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Esther the Wonder Pig Audiobook

Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time

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Publisher's Summary

Unlikely pig owners Steve and Derek got a whole lot more than they bargained for when the designer micropiglet they adopted turned out to be a full-sized 600-pound sow! In the best-selling tradition of pet memoirs such as Oogy, Dewey, and Giant George, the story of Esther the Wonder Pig shows how families really do come in all shapes and sizes.

In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micropiglet. Though he knew his partner, Derek, wouldn't be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little pig anyway, thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know, that decision would change his and Derek's lives forever.

It turned out there was nothing "micro" about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually signed on to raise a full-size commercial pig. Within three years tiny Esther grew to a whopping 600 pounds. After some real growing pains and a lot of pig-size messes, it became clear that Esther needed much more space, so Steve and Derek made another life-changing decision: They bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where they could care for Esther and other animals in need.

Funny, heartwarming, and utterly charming, Esther the Wonder Pig follows Steve and Derek's adventure - from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"An inspirational, enjoyable read, especially for animal lovers." (Booklist)

"Funny, moving, and heartwarming. The greatest love story ever told between two men and their pig. " (Ricky Gervais)

"First, Jenkins and Walter opened their hearts to one very special pig, and now they are opening their doors and letting us in, too. Esther the Wonder Pig is a tender, funny story that manages to sneak up behind you when you're least expecting it and change your life. Be prepared to fall in love-with a pig." (Jasmin Singer, author of Always Too Much and Never Enough: A Memoir and cohost of Our Hen House)

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    Jill 06-13-16
    Jill 06-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Best recipe of love on sad day..."

    I listened the the last two hours of this book while on a hike in the early morning of Sunday, June 12th. I marveled at the profound love that Derek and Steve have not only for each other but for Esther and all the other animals in their lives. I laughed, I cried, I hit rewind to hear parts again. It's the best love story ever.

    Then I got in my car and turned on NPR and heard the horrifying news of the mass shooting in Orlando. The love radiating from Steve, Derek and Esther has carried me through. This is the best book in my library. I give it DOUBLE five stars in all categories. ❤️❤️❤️

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    SHARYN 06-11-16
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    "BEST BOOK EVER ❤"

    This book is a MUST read!!!
    This book will change your way of thinking about ALL farm animals! EVERY animal IS Esther & deserves to live a beautiful life free of harm.
    We love you Esther, Steve & Derek ❤🐽

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    Katie Fitz 08-12-16
    Katie Fitz 08-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved this book so much"
    What did you love best about Esther the Wonder Pig?

    I have followed the story of Esther, and to hear Steve read about his beloved family member, Esther the Wonder Pig, was truly an honor! I am SO GLAD Steve was the narrator. His love, humor and compassion just spilled into every word.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I loved this book because the narrator was also a character in the story, and the emotions were true. When Steve got choked up, we all cried! When Steve laughed, we all laughed. And I love that Canadian accent.


    Have you listened to any of Steve Jenkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No although I knew I had to have the audible version when Steve was on Facebook live reading the book to Esther (anyone have a tissue?).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did!


    Any additional comments?

    I alway thought I hated audiobooks, until I bought this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana 07-27-16
    Dana 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Kindness is magic!"

    Great fun! I loved the story even though I am already severely addicted to Esther's social media and familiar with your amazing work and attitude.
    Loved dad Steve's narration. Pleae consider adding your giggle as a ring tone.

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    Amazon Customer 07-25-16
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    "Life changing book"

    I must admit I'm not much of a reader. It takes a lot to keep my attention but I absolutely loved this book! I fell in love with Steve and Derrick and their wonderful hectic life with Esther! This is an eye opening true story and it is now my goal in life to go visit Happily Ever Esther!

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    Thomas 07-11-16
    Thomas 07-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Esther the Wonder Pig"

    This is a lovely heartwarming story. Great humor and kindness on display. We should all listen closely to what our animal friends have to say.

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    Emily 07-08-16
    Emily 07-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "love everything about this story"

    You can not help but love both Esther and her dads! Such a strong message of love amd kindness with a fun mix of humor. very authentic

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    Jónína 07-07-16
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    "Heartwarming, sad and funny."

    I loved it. The book was heartwarming, sad and funny. If you love animals you love this book ❤️

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    Daisy Delano Taunton, MA United States 07-06-16
    Daisy Delano Taunton, MA United States 07-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A pigs tale that will melt your heart"
    Where does Esther the Wonder Pig rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the man, I'm glad I listened to this column.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Esther the Wonder Pig?

    With Esther sitting watching breakfast being made the moment Steve and Derek realized what the sizzling bacon in the frying pan represented.


    What does Steve Jenkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The love and enthusiasm in his voice is infectious!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I shed some tears, laughed some laughs, and was happily enveloped by a cloud of overwhelming love, dedication, and devotion.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful, heartwarming tale! Uplifting, a little scary (considering what could have happened to Esther if she hadn't found a home with Steve and Derek), and just downright enjoyable!!!!

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    Karen Jenkins Florida 06-20-16
    Karen Jenkins Florida 06-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Listened to this twice and will again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The fact that one of Esther's Dads read it makes it so much more personable. I have followed Esther for a long, long time. Found out things I didn't know. I laughed out loud at times, cried a couple of times and really enjoyed this light-hearted read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The meaning of loving all animals.


    Which character – as performed by Steve Jenkins – was your favorite?

    Well, Esther, of course!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many. One was when Steve and Derek were getting ready to move to the farm, and Steve was alone in the backyard with Esther explaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you to two wonderfully kind-hearted, gentle, amazing men who "will change the world one heart at a time"..

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  • E. Charnley
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    7/1/16
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    "this will change hearts and minds"

    the audio version became available whilst I was awaiting my hard copy of the book to arrive in the UK. not my usual format but heck I wanted the whole story. LOVE this story - it has changed my whole world. Esther found her voice through her Dads and their gentle and often hair-raising story is one we can all learn from. unconditional love and respect for all nature.

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  • Dorksquith
    6/13/16
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    "Wonderful!"
    What did you like most about Esther the Wonder Pig?

    I bought the book because I love Esther and wanted to support the work of her dads. I wasn't expecting it to be an amazing book, but it is the first book I have ever had on audible that I listened to the whole of in one sitting :) made me so happy, thank you!


    What about Steve Jenkins’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic narrator- it is so important and he did a great job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The tangible distress of the urine-soaked house and the sobbing dads scrubbing the basement. That moment lead them to true happiness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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