mr Armitage. Always a joy to go back to. Thank you.

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  • Claire G
  • 22-03-21

I loved this story so much

This is such a touching story, I was captivated from the start. My son has a much loved threadbare bunny so it really meant a lot to me. The narration was superb. I felt my son and I were being read to by someone who really cared about the story and their audience both young and old. I cannot recomend the story or the audio version enough. I hope this narrator will do more, especially some of the childrens/young adults classics.

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  • Eeffe
  • 20-03-21

delicate and profound

The story is so delicate and the performance of the narrator reflects this in a very genuine way. His soft and profound voice turn on the magic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-03-21

Beautiful and heartwarming.

This was such a heartwarming story. I teared up at the end knowing that the little rabbit finally became real. Richard Armitage as always, narrated this story beautifully.

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  • getting married
  • 12-03-21

heartwarming story

Loved it, pulled at my heartstrings. a great way to discover old classics (I'm 36 and never read this before). Plan to share it with my children in future

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  • Ambra D.
  • 22-02-21

Charming

Delightful and emotional little story, beautiful performance by Richard Armitage. A charming version that is great for children and adults alike.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 17-03-21

Marvellous

A gentle story read by the honey voiced Richard Armitage this story should be read by the young and the not so young

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-21

perfect performance

A classic told with passion, sharing the awe and mystery. Armitage lends his English and Welsh accents to give life to the nursery characters.

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  • Miss Emma Vertigan
  • 25-01-21

Beautiful

So beautiful. Every child should listen to it. Richard armitage is always a pleasure to listen to.