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The Pig Comes to Dinnerby Joseph Caldwell, Chris Patton (Narrated by)
Enjoy a second helping from the obstreperous creature that romped so riotously through The Pig Did It with this sequel The Pig Came to Dinner. All of the charming characters of the previous story are also present again: Kitty McCloud and her new husband/former blood enemy Kieran Sweeney have bought an ancient Irish castle with the profits from Kitty's popular
Enjoy a second helping from the obstreperous creature that romped so riotously through The Pig Did It with this sequel The Pig Came to Dinner. All of the charming characters of the previous story are also present again: Kitty McCloud and her new husband/former blood enemy Kieran Sweeney have bought an ancient Irish castle with the profits from Kitty's popular revisions of classic novels like Jane Eyre. Kitty's American cousin, Aaron McCloud, has arrived to visit with his new wife, the former swineherd Lolly McKeever. With them is a troublesome and unwelcome pig, a wedding gift they are redelivering to Kitty and Kieran. But over the resulting lighthearted discord hangs a weightier problem: Kitty's new home is inhabited by a pair of ghosts from out of the castle's troubled past. How this haunting couple is dealt with serves only to embellish the allure and humor of Mr. Caldwell's uniquely theatrical storytelling.
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“Delicious Irish accents . . . [narrator Chris] Patton’s high-energy enthusiasm and unflagging engagement with this charming and goofy book are so winning . . . very good fun.”
In Caldwell's fun second installment to his Pig Trilogy (after The Pig Did It), Irish writer Kitty McCloud and husband Kieran Sweeney battle to stave off specters threatening to destroy their newfound nuptial bliss. The beautiful ghosts of Taddy and Brid haunt Castle Kissane, the couple's new abode, as well as their dreams and desires. Then the very real Lord Shaftoe appears after his family's two-century-long absence to reclaim the keep. Onto the scene trots the "lesbian" pig, whose ramblings and rootings could destroy the lovely estate-or help save it. Throughout, the whimsical tale is held aloft by a fanciful if sometimes long-winded lyricism that well conveys the spirit of its Irish setting and characters. In this story, humor and sadness, the past and the present, all live side-by-side, and it is all Kitty can do to tell them apart, much less keep the ghosts at bay. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This second in a projected trilogy begun with The Pig Did It reintroduces readers to the wildly successful and volatile author of "corrected" classic novels, Kitty McCloud; her hard-working husband, Kieran Sweeney; Kitty's swine-herding nephew, Aaron McCloud; and the nameless pig with a twitching pink nose for trouble. Rolling in royalties, Kitty and Kieran purchase an ancient Irish castle in County Kerry only to discover that their new demesne is haunted by the ghosts of young lovers Taddy and Brid, wrongfully accused of treason and executed 200 years before. Kitty and Kieran's desire to release the tragic pair from limbo is complicated by the appearance of Lord Shaftoe, the alleged rightful owner of the castle. Meanwhile, the mischievous pig sets in motion a chain of events that ultimately reveals the surprising resolution to everyone's problems. This charming, at times hilarious tale serves as a satisfying story as well as a quiet commentary on the sympathetic relationship between imagination and compassion.
J. Greg Matthews
- HighBridge Company
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- Edition description:
- Unabridged; 7.5 hours
- Product dimensions:
- 5.13(w) x 5.88(h) x 0.60(d)
Meet the Author
CHRIS PATTON began his career in stage performance but later found his true calling in voice over. In addition to his work narrating audiobooks, Chris has also voiced over 160 animated titles, and numerous national and regional commercials. He has appeared at over seventy-five pop culture conventions internationally to discuss his craft and interact with fans of his expansive fan base.
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