Joe Barrett’s folksy voice is a great choice for this unusual audiobook. The novel takes its strange turn early on when a Vermont couple, desolate in their unanswered longing for a child, adopts a chimpanzee to complete their family. This unique choice sets the tone for this animal-rights-manifesto-meets-cautionary-tale. Barrett moves confidently between the family's nontraditional home and a Florida research institute that specializes in primates. He’s comfortable with the author’s style, which ranges from complex narrative to simple primate-inspired sentences. While the story itself may appeal to a narrow audience—one that is willing to both suspend disbelief and look at animal rights issues from an uncomfortable angle—Barrett is the kind of narrator anyone can embrace. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2013]
Trade Ed. AudioGO 2013
CD ISBN 9781482925364 $32.95 Eight CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Library Ed. AudioGO 2013
CD ISBN 9781482925340 $100.00 Eight CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781482925357 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
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