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4.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 5 4.43 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Preston Narrator: Sandra Burr, Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781423386322
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Jennie is the story of an orphaned chimpanzee who grows up with her adopted human family. Jennie adapts to her surroundings quickly, to enjoy the pursuits of the average young person - riding her own tricycle, playing with her pet kitten and Barbie, and fighting with her siblings. Written as a fictional oral history, Jennie tells the story of the Archibalds, the Boston-area family that took in the chimp from 1965 to 1975, and the ensuing family and scientific debates. Jennie's story is hilarious, poignant, and, in times, desperately sad. Based on accounts of six different cases of chimps in human surroundings, Jennie will make you laugh, fill you with wonder, and make your heart go out to a touching and warm character unlike any other - Jennie. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 2/15/2014

    " 10 out of 10 Hey where's the review I just typed??! Well here goes again: This is one of only two books I've read in my lifetime that brought tears to my eyes. I've always been an animal lover but this book made me realise just how alike the great apes are to us and they really need to be protected before they are wiped out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 2/14/2014

    " Science fiction based on real instances of chimps raised by humans. Not a whirlwind thriller like most of the Preston/Child collaborations, but well researched. It follows the point of view of several characters through diary entries, interviews, and letters. I laughed, I cried, I sobbed at the end. It's one of those animal stories. But it has piqued my interest in reading some of the non-fiction of Jane Goodall. Written with clarity and realism I had to keep reminding myself if was fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacia | 1/31/2014

    " Douglas Preston's first novel (published in 1994)is a fictionalized account of one chimpanzee named Jennie who is raised from birth as a member of the Archibald family. Derived from four very real, and tragic, histories of chimpanzees raised as children in family homes, the story is told through "interviews" and "journals" of the characters involved. Jennie, like the actual chimpanzees the story is based on, learned American Sign Language and established relationship bonds with people. The novel incorporates some of the actual scientific experiments and results. Facinating read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene Grant | 1/18/2014

    " I loved this endearing, loving and sad book about raising chimpanzees in a human home. Made me cry! I will so support the organizations that are out there trying to protect chimps and apes in the wild. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lu | 1/17/2014

    " Fiction based on several anthropological studies with the great apes. I loved every word "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacy | 1/6/2014

    " Sweet. Sorrowful. Creative way to put a true story to the page. I wish I could have met Jennie--a chimp that was brought home by a scientist and raised as a child. She is adorable! And incorrigible. And darling. Pretty crazy story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/3/2013

    " Fantastic read. really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse | 11/18/2013

    " ficton that reads like the truth. a sad ending, though. the whole story is very plausible, probably because it's heavily based on lots of different true events - they just didnt happen all to the same person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 10/25/2013

    " Very good and realistic, but extremely depressing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rahil Dalal | 10/10/2013

    " It a very heart touching story of a chimpanzee and will really make you cry towards the end. So, if you have a light heart then don't ever go for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wenjia | 8/20/2013

    " One of the best books I've read, compelling, thought provoking and even funny. You can't help but love Jennie and feel for the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iona Horn-hallstrom | 7/18/2013

    " Very thought provoking and a little sad. I enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Nesom | 3/12/2013

    " It was very good. Very compelling story and easy to believe, even though it was fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/16/2012

    " i didn't care about the chimp. i liked the way the author handled all the first person voices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 6/26/2012

    " This novel will make you question the notion of what is right, have tissues handy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 5/1/2012

    " Truly a gripping and fasinating story. One of Preston's greatest works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 2/5/2012

    " This book alternated between humorous, insightful, and heartbreaking. It gets 5 stars for its realistic portrayal of a chimpanzee raised in a human family and the unforeseen consequences of such a situation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mainrun | 12/31/2011

    " Not a bad book by a guy who has written some good and bad books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 9/28/2011

    " I enjoyed it a lot -- very well written. The story line seemed very plausible to me, and I really connected with the family that was raising Jennie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/19/2011

    " This is a semi-fictionalized account of the story that inspired Curios George. Based on reality, what happens when a chimp is raised as a human child. The end will make you cry and you will walk away from it completely charmed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Mcpherson | 9/14/2011

    " Picked this book up at a dollar store not thinking it would be so great. It's really powerful, be ready to cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/8/2011

    " This book really struck a chord with me. It was a remarkable touching story! I can't look at any type of primate without thinking of this book and the awarness it brought out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 9/20/2010

    " Picked this book up at a dollar store not thinking it would be so great. It's really powerful, be ready to cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 1/26/2010

    " I loved this endearing, loving and sad book about raising chimpanzees in a human home. Made me cry! I will so support the organizations that are out there trying to protect chimps and apes in the wild. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/5/2009

    " i didn't care about the chimp. i liked the way the author handled all the first person voices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 5/10/2009

    " This novel will make you question the notion of what is right, have tissues handy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/16/2009

    " Fantastic read. really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacy | 2/2/2009

    " Sweet. Sorrowful. Creative way to put a true story to the page. I wish I could have met Jennie--a chimp that was brought home by a scientist and raised as a child. She is adorable! And incorrigible. And darling. Pretty crazy story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 2/23/2008

    " Very good and realistic, but extremely depressing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 7/9/2007

    " This book alternated between humorous, insightful, and heartbreaking. It gets 5 stars for its realistic portrayal of a chimpanzee raised in a human family and the unforeseen consequences of such a situation. "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History. He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West. He and author Lincoln Child have cowritten numerous bestselling thrillers.

About the Narrators

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.