Ape House

Ape House

A Novel

Pre-loaded Audiobook - 2010
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Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena are no ordinary apes. These bonobos, like others of their species, are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships-but unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language. Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn't understand people, but animals she gets - especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she's ever felt among humans... until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what's really going on inside. When an explosion rocks the lab, severely injuring Isabel and "liberating" the apes, John's human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime, one he'll risk his career and his marriage to follow. Then a reality TV show featuring the missing apes debuts under mysterious circumstances, and it immediately becomes the biggest - and unlikeliest-phenomenon in the history of modern media. Millions of fans are glued to their screens watching the apes order greasy take-out, have generous amounts of sex, and sign for Isabel to come get them. Now, to save her family of apes from this parody of human life, Isabel must connect with her own kind, including John, a green-haired vegan, and a retired porn star with her own agenda.
Publisher: Solon, OH : Findaway World, 2010
ISBN: 9781616570897
Branch Call Number: AB GRUE APE
Characteristics: 1 digital audio player (ca 11 hr.) : digital ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8in
Additional Contributors: Boehmer, Paul

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mpfickes
Oct 31, 2012

An okay read that could have been great. Clunky predictable prose & convenient, not credible coincidences pepper the plot with plenty of half baked characterizations. The most interesting characters in this novel about a primatologist whose lab, focused on studying the language capacity of bonobos, is blown up. If Gruen had focused more of her attention on the appealing personalities of the great apes, and less on silly plot twists involving cliched Russian strippers, pornographers, cut-throat journalists and vegan animal rights activists, this would have been a compelling novel.

mayfairlady Jun 30, 2011

good mix of topical themes of reality tv and cruelty to animals
good story

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