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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1963 René Juillard (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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A must read for fans of the movies

As a fan of the 1968 movie, I was surprised by how good this version was. This has the best ending of any of the movies, in my opinion.

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wish they did like this in the movie

having watched the Charlton Heston classic so many times it was nice to see where the source material came from. in many ways the movie holds to the book, but there are quite a few parts that should have made it over to the movie but sadly didn't. that being said I'm now going to watch the 68 classic and see what I've forgotten

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worth the listen

Great sci-fi. Good ideas and readable prose. Despite all the movies, it still has surprises.

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I want more books like this one. its just to good

i didnt wanted it to end it was absolutely perfect.
way better than the movies

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Surprised me.

I don't know what I was expecring; but this wasn't it. I really enjoyed this story and the narrator is amazing. highly recommend.

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Amazing

Such a great book, I really do wish they had part 2 though, highly recommended

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Much better than the movie.

The story was completely different than the movie. A much better story and no corny Carlton Heston.

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Wonderful

I grew up with the original movies and listening to this audio book was a joy. The narrator was good and the story is fantastic.

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  • Cage
  • 2012-05-21

Monkey Business...

This was an excellent book, even if you've enjoyed the original film (and who hasn't?). You can clearly see the inspiration for the classic movie, but the book moves in a slightly different direction. You will find the principle characters of Nova, Cornelius, Zira, and Dr. Zaius. Beyond that, I won't divulge any specifics about the story, as it has its own little twists and turns. For the Planet of the Apes completist, I say quit monkeying around and listen to this one!

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  • Richard
  • 2012-08-20

You've Seen the Movies, Now Read the Book!

Even if you're very familiar with the classic 1968 Charlton Heston movie, there are a few surprises and plot twists here that make this an interesting and exciting listen. The main character is Ulysse, a French journalist who journeys with two other intrepid astronauts to the distant star, Betelgeuse, where they, of course, come upon the Planet of the Apes, inhabited by primitive humans and technologically advanced chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. The themes are somewhat different from those of the movie, but this is a well written and exciting book with a tightly-constructed plot, which also raises interesting questions about the ethics of animal research and social behaviors which can bring about the death of a civilization. Well narrated.

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  • Xenobia
  • 2015-05-18

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love this book so much that I was sad that Pierre Boulle had no other books on audible to offer. He does an excellent job of verbalizing the main characters frustration with trying to prove his intellect to the apes without losing his mind.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nova, she's definitely not that bright but I do appreciate that she gets smarter... maybe not smart enough to graduate from the third grade but it's a start.

Which scene was your favorite?

The end... I have nothing left to say about it but it was quite the ending.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I didn't have to work and eat, I would have listened in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I hope more of his writing gets translated into english and become available on audible

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  • Mark
  • 2015-04-10

The Movie was good, but the book is even better

Years ago I saw the planet of the apes movies and thought they were excellent science fiction movies. I stumbled onto this audio book and took a chance on it - so glad I did. I always thought that the original movie had an iconic ending, but honestly the ending of the book is even better. The writing is clever and the story line unique. The characters are interesting and well developed. The narrator does an outstanding job. It is just an excellent book, if you enjoy science fiction I would highly recommend this book. The ending is a complete surprise, very different from the movie.

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  • Eusorph
  • 2017-07-18

So so

I expected a much smarter book and instead the author manages to be very old school French: racist, mysoginist, anthropocentric, pompous. The "science" is extremely bad and in many points plainly dumb. Only the idea remains which is very good and for a good reason has been adapted in several movies.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2016-08-05

ORANGUTANS ARE OFFICIAL SCIENCE

GORILLAS ARE MEAT EATERS
This is a great intelligent read. If you pick this up looking forward to the campy war like gorillas in the movie, you will be disappointed. Gorillas are the physical ones, they do hunt and kill humans, but instead of wearing leather, they wear the clothes of gentlemen.

ORANGUTANS
They are the stogy heads of science. THEY READ BOOKS, THAN WRITE BOOKS, REPEATING WHAT THEY READ. They have little imagination, but lots of power. I am wondering if Boulle was making a statement about a certain group of scientists?

The Chimps
All science advancements come from this group. They are they opened minded ones with imagination.

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This is more of an intellectual read with discussions on evolution, devolution, treatment of animals in labs and much more than the movies. The movies are good, but they went they way of more violence to get the ratings. I like the book, much better. The book has it's own twists and turns, that goes one better than the movie. Writing is superb, with plenty of story and intensity.

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  • Ethan Perry
  • 2021-07-15

Overall, very much enjoyed

The opening had me puzzled since it had not been in the original movie (which is the reason I thought to pick it up). but it wrapped up very, VERY nicely in the end. Definitely a book I will remember. The performance was pretty good with a nice crisp and clear tone that suits the book well. Overall I believe this to be a 4.5 out of 5.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-02

Satire:

It’s the same as here but there’s animals in it. Five more words are required.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-05-31

Wow

I have to say I enjoyed this thoroughly! What a twist on this iconic story yet entirely entertaining! Loved it

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  • Daniel R. Vandervort
  • 2022-05-03

Great story

Always been a big fan of the movies and have been interested in listening to this for a long time. It did not disappoint