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Benny and Omar & Benny and Babe [Abridged, Audiobook] [Hardcover]

Eoin Colfer
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Book Description

30 July 2009

A bumper audiobook containing two fantastic early works by Eoin Colfer.

Benny and Omar

In my old school, we had fighting, no pool and there'd be vicious matches against the other schools . . . I miss all that stuff!

Moving to Africa is the worst thing that has ever happened to Benny Shaw. No one plays hurling (the best game on the planet) and the local school is run by hippies who like to talk about feelings. As if.

But when Benny meets wisecracking Omar (the name's Bond, James Bond Omar) who only speaks English in TV catchphrases, he decides that maybe life in this new country can be fun after all . . .

Benny and Babe

Benny glowered at her. Babe by name, but most certainly not by nature.

A summer in the Irish countryside is not Benny Shaw's idea of a good time. Especially since the people of Duncade don't appreciate him as the sporting prodigy that he is. All he gets is teasing, which is a favourite pastime of annoying tomboy Babe Meara.

Streetwise Benny has met his match and he doesn't know the rules of this particular game. And when Babe turns from a real pain into a real girl, the trouble well and truly begins.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Abridged edition edition (30 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141809116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141809113
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,079,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author



Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times best-selling author

of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series as well as Airman; Half Moon

Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books;

The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He was born in

Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four

brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher,

historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first

developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with

gripping Viking stories inspired by history that he was learning in

school at the time.

Eoin got his degree from Dublin University and qualified as a primary

school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he

and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi

Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published

in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been

translated into many languages; a sequel followed in 1999. In 2001, the

first Artemis Fowl book was published worldwide to much success -

shortly thereafter he left teaching to concentrate fully on his writing.

To this day, Eoin has written 6 Artemis Fowl books which have sold over

12 million copies worldwide.

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Review

'Eoin Colfer has a very cool line in storytelling.'

(RTE Guide RTE Guide)

'Hilarious -- there is hardly a page which will not have a reader laughing aloud'

(The Irish Times The Irish Times)

'I thought this book was brilliant. It is definitely a 'One to read' ... I would give this book 9 out of 10. If you want to improve your vocabulary read this book. It is one of the best books I've ever read.'

(Sixth-class reviewer - Wicklow People)

'Colfer smoothly layers adventure, moments of poignancy and subtle social commentary and his comic timing is pitch-perfect'

(Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly)

Listed in the 'Top ten essential books for every family'

(Sunday Business Post)

