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Planet of the Apes | [Pierre Boulle]

Planet of the Apes

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.
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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.

©1963 René Juillard (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Cage 05-21-12
    Cage 05-21-12

    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!

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    "Monkey Business..."

    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard L. Rubin Oakland, CA United States 08-20-12
    Richard L. Rubin Oakland, CA United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "You've Seen the Movies, Now Read the Book!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 04-10-15
    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 04-10-15 Member Since 2005
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    "The Movie was good, but the book is even better"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    STACY 02-07-15
    STACY 02-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"

    Very surprised that This book was a good read will be watching the movie next. Had to do for my fictions class.

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    Cam T. United States 09-17-13
    Cam T. United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2015

    "Reclusive Writer"

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    "The ORIGINAL Planet of the Apes"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Greg Wise’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


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

    The ORIGINAL story, on screen at last!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Rose San Antonio, TX, United States 03-08-13
    Rose San Antonio, TX, United States 03-08-13
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    "The Story that made the Movie Big"

    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.

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    非現実的な 08-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "It's Planet of the Apes not Planet of the Monkeys"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Get a better translation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love making a mental comparison between the novel and the MANY changes of the movie adaptation.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't know why the narrater has changes all references of Apes to Monkeys but it is extremely annoying.


    Could you see Planet of the Apes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes... Charlton Heston.


    Any additional comments?

    Other than the translator changing the word Apes to Monkeys, this is still a very interesting story and there is plenty of room for both the book and the movie to exist. They are both different enough the enjoy both independantly.

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    "wonderful."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • leemsey
    2/27/15
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    "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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