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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Official Movie Novelization | [Alex Irvine]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Official Movie Novelization

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
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A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 07-22-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 07-22-14 Member Since 2011

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    "retelling of a classic tale"

    This is a retelling of a classic tale that I believe will continue to be retold as society continue to develop and change. Paired with a very capable narrator, it will be very difficult for this movie novelization to fail.

    Humans have been all but wiped out by a mysterious virus that originated in the apes that were being experimented on. 10 years have passed since the first movie, I don't think they made a novelization of it. This must be some sort of a newer way to gain publicity. That doesn't bother me at all. Cesar has led his band of ape into Muir woods. Successfully creating a new society where ever type of ape lives together in harmony. As their golden rule states: "Ape shall not kill ape".

    Everything is going fine for our primate friends. Until they had the bad luck to bump into some human survivors of the plague. This is where the internal struggles of some of the tribe members comes to the surface. Cesar is overthrown as leader and must fight, life or death, to regain his authority.

    I think the only reason the humans are even in these stories is to make people want to read or watch the movie. All they were were the antagonists to our protagonist apes. I was able to fully relate and care for man of the apes in the tribe.

    The same day that I finished listening to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Official Movie Novelization, the wife and I went to the theater to see it on the big screen. Boy was I disappointed with the movie. Don't get me wrong the movie was some fun eye candy, with ridiculous 3D animation that was out of this world. Yet the movie version left out so many, what I thought were, key items in the plot.

    I would highly recommend listening to instead of watching the movie. I got more out of it.

    The movie focus mostly on the human ape interactions while the audiobook focuses on the ape ape interactions. That just so happens to have people in it. Oh and the afterward of the book lays out a great way to continue expanding this new classic retelling.

    What can I say about Christian Rummel, only one of my favorite narrators. He was easily able to breathe life into this story. Yelling when it called for it. The jumbled slightly distorted speech of Cesar was perfect. The vocal range of a guy who seems to have a pretty naturally deep voice is quite extraordinary. Fill every sentence with the proper emotional filled ear candy.

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    DCLWolf Colorado Springs, Colorado 07-20-14
    DCLWolf Colorado Springs, Colorado 07-20-14 Member Since 2006

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    Excellent novelization by Alex Irvine, and in fact, in considering this Audible performance by Christian Rummel, it is better to think of this media art as something other, and perhaps better than a "movie version" or even an original novel (if it existed), and I think this is much closer to the old-time radio experience, where a story comes alive and plays more than a movie in the imagination. You have an exciting story that furiously knocks you over, and yet you have all the deeper questions, thought sparks, and fantastic nuances of Pierre Boulle's original work. Rummel's reading is deep, aggressive, and musical, and if there is any minor complaint, it would be in his voice interpretation of the one female character, which is somewhat cringe-worthy (but it is a very small criticism, and does not detract from the overall production). This is a great "Ape-pocalipse" story that rivals the horror of any zombie end of days (and yet, we find ourselves rooting for the apes, well, you know, mostly). All in all, this is a credit-worthy listen. Art et Amour Toujours

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    Amazon Customer United States 07-21-14
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    This was very enjoyable. I am going to have to go see the movie now. The narration was very good and written very well. I couldn't stop listening.

    Good Job!

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 09-08-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 09-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    It's always a treat to have your expectations exceeded. I approach this book with some trepidation knowing this was book written to support a Hollywood movie. It was on sale however, and judged the risk to be low. I'm glad I took that risk.

    In many ways the book is better than the movie. Books can describe characters internal thoughts and emotions; an area movies fail at. Of course, being a book created purely for entertainment, it is not a work of classic literature, but the well paced story line combined with a good performance by the narrator should give any listener an entertaining experience.

    Give this one a try. You will likely be as pleasantly surprised as I was.

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    Angie D Vallejo, CA 08-27-14
    Angie D Vallejo, CA 08-27-14 Member Since 2013

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    Would you listen to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes again? Why?

    Yes, it was awesome! I felt like I was watching the movie yet I was listening to an audible. I also enjoyed being able to get into Caesar's head and understand his actions on a deeper level than I probably would have by simply watching the movie.


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    Old Hippy PA 08-16-14
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    What did you love best about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?

    Well, I didn't "love" it, but I enjoyed it. It was certainly way better than I expected.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I believe this is a novelization of the movie - so, hard to say. All these post-apocalyptic yarns tend to be pretty formulaic. It holds your interest, and the narration was top notch. But, really now, you kinda really know how it's gonna end, right?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


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    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 08-05-14
    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 08-05-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great listen"

    Much better than I expected. This is full of non stop action. Makes me want to see the movie.

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    Susan PUNTA GORDA, FL, United States 07-31-14
    Susan PUNTA GORDA, FL, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2011

    Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!

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    Would you listen to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes again? Why?

    Yes, I would! I was raised in the Planet of the Apes era and I am excited to see them coming to life again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?

    WOW thats hard to say. The book kept my attention all the way to the end, and if you have seen the movie you could hear and see it being played out. Very good job


    What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Christian was excited,read perfectly and gave the story exactly what I wanted.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The film has already been made and I couldn't do it any better..


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    wiznut 07-30-14
    wiznut 07-30-14 Member Since 2013

    A greater understanding is what I seek. With this I hope to enrich my knowledge of life and my legacy. Why Dad?Well here's a head start son

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    Where does Dawn of the Planet of the Apes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a fan of evolutionary psychology, science, and science fiction so this movie to book adaptation was on my entertainment listening list.


    What other book might you compare Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to and why?

    Enemy Mind. It's a classic self reflection look that forces you to face your own actions as seen through an others eyes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No spoilers from me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a fun ride with more depth than expected.


    Any additional comments?

    Movie to book writes are normals not this well written. This one did well and i would suggest it to any fantasy or science fiction fans.

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  • garry
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    "Caesar's Back"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but the audio version is fantastic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?

    Too many to mention without spoiling the story for other readers


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book for all Planet of the Apes fans out there

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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