a great friendship story

(Mad About Books) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Eoin Colfer was born and raised in Wexford, where he still lives with his wife and children. Artemis Fowl, his first book featuring the now world-famous young anti-hero, was an immediate international bestseller and won the WHSmith 'People's Choice' Children's Book of the Year and Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. It was followed by five more hugely successful Artemis Fowl adventures, and well as the highly acclaimed The Supernaturalist, The Wish List, Half Moon Investigations and Airman.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book 31 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is about a young boy who moves to Africa.He doesn't give the place a chance and he hates it until he meets Omar,a Tunisian boy who can only speak the words he has heard on TV.A frindship blossoms but it also leeds them into a lot of trouble..... An excellent book with loads of laughs.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 21 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Benny and Omar is a great story about Benny(an Irish boy who loves hurling) and Omar(an Africa orphan living alone) Benny moves to Africa with his family because his father has to work there. He misses his friends in Ireland but the thing he misses most is hurling. He meets Omar who lives in a shed outside the village on his own, and watches a load of satelite TV. Omar can't speak english but he communicates in TV phrases. They become great friends and have loads of adventures together. This book is very good and well worth a read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Read 3 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
This story about an Irish lad Benny who has to move to Tuunisia with his family and meets a local lad Omar, will leave you spellbound. I could not put this book down until I had finished it. It will leave you in tears at the end. Having visited Tunisia many times, I have to say the book is totally accurate and portrays the country and especially Sfax, exactly as life is there still in 2007.
Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars International Coming-of-Age Story for Boys 3 Mar 2008
By Middle-aged Professor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My 12-year old son and I greatly enjoyed reading this funny, illuminating, and entertaining coming-of-age story. We haven't read Artemus Fowl, so I can't really compare it, but this book, on its own, is outstanding. It follows a familiar coming-of-age story arc---problem child runs into crisis from which he learns and grows---but the book offers so much more than that. The story is told from the perspective of the always-in-trouble protagonist, but without a hint of patronizing condescension. The "Irishness" of the book's language and culture, and the African setting both add deliciously to the mix. The story never flags: lots of laughter and no small amount of suspense. Clever and original; we loved it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To any one who say this books is stupid - grow up! 22 Dec 2003
By Moniker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book isn't supposed to be in the same style as Artemis Fowl. But, amazeningly, it far supasses it. The author weaves mystery, comedy and adventure in to a story whic to me, reminds me of a mixture of Survivor, Annie and the Producers.
The comedy is great. When i first read this book, i was 12, so i didn't reall y understand all of the jokes, but now, 2 years later, the jokes amuse to no end. The way that Benny and Omar communicate is classic, using TV terms like "I'm Bonds, James Bond Omar" to introduce ones self.
Okay. ENough of the fawning. Now to the plot. It's a great plot. Benny, a fairly self centered Irish preteen is moved with his family to Tunisia. There he teams up with a boy who lives in a cardboard box and has learn ed his english from TV. What follows is one of the best adeventures with children that i have ever read.
Omar, the boy, is basically living in poverty and with very little to survive on. He and BEnny instantly pair up and help each other out. Benny enjoys this all until Omar asks him to help kidnap Omars sick little sister.
Colfer writes it soooooo well. He had jokes at just the right time and develops Benny (and Omar a little bit) so well that you can really see the changes happening adn why. Despite the way that the book ended, i still enjoyed it emensly and Benny and Omar is one of my favorite books.
Ever.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 6 Feb 2010
By Kathy Kane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
a brilliant and hilarious plot,benny and omar is the best book i've read in ages! its a comedy,its action packed,its a bit romantic,its educational,and its a weepy too.i highly recommend for ages 10 to 100!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kati 16 Mar 2009
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Benny and Omar The O'Brien press, 2006, 279pp, $18.95
Eoin Colfer ISBN 978-1-4231-0281-6

What would you do if you had to move to Tunisia, Africa just because your dad got a promotion? Would you be happy for your dad and congratulate him? If you said yes to these questions then Benny did the exact opposite f you, in this fantastic realistic fiction by Eoin Colfer!!
Benny Shaw lives in his own little sarcastic and "not caring what other people think" kind of world. Having to move to Africa doesn't completely change that world, it just simply adjusts a little of it. There he finds out that the teachers' have their students call them by their first name but, Benny just calls them hippies. He also finds out that the students all hate him because of all his "negative energy," except one girl Grace that actually likes him. He also meets Omar who fools Benny into thinking he's still in Ireland
Each chapter has a title that's a little odd, for example chapter nine; Corpzublicked. It sounds weird now but throughout the book it explains itself.
I personally fell in love with this amazing book because it explains a crisis that a teenager would actually go through. I recommend this book to anyone that absolutely loves a good book! Eoin Colfer is a great author in this amazing thriller Benny and Omar!!

--Kati
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best friendship stories ever! 11 Dec 2008
By Pampered.Pixie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm a huge Artemis Fowl, so when I was at the library and I saw the book Benny and Omar by Eoin Colfer and decided to check it out. I LOVED it! Benny and Omar is the story of twelve year old Benny, who moves all the way from his home in Ireland to Tunisia. In Tunisia Benny has trouble making friends with the other European children in the village he moved too. (Benny's dad works at a EuroGas plant, so Benny's not actually in contact with many Tunisians.) When Benny works his way over the village wall he makes friends with Omar, a young local. Omar lives in a small shack outside the village Benny lives in. Benny and Omar quickly become friends, and as the two become closer Benny realizes the hardships his friend faces on a regular base.
This story is amazingly funny, but when you step back and look past the laughter you see an amazing peice of literature. This book should be read by everyone!
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