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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,006 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Hoeg Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781461810858
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Award-winning author Peter Hoeg has captured a worldwide audience with his novels of compelling, solitary heroes and powerful landscapes. Smilla’s Sense of Snow received international praise for its subtle emotional nuances and startling visions of the frozen northlands. Now, Heg turns his attention to England and a wanderer from an even stranger world. Madeline Burden, beautiful wife of a renowned British zoologist, is not surprised when she learns that her husband is holding a stray ape in his laboratory. But when she looks into the creature’s eyes, she feels her heart lurch in response to the intelligence and gentleness she sees there. Somehow, she must free the ape from the scientists who would sacrifice his life to gain measurable data about his intelligence. And, in a flash, she also knows that her life is now inextricably linked to his. The Woman and the Ape is the remarkable story of their relationship. Part fable, part romance, and part slapstick comedy, it poses intriguing questions about nature and nurture and builds to a hilarious ending. Jenny Sterlin’s silky narration captures all the irony and humor of Heg’s extraordinary novel.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/15/2014

    " Not sure exactly what I thought of this novel. I do enjoy Hoeg's prose style, but I found this novel hard to embrace. It does present an intriguing story, but it was hard to care about the main characters, human or ape. There is a coldness to this novel, which surprised me given that one of his other excellent novels, 'Smila's Sense of Snow' (a novel with cold in its very core) projected a warmth entirely lacking in this distant UK-based story. I didn't hate it, but I would not recommend it to someone unless they were interested in the animal-human intelligence concept. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 1/30/2014

    " This story is really "out there" yet, amazingly, I was able to maintain the willing suspension of disbelief necessary to read it. I did not like it as well as but found it thought provoking in a way that was not. The topic was not as compelling for me personally as that of which was also thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frankie | 1/23/2014

    " an enjoyable read if you have a scandinavian sense of humour "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 1/15/2014

    " I also loved this book. It was quirky, interesting and really hopeful about how we can truly shift if we open up to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekka K. Steg | 1/6/2014

    " Provocatively deals with questions such as "what is it to be human" and ideas such as love and intelligence. Intriguing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sveta Gromova | 1/2/2014

    " funny story: when monkeys are better than men for women "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/25/2013

    " Strange. I understand that the author was writing a parable for us to learn to live by. However, Quinn's Ishmael is much better than this and I even liked Crichton's Next better than this. They are all providing similar messages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 12/24/2013

    " "Hoeg always puts a special twist on reality. I won't ruin this one. I will say that you may want to open your mind to ask, what exactly is a human?? " "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelcey | 12/14/2013

    " something different and a very quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanne | 11/27/2013

    " Unique. Peter Hoeg is an excellent writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nona | 10/10/2013

    " short, bizarre, sexy and alarming. almost perfect. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karschtl | 9/23/2013

    " Gave up after the first two chapters, doesn't seem to be my kind of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristiina Hurme | 9/23/2013

    " despite the relationship between the woman and the ape, this book was surprising good! lots of very good lines, things that i would actually underline or quote! and it does have to do with animal lovers, zoos, evolution... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 5/16/2013

    " Although this is a novel it reads like a true story. It is a very touching book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/26/2013

    " Interesting and satisfying. The characters never quite came to life for me emotionally but certainly engaged me mentally. Good story and ends well which is always really difficult to do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura D. | 3/3/2013

    " Intriguing and, at times, disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 11/8/2012

    " love a good primate tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L'Artiste | 8/10/2012

    " Quite a strange book if you ask me! :P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiah | 6/16/2012

    " Thought provoking page turner that is highly entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Per | 3/9/2012

    " what a book! suprising to the end.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sam | 8/19/2011

    " not great-- bizarre and funny at times but start with smilla's sense of snow for a wild and crazy time that's worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 8/2/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books. It's so bizarre and lyrical and romantic. Read it. "

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About the Narrator

Jenny Sterlin, winner of multiple Earphones Awards, has more than seventy audio titles to her credit, including Laurie R. King’s popular Sherlock Holmes / Mary Russell series. Before beginning her narration career, she helped found England’s experimental Living Theatre.