The Memoirs of Toby, the Learned Pig
Author(s): Russell Potter
Original Publish Date: Jul 31, 2012
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (5.78 hours)
Product Number: Z100090809
Released: Feb 28, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781101979600
Narrator/s: Simon Callow
Publisher: Books on Tape
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A heartwarming debut introduces readers to the adventures of its overachieving porcine narrator Blending the sophisticated satire of Jonathan Swift with the charming exuberance of a Pixar film, Pyg tells the story of Toby, a truly exceptional pig who lived in late eighteenth-century England. After winning the blue ribbon at the Salford Livestock Fair and escaping the butcher's knife, Toby tours the country, wowing circus audiences with his abilities to count, spell, and even read the minds of ladies (but only with their permission, of course). He goes on to study at Oxford and Edinburgh—encountering such luminaries as Samuel Johnson, Robert Burns, and William Blake—before finally writing his own life story. Quirky, beguiling, and endlessly entertaining, this memoir of a "remarkable sapient pig" is a sharp and witty delight.

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Author(s): Russell Potter
Narrator(s): Simon Callow
Product Number C02126
Released: Oct 16, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470323028
Author(s): Russell Potter
Product Number EB00394424
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101587393

Professional reviews

"Simon Callow makes you forget you're not actually listening to a first-person memoir told by Toby, the erudite, Oxford-educated pig. Born on a pig farm near Manchester around 1781, Toby is befriended by a boy who saves him from becoming bacon. After Toby wins the blue ribbon at the county fair, his life changes dramatically. He learns to count and spell, tours circuses and fairs as the "remarkable sapient pig," and eventually enjoys discourses with the likes of Robert Burns and Samuel Johnson. Based on an actual eighteenth-century animal novelty act, Russell Potter's debut novel is a delicious blend of Swiftian satire and genteel charm. A word of caution to carnivores: So appealing, convincing, and heartfelt is Callow's performance, you may decide to give up pork entirely. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"