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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,002 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kenneth Oppel Narrator: Daniel di Tomass Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For 13 years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. But all that changes when his mother brings home Zan - an eight-day-old chimpanzee. Ben's father, a renowned behavioral scientist, has uprooted the family to pursue his latest research project: a high-profile experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills. Ben's parents tell him to treat Zan like a little brother. Ben reluctantly agrees. At least now he's not the only one his father's going to scrutinize.

It isn't long before Ben is Zan's favorite, and Ben starts to see Zan as more than just an experiment. His father disagrees. Soon Ben is forced to make a critical choice between what he is told to believe and what he knows to be true - between obeying his father or protecting his brother from an unimaginable fate.

Half Brother isn't just a story about a boy and a chimp. It's about the way families are made, the way humanity is judged, the way easy choices become hard ones, and how you can't always do right by the people and animals you love. In the hands of master storyteller Kenneth Oppel, it's a novel you won't soon forget.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by MrsB | 2/17/2014

    " RFL 2012 This is a pretty intense book for middle schoolers but still interesting for the high schoolers. It takes place in the 1970's and looks at what happens when a family attempts to raise a chimp as a human to see if he can acquire and use ASL. There are many other complex developments, as there usually are with an Oppel book. The only thing I didn't really care for is that this is one of those books where there just can't be a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexandria Chadwick | 2/9/2014

    " Awwww this book was so sweet! Ben has such a kind heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon | 1/25/2014

    " I was moved by this story of an experiment gone wrong. When Ben's Dad, an esteemed professor, tells his family that a chimp will be moving in with them and be part of a study on language and chimps, Ben takes it fairly well. When he is told he will have to accept the chimp as a little brother Ben balks. Zan (the chimp) makes inroads into Ben's heart and when the experiment begins to fail, Ben takes an emotional hit he never saw coming. Loved this story on all sorts of levels-great coming of age story, peer influence, family relations and a chimp whose only crime was being born. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Krissy | 1/17/2014

    " Three stars because there were some parts I absolutely loved (pass the tissues--sniff, sniff), but others that I didn't care a bit to read (adolescent boy hormones). The story gets a bit implausible at times, but the relationship between Ben and Zan is touching and tear jerking. "

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