A Beautiful Truth

Author(s): Colin McAdam
Original Publish Date: Sep 17, 2013
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.13 hours)
Product Number: Z100063699
Released: Sep 17, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781482909241
Narrator/s: Joe Barrett
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Told simultaneously from the perspective of humans and chimpanzees, A Beautiful Truth-at times brutal, other times deeply moving-is about the simple truths that transcend species, the meaning of family, the lure of belonging, and the capacity for survival. Looeeis forever set apart, a chimp raised by a well-meaning and compassionate human couple in Vermont who cannot conceive a baby of their own. He's not human, but with his peculiar upbringing he is no longer like other chimps. One tragic night Looee's two natures collide, and this unique family is forever changed. At the Girdish Institute in Florida, a group of chimpanzees has been studied for decades. The work at Girdish has proved that chimps have memories and solve problems, that they can learn language and need friends, and that they build complex cultures. They are political, altruistic, and capable of anger and forgiveness. When Looee is moved to the institute, he is forced to try to find a place in this new world. A Beautiful Truth is an epic and heartfelt story about parenthood, friendship, loneliness, fear, and conflict, about the things we hold sacred as humans and how much we have in common with our animal relatives. A novel of great heart and wisdom from a literary master, it exposes the yearnings, cruelty, and resilience of all great apes.

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Author(s): Colin McAdam
Product Number EB00183876
Released: Jan 17, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: #9781616953164

Professional reviews

"Joe BarrettÕs 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. HeÕs comfortable with the authorÕs style, which ranges from complex narrative to simple primate-inspired sentences. While the story itself may appeal to a narrow audienceÑone that is willing to both suspend disbelief and look at animal rights issues from an uncomfortable angleÑBarrett is the kind of narrator anyone can embrace. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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