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Download Planet of the Apes Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,700 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pierre Boulle Narrator: Greg Wise Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corrie | 2/20/2014

    " It's a quick and easy read and quite the ripping yarn. Our human hero, Ulysse, is an appealing and compassionate intellectual, no "damn dirty apes" outcries here. Our chimp protangonists, Zira and Cornelious, are good natured but not hopelessly romantacized "good guys". They are only human after all... you know what I mean. Aspects of the book show up in the assorted movies but no theatrical version stays true to the intentions of the book which questions our ideas of intelligence and creativity. It is not the Ape revolution we need to fear, it's our own complacency and mental stagnation. Read this book. Then read another one. I for one, enjoy being the dominant species on Earth and hope that the video of a monkey washing a cat never ceases to be hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alshia Moyez | 2/19/2014

    " What I don't understand is this : How can a book go from around 128 pages (give or take) to 230+ in a 48 year time span. Hmm. Very Science-fictiony. I held the novella in my hand and it was paper-thin, like The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I wonder how thick The Outsiders has gotten over the years. It must be magic. In any event, the plot to Apes was amazingly original & thought-provoking. Again, if you don't like Sci-fi, you might get bored with this subject matter. I, on the other hand, LOVED IT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 suk | 2/10/2014

    " Great (and horrifying) concept. Fast-paced story with characters that you feel for and intriguing ideas. I felt so bad for the family at the end, although it's a relief to know that they didn't get captured and are instead just flying around on their spaceship. Although they are totally alone in the world and probably doomed to die in the spaceship, it's still nice to know they have each other. The end where they reveal the uprising of the monkeys was a bit too convenient and doesn't really make sense though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aras | 1/31/2014

    " Compared to the film version, a lot less action, a lot more social satire in the vein of Gulliver's Travels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 1/25/2014

    " Three parts thrilling adventure, one part healthy reminder of our arrogance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayoub | 1/20/2014

    " Interesting, funny, good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sridhar | 1/20/2014

    " Having known about the novel, I perhaps lost out on the element of surprise that may have come from a completely fresh reading, but liked it a lot nevertheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon L. | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed it, but was hoping for a little more tension. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete Cochran | 1/11/2014

    " Interesting Story to compare with movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D. | 12/25/2013

    " Not that well-written (or translated) but definitely worth a read. The last part was tedious. But the blur between man and animal that Bouille explores I found quite visceral, thrilling and profound. I love the movie (Heston of course), but on an ironic level. This book I like on a non-ironic level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendan | 12/23/2013

    " Nothing spectacular, but the look at apes using psychology on human's was fun. If you like the movie, this might be a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/18/2013

    " My brother owned the second book in this series, which I read several times, but I didn't get to this one until much later. It is an engaging an intelligent look at the nature of sentitence. I wish I could have found it in the original French. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benito | 11/21/2013

    " I'd forgotten reading this as a kid until I saw it on Wiz's feed this morning (makes her wound like a horse!) Anyway, I loved it as a kid. From memory the book was basically split into the first two original Planet Of The Apes films and quite well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Perry | 11/8/2013

    " Very clever sci-fi, the film Planet of the Apes was (very) loosely based on this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Brimmer | 10/21/2013

    " Satire at its best, the films but a pale aping of the original. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 10/21/2013

    " This is such a good book. Pierre Boulle also wrote The Bridge over River Kwai which is on my to-read list. But Planet of the Apes is short, entertaining and a great stunner ending! I dropped everything and read it in one afternoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don S. | 10/6/2013

    " I read this book over 25 years ago, but I distinctly remember that I thought the movie was so much weaker than the novel, as is usually the case. Planet of the Apes may very well have been the first time I noticed the differences between movies and the books from which they're made. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 9/14/2013

    " The movie is much better, along with its sequels, but this was still a good story. Overall, it is not the same story as the film, but there a bits that are taken from the book for the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthie Jones | 8/20/2013

    " Very unlike the movie (both the original (my favorite) or the remake) but no less entertaining! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bloodycure | 3/14/2013

    " amazing book, it catches you since the first pages and keeps you in the edge until the end. Even if you watched and liked the movie you will enjoy reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 1/30/2013

    " Did you know this was a book first? Scott gave it to me as a "congratulations! you finished the semester!" present. I loved it. Parts were disturbingly patriarchal, but I wasn't expecting anything this thoughtful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Captain America | 1/18/2013

    " So much better than the movie, at least the new version with Mark Whalberg, but my dad says the original movie is the one to see and someday I will check that out. The characteres here aren't much, but the plot is clever, has a few twists and will generally hold your interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dado Ellis | 12/1/2012

    " This was a nice surprise and I wished it was longer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Datsun | 10/14/2012

    " Better than the movie with Marky-Mark. An excellent story with aspects that will be deeply familiar to anyone who's been too long in a strange and foreign land... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudetteanne | 9/30/2012

    " THE sci-fi classic. I've never looked at apes in the same way, always asking: what if? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Hart | 8/5/2012

    " Knowing the ending already took a lot of the excitement out of the book. However, it is different than the film in several ways. I thought it was edgy and probably very bold for the time it was written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Cole | 8/4/2012

    " Reading this gives an interesting insight into the two incarnations of the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/29/2012

    " Yeah-it's really a book! It's a rockin' good read! "

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