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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,370 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurence Gonzales Narrator: Abby Craden, Kim Mai Guest Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Laurence Gonzales’s electrifying adventure opens in the jungles of the Congo. Jenny Lowe, a primatologist studying chimpanzees—the bonobos—is running for her life.A civil war has exploded and Jenny is trapped in its crosshairs . . . She runs to the camp of a fellow primatologist.The rebels have already been there.Everyone is dead except a young girl, the daughter of Jenny’s brutally murdered fellow scientist—and competitor.Jenny and the child flee, Jenny grabbing the notebooks of the primatologist who’s been killed. She brings the girl to Chicago to await the discovery of her relatives. The girl is fifteen and lovely—her name is Lucy.Realizing that the child has no living relatives, Jenny begins to care for her as her own. When she reads the notebooks written by Lucy’s father, she discovers that the adorable, lovely, magical Lucy is the result of an experiment. She is part human, part ape—a hybrid human being . . . Laurence Gonzales’s novel grabs you from its opening pages and you stay with it, mesmerized by the shy but fierce, wonderfully winning Lucy.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cristen | 2/18/2014

    " I was looking forward to this book. The idea was an interesting one. Unfortunately, it was poorly executed. The writing was bland, the characters were unbelievable, and after getting through 3/4ths of the book, I still didn't care about any of it. I gave up without even skipping to the end to see what happened. Failures like this make me miss Michael Crichton. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Savannah | 2/18/2014

    " A sweet and respectful handling of the notion of a cross-red human. It sets the story amidst an indictment of modern politics and society, especially as driven by reactionary religious opinions and the loss of rights by American citizens, and allows the tragedy they brew to nearly play out. It was a much more dainty and sympathetic to the protagonist treatment than I really expected: not a heavy-handed thriller, it lets your own disgust handle all the drama. Nicely done, if not monumentally memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marie | 2/16/2014

    " I really like the relationships among the characters in this book. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be like at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 2/8/2014

    " I thought this book was good, but the ending was very anti-climactic. It was okay, but not the best book I've ever read. :-/ "

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About the Author

Laurence Gonzales is an award-winning author and a contributing editor at National Geographic Adventure. He has written for Outside, Harpers, and Men's Journal, among other magazines. He has won two National Magazine Awards and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.