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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,825 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick McCabe Narrator: Patrick Mccabe Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When I was a lad twenty or thirty or forty years ago I lived in a small town where they were all after me on account of what I done on Mrs. Nugent.

Welcome to the mind of Francie Brady. Just what Francie did to Mrs. Nugent is the final, terrifying act of a young boy at the end of a relentless descent into a world of scorn and fear, brought to unforgettably vivid life in this tour-de-force performance by author Patrick McCabe.

Francie Brady, the "pig boy," is growing up in a poor small Irish town in the early sixties, fueled on an adolescent's comic books, Flash Bars, and John Wayne movies. He is determined to win the Francie Brady Not a Bad Bastard Anymore Diploma. But how do you do that when your mother is sent to the madhouse, your father is an alcoholic, and everyone turns their back on you?

A major motion picture from Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) and read with the bravura performance style that has earned McCabe raves on both sides of the Atlantic, The Butcher Boy is a stunning audio thriller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunning...part Huck Finn, part Holden Caufield, part Hannibal Lecter.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Brilliant, unique. Patrick McCabe pushes your head through the book and you come out the other end gasping, admiring, and knowing that reading fiction will never be the same again. It’s the best Irish novel I’ve read in years.” 

    Roddy Doyle, author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha  

  • “A chilling tale of a child's hell...often screamingly funny...the book has a compelling and terrible beauty.” 

    Boston Globe  

  • “An almost perfect novel...A Beckett monologue with plot by Alfred Hitchcock...Startlingly original.

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Patrick McCabe is an outstanding writer. The Butcher Boy is fearful, original, compelling and very hard to put out of your mind. American readers should pay close attention to this man.” 

    Thomas McGuane, American novelist

  • A 1994 Bram Stoker Award Nominee
  • Recipient of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • Winner of the 1992 Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize
  • A 1992 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by April | 2/13/2014

    " As disturbing as the subject matter is, it really is an engaging book. Despite the fact that the main character is a psychopath, you do feel sorry for everything he goes through in his life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Yinmin thiha | 2/8/2014

    " I even could not finish reading this book. But the book is not my taste. So I stop "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill Bennett | 1/29/2014

    " Couldn't put the book down, scary how the human mind works "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sophia | 1/23/2014

    " Masterfully written, although I couldn't say I 'enjoyed' it. I would only recommend this book to someone with a strong stomach! "

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