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3.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 5 3.85 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eoin Colfer Narrator: Euan Morton Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Benny Shaw Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545047623
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A poignant and witty tale of an unlikely friendship from the bestelling author of Artemis Fowl

For Benny Shaw, nothing could be worse than having to pick up and move to Africa. Nobody there plays his favorite sport, hurling, the Tunisian heat is grueling, and even his new school is weird with its lovey-dovey hippies for teachers. How will he ever adjust to such a strange place?

Then Benny meets Omar, an orphan whose "English" has come from watching TV, and his life skills from surviving on the streets. The two strike up a friendship and their madcap antics quickly become the bane of village life. But when real life intervenes, the boys must take on their biggest and most dangerous ch
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fans of Irish author Colfer’s Artemis Fowl will find this contemporary novel a real change of pace…Readers will hope that the story’s sequel, Benny and Babe, will cross the Atlantic soon.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Benny and Omar is an interesting and eye-opening study in contrasts—how Europeans and Tunisians live side by side in the same country—and a sometimes hair-raising, comic adventure…For libraries that have Colfer’s Artemis Fowl, Benny and Omar is a natural addition that likely will spawn a sequel.”

    Booklist

  • “This is a funny, fast-paced read, despite the Irish slang, that provides a wonderful glimpse into some very non-American worlds.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Readers who like sports and fast-paced adventures will love the plot.”

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 2/3/2014

    " Benny's family is moving from Ireland to Tunisia for his Da's work. A devoted hurler, Benny must adjust to these exotic surroundings. Enter Omar--an orphan who has learned English from watching TV. There is lots of humor, and excitement. The narrator was fantastic, and brought the two cultures to life. I'll be looking for more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arianne Zahra | 2/1/2014

    " A must read book... I laughed, I cried, I marveled at Eoin Colfer's choice of words! Putting up with Benny's hilarious adventure in a Muslim country is life-changing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/29/2014

    " read in primary school, remember it being good, recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 1/26/2014

    " Surprisingly, this book captured my interest from the beginning. As two cultures collide, the characters gain a life-education that could be gained no other way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phoebe | 1/15/2014

    " Benny is uprooted from everything he loves and values when it's either no job or a promotion for his dad--in Tunisia. The family settles into a "village"--a settlement funded and maintained by Eurogas, his dad's employer. There are many luxuries, including a swimming pool--but just on the other side of the wall Benny discovers a street kid, Omar, whose survival mode lifestyle makes Benny rethink everything he has. But it doesn't really hit home until the day Omar takes him to see his sister, who is restrained to a bed and drugged out of her mind at the local psychiatric institution. Benny learns what happened to Omar and his family--and realizes that if Omar needs his help, Benny needs to give it--but the consequences are not easy. This is a powerfully written story, often times very funny, but with a serious undertone--readers will be moved and enchanted. Sometimes hard to get through the Irish slang but this is a minor detail. Junior high and up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 1/9/2014

    " Benny is an Irish kid who is really into hurling, an Irish sport. His family has to move to Tunisia for a job. Benny doesn't like Tunisia very much until he meets Omar, an orphan kid who speaks very little English, just what he has learned on TV. Benny's parents aren't too keen on Omar and don't want Benny hanging out with him. It's not clear to me why they don't like him so much and it almost feels oddly racist, like they don't want him to hang out with Tunisian kids? The book was very slow and the audiobook was not good in my opinion, partly because I had a hard time understanding the reader, especially when reading Omar's parts. I didn't finish this one, but apparently the ending is sad, (view spoiler)[with Omar dying (hide spoiler)]. Perhaps this would be good for a middle school boy into sports who needs to read a book set in a different country. Or just middle school boys who like realistic fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aaron | 11/24/2013

    " Half-way through I quit. BOOOOOORing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 11/6/2013

    " Felt like it was trying really hard to be the kind of book the teacher makes you read in class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayesy | 10/21/2013

    " 85/100 A fantastic read. Funny, Meaningful, and beautifully written. You really can't go wrong with Colfer. There's not really too much else to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 th3rese | 7/13/2013

    " I read this book first in 2009 for my school assignment, and it's a wonderful story about family and friendship between two different boys. I read again this year....... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 4/14/2013

    " I just couldn't really get into this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grayson | 10/5/2012

    " This is about a boy named Benny who meets and orphan named Omar who can barely speak english. A sad tale about how Benny helps Omar survive, or die. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Layman | 8/28/2012

    " An excellent new series by Mr. Colfer. It has all the charm of his other books that make his reading the perfect audiobook for traveling. It is enjoyed by all ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 7/18/2012

    " Absolutely side-splitting it a great story my fav book besides benny and babe!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/21/2012

    " The wonderful blend of humor, sports and adventure make this a great books for guys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qing | 6/13/2011

    " It was amusing, slightly unpredictable, and the characters fairly pop out at you.^^^^I absolutely love how Colfer only used typically spoken phrases from television/movies for Omar's English dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 6/8/2011

    " Sad ending, but extremely gratifying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 5/4/2011

    " You really can't go wrong with Eoin Colfer. Except for that one book of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Therese | 3/27/2011

    " I read this book first in 2009 for my school assignment, and it's a wonderful story about family and friendship between two different boys. I read again this year....... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 clarinet_friend13 | 1/18/2011

    " Good book, but became boring after a while. The ending was really suspenseful, and had me on my toes the whole entire time. Benny is really bratty, and I feel for George. Poor Georgie. Anyways, I tried to read Benny and Babe after Benny and Omar, but....SO BORING! Sorry! This one is good, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qing | 1/14/2011

    " It was amusing, slightly unpredictable, and the characters fairly pop out at you.^^^^I absolutely love how Colfer only used typically spoken phrases from television/movies for Omar's English dialogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayesy | 7/8/2010

    " 85/100 A fantastic read. Funny, Meaningful, and beautifully written. You really can't go wrong with Colfer. There's not really too much else to say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 6/4/2010

    " Sweet book, not really something of my tastes though.
    Definitely for the younger audiences.
    Unfortuantly, it took me a very long time to finish this as it wasn't very exciting.
    But again, more for the younger audiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 2/15/2010

    " Absolutely side-splitting it a great story my fav book besides benny and babe!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 6/10/2009

    " read in primary school, remember it being good, recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grayson | 5/13/2009

    " This is about a boy named Benny who meets and orphan named Omar who can barely speak english. A sad tale about how Benny helps Omar survive, or die. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 12/3/2008

    " You really can't go wrong with Eoin Colfer. Except for that one book of his. "

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About the Author
Author Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series, among many other works. He was born in Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965 and first developed an interest in writing in elementary school, captivated by the Viking stories inspired by history that he was reading at the time. He has worked in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Italy, and his first book, Benny and Omar, published in 1998, was based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. In 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published to great success. His Artemis Fowl books have now sold over twelve million copies worldwide.

About the Narrator

Euan Morton is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. As an actor and singer, he is best known for his role as Boy George in the musical Taboo. His performance earned him many accolades, including nominations for a Laurence Olivier Award and a Tony Award. Other theater credits include The Silent Treatment at London’s Finborough Theatre, Brundibar at the New Victory Theater, and Measure for Pleasure at the Public Theater.