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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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  • 02-09-21

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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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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The Velveteen Rabbit

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

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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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A Beautiful Story

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

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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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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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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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Still warms my heart

love more now than I did when my mom read it to me before bed

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Kids will love this!

An excellent version of a timeless classic. It's wonderfully executed and children are sure to enjoy it.

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  • David Bayliss
  • 05-26-21

A thing of beauty

A beautiful children's fairy tale, wonderfully narrated, so meaningful and pure, even to very old children, like me x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-21

Emotional

Loved it! Richard Armitage's voice is very warm and the story is beautiful and emotional!

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  • Kez
  • 05-14-21

magical

what a lovely story and so beautifully and delicately read. very magical, I would definitely recommend it to young and old.

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  • Alicat
  • 01-13-21

Old favourite

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

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  • Christopher William Abram
  • 10-25-21

cute little childrens tale

simple but sweet. i think nsot of us adult had a teddy when we were younger that became totally worn out.

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  • J. Kelly
  • 09-17-21

Gorgeous

My son loved this book as a child but read it to himself, so I didn’t read it.
Now, aged 61, and moved by curiosity and a love of Richard Armitage’s readings, I let his dulcet tones do the honours.


What a wonderful, magical book. My old, worn and somewhat grumpy-looking Teddy looks happier now I ‘know’ what’s REALLY going on………

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  • Helen Kemp
  • 09-16-21

beautiful

Well, I cried
beautiful 😍 recommended and I now believe after all these years that my Teddy is real

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  • Scott Halsey
  • 05-24-21

Grown up???

May we never be so grown up we forget
How to play dream & the velveteen rabbit.

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  • Hayley B
  • 01-17-22

A story for all ages

Loved it. Daughter who 26 still has well loved puppy who is like rabbit.

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  • Natalie H
  • 01-03-22

So adorable

The Velveteen Rabbit is a book I've loved since childhood and one I've shared with my own children and children I work with. I decided to give it a listen to on audible and I'm so glad I did. It awoke the magic of this classic story for me again, one I've missed since being a child reading this book. Such a heartwarming story. The narrator did a wonderful job with this book! This book has always encpuraged a love of stuffed toy animals for myself and my children and we've all kept our own since childhood. Truly a heartwarming and magical listen.

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  • Floss
  • 08-05-21

a lovely story read by a velvety voice

I was unfamiliar with the story until now. I played it for my 4yo, who usually are very fussy about which stories she will tolerate listening to, but there were no complaints from her on this one... especially after she fell asleep part way through the story. Richard Armitage has just the most soothing velvety voice that is both perfect for listening to in bed as well as bringing this classic story to life.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 03-17-21

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
  • 01-27-21

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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  • Emma Vertigan
  • 01-25-21

beautiful

Timeless story. A delight for young children and anything read by Richard Armitage is just lovely.