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Download The Boy Who Kicked Pigs Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Boy Who Kicked Pigs (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Tom Baker
3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Baker Narrator: Tom Baker Publisher: BBV Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN:
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A spoken word drama from BBV.

Tom Baker reads an abridged version of his novel. Also included is a bonus interview with Tom.

The novel begins by announcing that today will be the day that a young boy, Robert Caligari, dies. Robert is an extremely odd boy who cannot stop himself from kicking pigs. This begins as a private act of revenge against his sister, Nerys, who is always putting money in her own tin piggy bank. Robert is angry at Nerys constantly rattling the pig in front of him, and so takes great pleasure in kicking the pig across the room whenever he is alone.

Robert's obsession with kicking pigs gets worse, and one day, he kicks his sister's piggy bank out of the window, causing chaos for his neighbours and a local police officer. The last straw for Robert's mother is when he kicks a rather large woman's bagged pork chops, which she had just brought at the local butcher's shop.

After a local man finally gets revenge on Robert by throwing him over a church wall, Robert realises that he hates people. While Robert's neighbours soon come to the conclusion that he is a nice young boy, he is plotting revenge. After poisoning his sister's food, he decides to trick an old blind man into crossing a road of busy traffic. Unfortunately for the old man this proves fatal, yet nobody suspects Robert's involvement.

Robert engineers another, far worse, road accident in the next step of his evil plan. However, in the process of doing so, he finds himself trapped in his secret hideaway, where he is about to face a truly terrible fate.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Mckenzie | 2/17/2014

    " I didn't read this so much as have it read to me by a good friend. It is a funny, romp of a book which although short is big on originality. Highly recommended. Bet you can't read it without having Tom Baker's voice in your head (if you're of a certain age) "

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

    " Brilliant short and dark story - good fun "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yorky Caz | 1/27/2014

    " Bit too wierd and dark for my liking - I liked the one page of writing to one page of picture ratio and it was a quick read but ultimately I cant say I particularly enjoyed it and was quite relieved when it finished "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas Whyte | 1/14/2014

    " It's very short - only 120 pages, and half of those are a series of evocative line drawings illustrating the text. The central character, Robert Caligari, is a horrible boy who enjoys causing fatal road accidents, and comes to a suitably disgusting end (this is not a spoiler as the first paragraph says so). It is told with a certain deep and dark humour, which makes the unpleasant protagonist just interesting enough to keep us engaged. The second half is not as good as the first, with a peculiar digression into mocking local radio presenters which doesn't really work. But it is yet another fascinating insight into Baker's very peculiar mind. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 olittlebear aka. Sophie | 1/8/2014

    " It's an alright story. I just disliked it because it has a seriously sick, disgusting, messed up ending. I did like things about this book though. For just about every little thing you found out a quick side story. And pretty much every page has a picture accompanying. Also I liked the last paragraph. But before that, yuck. I did like up until all that though .. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Unwordy | 1/7/2014

    " I have not had a fiction-induced nightmare for years. I feel pretty certain I might have one in the near future, "thanks" to the ending of this book. Brilliantly written; I loved Baker's narrative style and use of language. And his deep, rich voice is just terrific. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 War Tepes | 1/7/2014

    " Got exactly what he deserved. "

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

    " Love this one, its odd and humorous and dark - Much like Burtons 'Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arthur Brady | 12/29/2013

    " I really, really, *REALLY* HATED this book. But I have to give him a five for being so evocative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/24/2013

    " So Wickedly Wonderful. Pick it up if you find it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 12/22/2013

    " Wow! Like nothing I've ever read, but delightful squeamish fun from Tom Baker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/18/2013

    " I picked this book up a dozen times but never bought it. Thank God for Christmas and daughters. It's a grusome little work, a wonderful diversion. If this was all Tom Baker was remembered for then that wouldn't be a bad thing at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 12/1/2013

    " Oh, Tom Baker! One of the most gruesome books I have ever read. The unpleasantness builds and builds to a disgusting climax. Fortunately, the book is also very silly and funny, too. But definitely not for the squeamish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 11/24/2013

    " I adore this short story from my favourite Doctor. The illustrations are fantastic, the story is hilarious, the child is evil but gets his comeuppance. Always a joy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 11/13/2013

    " Great illustrations and a truly gory tale. Worth of Edward Gorey himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 10/6/2013

    " Genius. Love the wicked sense of humor and the darkly funny tale. Excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 9/5/2013

    " Genius - up there with the likes of Fup by Jim Dodge... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 8/19/2013

    " Wonderfully eccentric. Just like Tom Baker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 7/26/2013

    " Starting rather philosophical and ending rather macabre, one can't help wondering if the author harbours a real life resentment towards the news reporting occupations represented by the characters 'Cassandra' and 'David the Brain'. On the other hand, this is a devilishly moralistic tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miss Laura | 7/14/2013

    " This has to be one of the single most funny books i have ever read! i recommend anyone and everyone read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Twist | 6/18/2013

    " A grotesque cautionary tale, very unusual book with a disgusting but satisfying humour, put me in mind of Roald dahl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Freder | 6/7/2013

    " An only partially successful bit of deviltry and evil by a former Doctor Who. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Jones | 4/6/2013

    " I really enjoyed the humour in this book and the line drawings were a delight. It was a dark tale with a moral to heed. Quick delightful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 3/13/2013

    " Exceedingly black comedy in which a sadistic boy who enjoys hurting others gets his poetic justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 3/10/2013

    " amazing. so good. and hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 3/4/2013

    " A lovely little gruesome fable "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hari Kumar | 1/29/2013

    " Very quick read . Dark gruesome , entertainment . Wouldnt appeal for a lot . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon Curtis | 1/29/2013

    " This is the most singularly WEIRD book I have ever ever read in my life, and final image is one I don't think I'll ever forget!!! "

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