Greg Wise reads Pierre Boulle's chilling, iconic novel about a nightmare world where apes rule over men. In a spaceship that can travel at the speed of light, Ulysse, a journalist, sets off from Earth for the nearest solar system. He finds there a planet which resembles his own, except that on Soror humans behave like animals and are hunted by a civilised race of primates. Captured and sent to a research facility, Ulysse must convince the apes of their mutual origins. But such revelations have always been greeted by prejudice and fear...
The inspiration for several acclaimed cult films, Planet of the Apes is both a gripping, disturbing fable and a classic of science fiction.
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I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!
This was an excellent book, even if you've enjoyed the original film (and who hasn't?). You can clearly see the inspiration for the classic movie, but the book moves in a slightly different direction. You will find the principle characters of Nova, Cornelius, Zira, and Dr. Zaius. Beyond that, I won't divulge any specifics about the story, as it has its own little twists and turns. For the Planet of the Apes completist, I say quit monkeying around and listen to this one!
Even if you're very familiar with the classic 1968 Charlton Heston movie, there are a few surprises and plot twists here that make this an interesting and exciting listen. The main character is Ulysse, a French journalist who journeys with two other intrepid astronauts to the distant star, Betelgeuse, where they, of course, come upon the Planet of the Apes, inhabited by primitive humans and technologically advanced chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. The themes are somewhat different from those of the movie, but this is a well written and exciting book with a tightly-constructed plot, which also raises interesting questions about the ethics of animal research and social behaviors which can bring about the death of a civilization. Well narrated.
I love this book so much that I was sad that Pierre Boulle had no other books on audible to offer. He does an excellent job of verbalizing the main characters frustration with trying to prove his intellect to the apes without losing his mind.
Nova, she's definitely not that bright but I do appreciate that she gets smarter... maybe not smart enough to graduate from the third grade but it's a start.
The end... I have nothing left to say about it but it was quite the ending.
If I didn't have to work and eat, I would have listened in one sitting.
I hope more of his writing gets translated into english and become available on audible
Years ago I saw the planet of the apes movies and thought they were excellent science fiction movies. I stumbled onto this audio book and took a chance on it - so glad I did. I always thought that the original movie had an iconic ending, but honestly the ending of the book is even better. The writing is clever and the story line unique. The characters are interesting and well developed. The narrator does an outstanding job. It is just an excellent book, if you enjoy science fiction I would highly recommend this book. The ending is a complete surprise, very different from the movie.
Love this story science I was a kid....now I'm 52...and always wanted to read the Genesis of so many awsome movies and the modern remakes.
Binge listened over the weekend. Great fun.
Having seen all of the movies and enjoying every variation, I thought this was excellent. Just view it as another imagining of the story(albeit the original), and you will love it
I finished this in 4 days. I couldn't stop listening. i like how it differs from the Heston film version. similar, but definitely different. loved it. recommend to anyone interested in planet of the apes series.
I would strongly recommend this book if they have enjoyed any of the Planet of the Apes films. It's fascinating to see the actual source of so many entertaining films and TV series. It's similar, yet very different.
This is the first Greg Wise performance I've listened to. He comes across as a very thoughtful and purposeful individual, which suits this book.
The ORIGINAL story, on screen at last!
I do have one complaint about this audio book. I had read the book fairly recently before hearing the audio, and I was mildly irritated that in most places, they replaced the word 'ape' with 'monkey'. It's PLANET OF THE APES, not MONKEYS!
Aside from that issue, this was a very well done audio book, and I'm glad to have it in my collection.
Planet of the Apes is one of the biggest Science Fiction series there is in the movie world. Pierre Boulle, wrote one of the greats story's of all time.
Lost on a Planet where humans can't speak and Apes run the world; Ulysse is now fighting for his life. All the major characters from the movie are in this book that started it all.
If you liked the movies then you will love this book.
"Forget the statue of liberty"
Probably not. I originally read it just so I know the "true" beginning of the film and TV etc phenomenon that is still active after nearly half a century. I ended up enjoying it in its own right, but its revelations are unlikely to surprise a second time.
It amused me that, according to the book, French will be the lingua franca in the far future. The landing on the alien planet was intriguing - and by the way, is emphatically not Earth. Honestly, what are the chances of a spaceship doing a 180 at the crucial moment and nobody realising? Imagine Neil Armstrong saying, "Tranquility base here, the Eagle has... hang on, that looks like Florida!"
There are some uncomfortable moments with the woman Nova - she really isn't treated well at times, but given how brutal the apes can be towards humans, I suppose she got off relatively lightly.
The main character's relationship with the chimpanzee Zira is... quite interesting. As I recall it was implied in the film, but here it's a little more explicit.
And there is a twist that is so much better than finding the Statue of Liberty, but to be fair it's not filmable.
No. The ones he's done so far are books I've read already or which don't interest me.
No, it's not a short story.
Satirical elements often throw me out of a story. This one didn't.
It would be nice if Boulle's other well know novel - Bridge over the River Kwai - could be made available on audio.
didn't turn it off for the first five chapters, loved reading it as a kid. Love this audio version. narrative is very good compared to some.
"Different to, but just as good as the films."
I've always enjoyed the original series of films, and certainly the most recent two 'reboots', but until now hadn't read/listened to the original story. This was largely as I'd never come across it. Needless to say it is both more low-key and more interesting in it's development. It varies from the films' storylines in crucial ways, including the iconic scene from the very first film. Nonetheless it has a strong twist which it carries well. I don't know of Pierre Boulle's thoughts behind the story: did he intend an interesting sci-fi Twilight Zone type story, or perhaps a variation on racial awareness, war, or perhaps nothing else at all. Nevertheless, it's well worth hearing and Greg Wise does a decent job of narrating the tale. I'm surprised that I haven't come across more of his work with audiobooks.
Even though we know it, it doesn't disappoint. What I find difficult to get my head around is that the same author penned Bridge Over the River Kwai.
"Totally unexpected and unlike the films"
I really liked this book, and the role reversal, it must have been considered a very odd book in its day. I really enjoyed the initial landing on this utopian planet & visualising the perfect Nova...and whoop! She snapped the pet monkey's neck - poor monkey! And soon forgotten! Although, I'm not sure if I'd have forgiven her for that! The ending was brilliant however the characters exit from the planet seemed like the author ran out of enthusiasm to complete the book and chose to summarise this complex task in a mere paragraph after it had occurred. Still, I really enjoyed this book and best of all it felt so different from the films I've seen.
"Of course the original but not the best"
I know we always bang on about books being better than movies but not in this case. Yes it was written years ago but that's no excuse. Give me Charlton Heston every time!
The narrator chooses to use bizarre American accents too. This is bad enough in music but best avoided in audiobooks.
Historical interest only to shut people up claiming that the book is always the best.
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