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Planet of the Apes Audiobook

Planet of the Apes

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jim "The Impatient" 08-05-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "ORANGUTANS ARE OFFICIAL SCIENCE"

    GORILLAS ARE MEAT EATERS
    This is a great intelligent read. If you pick this up looking forward to the campy war like gorillas in the movie, you will be disappointed. Gorillas are the physical ones, they do hunt and kill humans, but instead of wearing leather, they wear the clothes of gentlemen.

    ORANGUTANS
    They are the stogy heads of science. THEY READ BOOKS, THAN WRITE BOOKS, REPEATING WHAT THEY READ. They have little imagination, but lots of power. I am wondering if Boulle was making a statement about a certain group of scientists?

    The Chimps
    All science advancements come from this group. They are they opened minded ones with imagination.

    The story
    This is more of an intellectual read with discussions on evolution, devolution, treatment of animals in labs and much more than the movies. The movies are good, but they went they way of more violence to get the ratings. I like the book, much better. The book has it's own twists and turns, that goes one better than the movie. Writing is superb, with plenty of story and intensity.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Xenobia 05-18-15
    Xenobia 05-18-15 Member Since 2016
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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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    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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    Brooklynown Brooklyn 07-18-17
    Brooklynown Brooklyn 07-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "So so"

    I expected a much smarter book and instead the author manages to be very old school French: racist, mysoginist, anthropocentric, pompous. The "science" is extremely bad and in many points plainly dumb. Only the idea remains which is very good and for a good reason has been adapted in several movies.

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    "Thrilling!"

    An incredible and gripping tale. A magical romp through the nature of man and beast. The Planet of the Apes is a social commentary on man, his beliefs, and his temporary place in the univerae.

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    Amazon Customer 06-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book"

    Very hard to come to grips of humans not being the dominant species. It was a huge reflection on how we as humans treat other species. Tons of sorrows and triumphs. I wish it was longer.

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    Karl Juhlke 02-17-17
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    "Great Story"

    It's a fantastic story, read by someone who conveys the characters' emotions and tone well. I had seen all of the movies before listening to this, and was happy to find some element of surprise and intrigue throughout the book. A must listen for any science fiction fan.

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    James 01-25-17
    James 01-25-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Head Scratcher!"

    It's interesting how movie makers deviate from the story, and make their own story. However, I can imagine how difficult it might be to translate this original story to screen. The idea of finding a planet quite similar to earth wherein the homosapiens have devolved and the homosimians have superseded humans in all areas must have been shocking. The author does not explain how or why this occurred, but does describe in vivid detail the difference between the humans and the apes on Soror; how the apes are completely superior and civilized as compared to the humans in every way. The ending is as much of a shock as the original 1968 film and the 2001 remake. I wonder how readers reacted when this first was issued. And to think the same author wrote "Bridge on the River Kwai"!

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