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Rabbits

By: Terry Miles
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
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Publisher's Summary

A deadly underground game might just be altering reality itself in this all-new adventure set in the world of the hit Rabbits podcast.

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal

“A wild ride...impossible to put down.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

It’s an average work day. You’ve been wrapped up in a task, and you check the clock when you come up for air - 4:44 p.m. You check your email, and 44 unread messages have built up. With a shock, you realize the date is April 4 - 4/4. And when you get in your car to drive home, your odometer reads 44,444.

Coincidence? Or have you just seen the edge of a rabbit hole?

Rabbits is a mysterious alternate reality game so vast it uses the entire world as its canvas.

Since the game started in 1959, 10 iterations have appeared and nine winners have been declared. The identities of these winners are unknown.

So is their reward, which is whispered to be NSA or CIA recruitment, vast wealth, immortality, or perhaps even the key to the secrets of the universe itself.

But the deeper you get, the more dangerous the game becomes. Players have died in the past - and the body count is rising.

And now the 11th round is about to begin.

Enter K - a Rabbits obsessive who has been trying to find a way into the game for years. That path opens when K is approached by billionaire Alan Scarpio, rumored to be the winner of the sixth iteration. Scarpio says that something has gone wrong with the game and that K needs to fix it before Eleven starts, or the whole world will pay the price.

Five days later, Scarpio is declared missing.

Two weeks after that, K blows the deadline: Eleven begins.

And suddenly, the fate of the entire universe is at stake.

©2021 Terry Miles (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

Rabbits chases the mysteries at the heart of gaming and popular culture. Cancel your evening plans and follow Terry Miles down the rabbit hole.” (Max Gladstone, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author)

Rabbits is a remarkably assured debut, deftly written and laced with intrigue. It combines Haruki Murakami’s slice-of-life surrealness with the thrilling pace and pop-culture throwbacks of Ready Player One. I loved it.” (Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld)

“Seemingly benign coincidences become clues to a mind-bending scavenger hunt in [Terry] Miles’ outstanding debut technothriller.... Miles masterfully combines mystery, danger, and scientific theory to bring the game to life until readers are just as caught up in searching for the next clue as the characters themselves. It’s a wild ride and it proves impossible to put down.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 

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No, just No

I have never listened to a more convoluted story in my life. Talk about going down a rabbit hole......... I feel like Terry Miles was tripping balls when this was written. For me this was hard to follow, took off in too many directions and really didn't explain much in the end. It left me unfulfilled and with no resolution in the end. This was like taking acid in the 60's only for you last trip to come back and haunt you in 2021. The narrator was fine, I've listened to her before. I'd be hard pressed to read anything by Terry Miles again. This one made my brain hurt, too many paths, too much backtracking, too many side trips, to many leaps of faith and not enough LSD in the world.

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Dissappointed

I did not listen to the podcast everyone mentions and I'm sorry I listened to the book. I kept going thinking there was something to redeem it but nothing there.

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Amazing

This book is just as amazing as the podcast. I love it so much and of course Christine Lakin was INCREDIBLE!! Great book from Terry Miles!!!

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"Are you okay?" "Yes, i'm fine"

I'm 1/2 way through this book. It's okay. Interesting story, but some of the writing and storytelling is becoming grating. WHY IS THIS MAIN CHARACTER SO RELUCTANT TO REPEATEDLY ACKNOWLEDGE A PROBLEM!!!!! If I hear "Are you okay?" and the reply "I'm fine" one more time, I might quit. ADMIT YOU'RE NOT FINE!!!! Why can't this lead character share the truth and bring the best friend and confidant in on what's is being experienced - especially since they're both working together on this adventure??????? The repetition is unnecessary and frustrating. Likewise, can there be more responses by the two leads than "What the he**!" and "What the fu**!" Get a bit more creative, please! And how many times must I hear, "What does that mean?" Ugh! The story is too often too close to "Ready Player One" for the author not to have tried a bit harder at some more varied dialogue and storytelling. I'll finish it while knowing I will surely hear more of the same. Why???
UPDATE: I'm in the final 1.5 hours . . . and the author continues to do it!!!!! "Are you okay?" "I'm fine," but I'm not - but I won't tell the one person who is with me through this entire weird crap, even though this one person is aware of what is going on and aware of its complete and utter weirdness . . . but "I'm fine". UGH!!!! Ha!

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Nice try

I loved the original podcast. The book how ever does not create the same sinister feelings. The protagonist seems to be stumbling from one confusing situation to the next, led by very flimsy clous. It feels a lot like Ready Player One, but without the charm of that book. Character building is almost absent, and the protagonist seems to be surprised every time new strange developments comes to pass. You would expect a person that played a mysterious game, to be less freaked out, when mysterious stuff happens.

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Amazing

I loved this book so much. I’m a huge nerd for all the PNW podcasts. The person narrating the book did a phenomenal job. Usually I loath the people who read fiction on audiobooks but she did an amazing job.

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Amazing - Rabbits is real!

Loved the performance and the story. Super well done! Looking forward to more stuff from Terry.

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Fun scifi mystery / adventure. kept my interest all the way through The ending was a little confusing and left some unanswered questions. wondering if there will be a second book.

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Amazing

Great story, amazing read! Awesome podcast. Willing to try anything Terry has to offer. Hope to find another in this genre.

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Gripping, fun, smart.

I honestly can’t understand the bad reviews. I do agree the end could be hard to follow if you aren’t 100% committed to listening or don’t like pop culture and deep references. But otherwise it’s a fun yet dark fantasy-scifi-mystery journey, akin to Ready Player One with a more adult, twisted veneer. I loved it and am bummed it’s over. Can’t wait for next Terry Miles production.

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