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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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    Xenobia 05-18-15
    Xenobia 05-18-15
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    "I have not criticism to offer"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end... I have nothing left to say about it but it was quite the ending.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I didn't have to work and eat, I would have listened in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope more of his writing gets translated into english and become available on audible

    1 of 1 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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    Amazon Customer 07-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent story!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent book! I seen the original movie that is based on this book. I really enjoyed it, so I've been wanting to read the novel ever since. I'm really glad I did because I enjoyed it much more than the movie adaptation.


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    Thomas Wells 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!!!"

    Far better than I expected! Fantastic story! Movies don't even touch this story really. Makes me think about how we "humans" treat other animals in life. What goes around comes around!

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    Jeffery stigler, OK, United States 04-21-15
    Jeffery stigler, OK, United States 04-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Movie, Great Book !"

    Great book could put it down. the narrative was very good. Great job all around
    well worth the read.

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    Mark Toney, AL United States 04-10-15
    Mark 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.

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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. 09-17-13
    Cam T. 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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  • john heys
    2/25/15
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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.

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  • Mr Dan H N
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    "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.

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  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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