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Robert Petkoff as Bruno adapts a scholarly tone with a melodic enunciation of each word. He’s so convincing, there is no doubt that if a chimpanzee could speak, he would sound exactly like Petkoff. His affectations when taking on the characters of Lydia and others throughout the novel are equally skillful. But what really sets him apart from other narrators may be the recitation of animal vocals his chimpanzee squawks and guttural grunts would easily persuade a chimpanzee that he was of like DNA. Bruno is, if nothing else, a detailed storyteller (he drones on for at least 10 minutes about the appearance of a janitor in the research facility). This has the potential to get tiresome, but Petkoff’s sense of timing and drama combined with the vocabulary talent of author Benjamin Hale manage to make the minutiae come alive, so that descriptions are craved and not dreaded.
The plotline of Bruno Littlemore is so creative and far-fetched, yet simultaneously so intensely real and believable the hallmark of genius story-telling. Colleen Oakley
Like its protagonist, this novel is big, loud, abrasive, witty, perverse, earnest, and amazingly accomplished. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore goes beyond satire by showing us not what it means, but what it feels like be human - to love and lose, learn, aspire, grasp, and, in the end, to fail.
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By Casey Keller on 03-08-11
Prepare To Be Dazzled!
The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore is an amazing novel. It is often hilarious, occasionally revolting and never stops asking, "What exactly does it mean to be human?"
Bruno Littlemore experiences life on both sides of the glass wall that separates the chimpanzees from the visitors at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. That unique perspective is what makes this book so wonderful.
This is Benjamin Hale's first novel and he's created something very special. Robert Petkoff does a tremendous job reading the book.
This is the kind of book I will listen to again and again and every time find something new and amazing.
Do yourself a favor and get this book. And once you've read it, tell all your friends about it. I have.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Susan on 03-04-11
Unique, compelling, fun!
What a great book. This fantasy world of Bruno has to be enjoyed by anyone who wants to escape the normal. I laughed out-loud many times while listening to this book. The reader has an excellent voice and enhances the experience. Loved it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful