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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bond Street Books; Reprint edition (Sept. 7 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385664443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385664448
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Hana on Oct. 13 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is interesting, yet confusing, reading. First of all, the apes are much more pleasant and understandable than the main human characters.
Moreover I felt more and more disconcerted as I kept reading.
There were two reasons for my feelings: first, if the apes can communicate with people by ASL, like deaf children, then where is the difference between humans and other hominids? The question is even articulated in the reader's guide. The authoress quite correctly describes what it is like, but doesn't even hint that the difference is in the absence of grammar in the ape's speech, which deaf humans eventually develop in ASL.
Another problem was the strangeness of the main protagonists. John is the total servant of his spoiled wife, whose change happens too quickly and is too complete. He is also a do-gooder, who has not noticed that the mutual bank account was depleted.
Isabel I didn't understand at all. She is not approachable, unless you are an ape. She fancies John, and then suddenly, it is Gary. And everyone has had a bad childhood.
I liked the youngsters: the prostitutes, Russian or otherwise, and the green-haired teenage criminal.
When a writer deals with such an important topic, in which some scientific background is needed, then he/she owes more explanation to the readers.
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By Kimberly Evans on July 6 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bought this for my father, and he enjoyed it very much. Not quite as good as Water for Elephants, though!
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By dennisharry on March 6 2012
Format: Paperback
Yet another great book from Sara Gruen. A fascinating subject, with a wonderfully fast paced story woven around it. One of those books that I didn't want to end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charomyces on March 28 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sara Gruen writes like a dream, but sadly I found this book disturbing for reasons not intended by the author. To compare this book with Jurassic Park might seem bizarre, but Ape House shares with that famous book and movie the same fundamental flaws. They both have a wonderful central idea, based in sound modern science, with the possibility for truly transformative fiction, but they are dressed up in trite and predictable plots and populated with flat, stereotypical characters. In Ape House, we have evil scientists, naive scientists, ignorant animal rights activists, crusading journalists, unethical journalists, and trashy television producers. The bonobos probably have less than 20% of the page time, and an unfortunate proportion of that is preoccupied with their prodigious sex lives. My dog communicates with me every day; the author wrapped her central theme in so much trash, that the intellect of the bonobos hardly seems more remarkable than a puppy asking to be let outside. What a missed opportunity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 9 2010
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Another story by the estimable author of 'Water For Elephants,' Sara Gruen, deserves a first class narrator, which is precisely what is found in Bill Boehmer. A seasoned stage and television actor he delivers an articulate, highly listenable reading.

There is a group of bonobos, Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani and Makena by name, who are living at a university's Great Ape Language Lab. Now, while all apes may be unique these bonobos truly are - not only can they reason and have meaningful relationships but they're also able to communicate by American Sign Language.

Isabel Duncan is a scientist at the Lab working with the bonobos. She is more than content at the Lab as she feels more comfortable with the bonobos than with other human beings. However tranquility is broken when there's an explosion seriously injuring Isabel. Further, the bonobos have vanished only to reappear starring in a reality television program, Ape House.

Prior to the explosion a newspaper reporter, John Thigpen, had been putting together a story about what was happening in the Lab. But the explosion followed by the humiliating exploitation of the bonobos changes everything not only for him but also for Isabel as the two join forces to bring the bonobos home.

A remarkable story.

- Gail Cooke
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