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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: July 2010 ISBN: 9780307735362
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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 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 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 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 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. :-/ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/1/2014

    " I really liked the concept and the story, but the writing left something to be desired. It could have been much more thought-provoking but instead it was more like a beach read (there were definitely times, though, that I couldn't put it down). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zach Bartell | 1/31/2014

    " What starts out as a novel built more or less around a gimmick, becomes ultimately an emotionally stirring depiction of ideal friendship and primal love. Though the narration sometimes confuses, the novel concludes satisfactorily. The main characters' love for each other contrasts well the cold superstitious hate of the "moral majority". All in all, a very satisfying book. I recommend it highly for those looking for a good adventure story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 1/19/2014

    " This book was amazing. It reminded me of Eva by Peter Dickinson. Heartbreaking and so true to human nature-I definitely recommend reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/7/2014

    " A really interesting premise drew me in to this book. I thought the story started strongly, but got less believable (and more predictable) toward the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristine | 12/25/2013

    " I only made it to page 169 before I quit this book. Two stars for interesting premise but I thought it was poorly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elizabeth | 12/8/2013

    " can't get it out of my mind. would make a great movie....worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 11/5/2013

    " An excellent read, plus it really makes you think, what if? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 10/16/2013

    " a 2 1/2 really. It had the makings of a great story but it didn't come together. Still not sure why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 t m | 10/12/2013

    " This book was a wonderful read; I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Mehring | 8/16/2013

    " Raises questions about animal/human rights, politics, and genetics. I found this book compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 4/27/2013

    " Similar to a Michael Crichton book, but with female characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Sorrells | 1/12/2013

    " A really heartbreaking book about what it means to be human and, more important, what it means to be a family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Handley | 1/3/2013

    " There are definitely some issues with the writing and the science, but it was a reasonably compelling read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 8/3/2012

    " Gonzales' novel of a bonobo-human hybrid gets 4 stars for its premise, but only 2 stars for the execution - thus my rating of 3 stars. Fascinating as the premise is and likable as the characters are, Lucy just can't overcome its lackluster plot and prose. Crichton fans will likely love it, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Davis | 2/1/2012

    " This is not literature! The writing is horrible. But it is a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/23/2012

    " Only MILDLY a fantasy. Lucy, the eponymous heroine, is part human, part bonobo. Her father was trying to save both humans and bonobos with his hybridization experiments, but that doesn't protect Lucy when the bad guys figure out what she is. . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Williamson | 6/1/2011

    " Read this because my husband got all excited about a review on NPR. Interesting but, it has been done before by other authors and was almost too predictable once I got into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 5/21/2011

    " A really interesting premise drew me in to this book. I thought the story started strongly, but got less believable (and more predictable) toward the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 5/18/2011

    " This is an okay read -- very interesting premise and very thought-provoking.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 5/2/2011

    " Really interesting premise. I recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzan | 4/25/2011

    " A wonderful, fascinating and thought provoking book. The characters are well developed, you love each of them by the end. The settings are well fleshed out. The transitions between settings are a often bit clumsy but I couldn't put the book down. A wonderful read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 4/22/2011

    " I have to admit that I enjoyed this much more than other reviewers. I really liked this authors non-fiction work and was impressed by his efforts here. I read a lot of fiction so it is very easy for me to accept impossible technologies as part of the story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/17/2011

    "
    I had heard that this was Michael Crichton-esque, and I can catch a glimpse, maybe, but Gonzales's writing doesn't quite measue up. Still a decent read.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sulochana | 4/14/2011

    " Concept is very interesting - but got a little predictable towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 4/12/2011

    " Very interesting. Makes you wonder if it could happen. Read it for my book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 3/30/2011

    " The MOST fantastic book I have read in a very long time! I was so taken by the pace and just couldn't put it down! I was sad when I came to the end because I just didn't want it to end! BRAVO! HIGHLY recommended!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 3/28/2011

    " a 2 1/2 really. It had the makings of a great story but it didn't come together. Still not sure why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 3/25/2011

    " Read Lucy via Kindle Reader on my iPad "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 3/22/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. I became engrossed in the story line and in the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 3/20/2011

    " fun biotech thriller. not great art, but a pretty good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 3/18/2011

    " Raises questions about animal/human rights, politics, and genetics. I found this book compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 3/14/2011

    " Good, a page turner, but the author clearly had an agenda and I didn't buy apes as morally superior to humans. "

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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.

About the Narrators

Abby Craden has been a professional actress and voice artist for over sixteen years and can be heard in numerous television and radio commercials, video games, and audiobooks. She has twice won the AudioFile Earphones Award.

Kim Mai Guest is a multilingual voice actress who has worked extensively in animation, video games, and audiobook narration. She has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a cofinalist in 2008 for the Audie Award for best science-fiction narration.