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Download The Boy Who Kicked Pigs Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (383 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Baker Narrator: Tom Baker Publisher: BBV Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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