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  • The Christmas Pig
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fantastic!

Very touching story and fantastic narration. I love JKs writing and this one didn't disappoint.

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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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  • Bee.
  • 11-08-21

Amazing 👏

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-29-21

Delightful

Very enjoyable hearing story a very kind of Achilles Christmas story loved it wanting more stories like this one

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-21

The Christmas pig

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