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Publisher's Summary

One boy and his toy are about to change everything....

Jack loves his childhood toy Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve something terrible happens - DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, a night when all things can come to life...even toys. And Jack’s newest toy - the Christmas Pig (DP’s annoying replacement) - has a daring plan: Together they’ll embark on a magical journey to seek something lost and to save the best friend Jack has ever known....

A heartwarming adventure about one child’s love for his most treasured thing and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world’s greatest storytellers.

Narrated by Amaka Okafor

With Rocco Padden as Jack and Gerran Howell as The Christmas Pig

Also featuring Tom Alexander as Dur Pig

Rachel Atkins as Compass 

Annette Badland as Memory 

Karen Bartke as Ambition 

Nicholas Boulton as Power 

Saffron Coomber as Hope 

Clare Corbett as Mum 

Sandra Gayer as Poem

Gerard McDermott as Santa 

Yasmin Mwanza as Lunchbox 

Jemima Penny as Holly 

Summer Rose as the Little Girl  

Maya Saroya as Happiness 

Kerry Shale as Specs 

Andrew James Spooner as The Loser 

Dan Starkey as the Blue Bunny 

And Ben Whitehead as the Mayor

With an original score by Anne Dudley, performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London.

©2021 J.K. Rowling (P)2021 J.K. Rowling

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Narrated by Amaka Okafor
With Rocco Padden as Jackand
Gerran Howell as The Christmas Pig
Also featuring
Tom Alexander as Dur Pig; Rachel Atkins as Compass; Annette Badland as Memory; Karen Bartke as Ambition; Nicholas Boulton as Power; Saffron Coomber as Hope; Clare Corbett as Mum; Sandra Gayer as Poem; Gerard McDermott as Santa; Yasmin Mwanza as Lunchbox; Jemima Penny as Holly; Summer Rose as the Little Girl; Maya Saroya as Happiness; Kerry Shale as Specs; Andrew James Spooner as The Loser; Dan Starkey as the Blue Bunny; and Ben Whitehead as the Mayor
With an original score by Anne Dudley, performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London.
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More Scary & Violent Than "Heartwarming Adventure"

I thought this one was going to be a page-turner for me, and in that I was really disappointed. The story got off to a great start, and in the first few chapters, I was thinking about buying the book to read to some of my grandkids during the holidays -- perhaps a new annual tradition, or perhaps letting them listen to the Audible book on my phone. Then a lost item was violently shoved kicking and screaming down a garbage chute, and that was the last I considered that. It's not that there are none of the heartwarming moments promised in the synopsis ("A heartwarming adventure about one child’s love for his most treasured thing and how far he will go to find it."), there are just many, many more scary or frightening moments and quite a few that are downright violent. About a third of the way through the story, I actually googled the age recommendation for the book, which Amazon says is "Recommended for ages 9-10 and up because there are some bigger life concepts that younger ones may not grasp." Yes, life concepts, certainly -- along with the concept of being violently captured, dragged off to the monster's lair, and then eaten by the monster ... or rather having the "livening" part sucked out and consumed, and then the remains burnt. It seems more suitable for a Halloween setting than Christmas.

Is it a good story from a good storyteller? Yes, but not so engrossing that I did not want to turn it off. Don't think you're going to get anything in this story that harkens back to the cleverness of the Harry Potter novels, which I would imagine J.K. Rowling is going to struggle with for the rest of her career.

From a technical standpoint, some of the narrative and spoken parts are impossible to understand because of either the musical score, the noises that are part of the story, and the accents, tone, and timber of the voices.

Worth the credit to listen, but as you can tell, I was disappointed. Many of the books in my Audible Library I've listened to more than once. I'm not sure if this will be one of those.

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How is this the same person who wrote Harry Potter?

I really really wanted to like this story…. I grew up with Harry Potter and still love those books. This one started off with a semi-promising story line but it devolved onto something that felt like a nightmare you’d have after been cooped up and isolated in your house for too long… moralistic paper clips and old western spectacles crying about being lost by their owners… it was like listening to a schizophrenic’s subconscious stream of thought. I want my 6 hours back please.

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You have to be JOKING, This story should NOT be to

I was excepting a cute Christmas time story. What I got was a mix of Alice in Wonderland and someone ON ACID TRIP. The store is dark and creepy and not in a scaring Halloween way. I am not sure what the story was to teach a young person. Within the first hour you learned MEN are BAD Women are GOOD. IT's ok and right to be a spoiled child and act out without repercussions. I guess that is true in todays society anyway.
I bought this book thinking it would be something good to listen to with my nephew (age 7) on a long ride. What I got was a TON of question on Why are the dads' so mean? How come the boy doesn't live with his dad? Why do those kids act so bad? After about 1:30 of listening to the book, he asked me to PLEASE put something else on. I agreed, but asked if he like the book. "NO It's mean and I don't like the people in it. They are all bad." WELL SAID.
As far as the 3D hype, not worth it. Sound effects doesn't make it 3D
BOTTOM LINE - I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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Some voices hard to understand

Well, it’s a good story that takes awhile to get going. I ended up enjoying it very much, but I couldn’t understand some of the characters because of the extreme computer manipulations (or mutilations, for me), especially the Loser. Unfortunately, i had to use so many rewinds, it was pretty ridiculous. The narrator and voices of Jack and CP were fantastic.

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Distracting Noises

The story itself was fun, but I did not particularly enjoy the listening experience. The main narrator was good; however, I did not care for the ensemble cast. Jack’s voice was difficult to understand. Plus, I found the computerized sound effects to be extremely grating. All the background noise distracted from the story.

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Over produced

The story is sweet and the main narrator is wonderful.
The added sounds are just noise and for me, offer little to the story overall.
A good number of the minor voices were very hard to hear.

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Marvelous!

Absolutely loved this story!! One of the best I've come across. I couldn't put it down.

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Takes an adult back to being a kid

As we age we forget what it is like when you were a child. This brings back wonderful memories of time long gone and forgotten. A must read for adults who have forgotten that wonderful time.

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Terribly disappointing and painful story

This was not what was expected for a child appropriate story. A story about the perils of parents fighting, divorce, sadness and step sibling bullying are certainly not the makings of a Christmas story. I began listening to this book with my granddaughter. The look of sadness on her face was enough to immediately turn it off. Later I listened to this story alone. The first chapters kept dwelling on the pain of what was happening in Jack’s mind as his parents started new lives. Having just experienced the real life version of the first chapters of this book, the yelling, fighting parents, the split, moving, it is all too much reality for a child. Especially for a child and family who are still recovering from the devastating effects of a family divided. It took several chapters before finally getting into the fictional adventures of finding DP, and those chapters droned on way too long. I am very disappointed in this story. And I would strongly caution giving Christmas Pig to any child or family in crisis. It will rip open wounds and only cause more pain and sadness.

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The Christmas Pig.

Great story!! Highly recommend listening to it. Goes fairly quickly but teaches sweet lessons! Gives you a smile. 🥰🥰🥰

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  • carolyn leafe
  • 10-14-21

Thank you J.K. Rowling... Love this..

Oh my goodness... I can't wait to sit down with my Grandchildren .... Snuggle and listen to this all over again... It is absolutely brilliant... Thank you !!! I just couldn't put it down....

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  • Tricky
  • 10-16-21

a little bit scary

I enjoyed this book immensely , a really great listen however if listening with little ones I'd be careful . If reading to little ones it would be fine .

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  • jacqui parsons
  • 10-15-21

J K

Ye t another great story by J K Rowling. Story telling at it's best. Beautifully narrated

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  • Laszlo
  • 11-10-21

Worth to read/ listen to it

Read it with your kids before Christmas or if you are going thru a challenging period (divorce, move, ...)

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  • Bee.
  • 11-08-21

Amazing 👏

I hope they bring out a film, I enjoyed this story so much! Amazing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-21

Amazing!!

Honestly one of the sweetest and heartfelt Christmas stories I have ever read. From start to finish I was hooked. One I will read again and again!

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  • alex watling
  • 10-18-21

Looking forward to the film

A very enjoyable, well written and well read story, I found myself imagining a cartoon movie of this while listening, however by the end I was finding the little bursts of music a bit annoying, looking forward to seeing DP and CP on screen when this obviously becomes a favourite Christmas movie!

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  • 11-08-21

Brilliant book

Absolutely loved this, very lovely and filled with action, adventure and love. Ten out of ten, would definitely recommend, to be enjoyed by all ages.

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  • Jacky
  • 11-19-21

Brilliant adventure of a boys love family read

I enjoyed this fantasy adventure book in the land of live toys and things brilliant and amusing family read about a boys love for his stuffed pig and the journey he went on to find his pig when he was lost, narration from all the characters were brilliant

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  • Mr Benjamin P Atkinson
  • 11-19-21

Absolutely Amazing!!

It was very interesting and scary in parts but so exciting and such a touching story we fell in love with the Christmas Pig.
Anna

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-19-21

Poor tp (the pig 😚)

Oh my gosh it was such a thriller at times I was like WHATS GONNA HAPPEN NEXT??? The first few parts were quite sad and made me cry a little but it had a little message hidden in there for the younger ones 😀 but when they went into the lost realm is when it got interesting 🤔 overall it was AMAZING 😻
-Arwen 10

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  • Casey
  • 09-02-22

Awesome book

My Five year old listened through to the end and absolutely loved it. So did I! Beautiful story and great for all ages.

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  • Joel de Courcy Browne
  • 01-24-22

Rowling's worst effort yet

The kids liked it, guess that was the point. Nice performances and sound effects. I found it a trite and boring re-hashing of good vs. evil tropes. The handling of blended families was sensitive and well done. I prefer Cormoran and Robin.

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  • Moira
  • 12-31-21

The Christmas Pig

When I first started to listen to this book, I just didn't know what to expect. I should have known that things were not as they seemed to be. A brilliant book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it, Lessons to be learnt by all, I love a book that is fiction that teaches us something. OR IS IT ????

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  • Mariana P Green
  • 12-12-21

My 8 year old loved it!

There are definitely scary bits, so I would recommend it for perhaps 9 and up. My child really enjoyed it, and was totally engaged by the story and voice acting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-21

fantastic!!

loved this story the back ground noise made it a bit difficult to hear at times but a great listen :)

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  • Christy
  • 11-13-21

The Christmas pig

This story was interesting but dragged on a bit. Some bits were a little scary for younger listeners.

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