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on June 8, 2015
Great!!Q,.I found it to be gripping in may ways,. There were many levels of the story and I enjoyed them all of them; you can.not help but be taken
in by the stories of the apes., .their language and their resilence,,,My score - |Apes 6, humans 2

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on March 6, 2012
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon November 15, 2010
Bonzi, Makena, Sam, Lola, Jelani, and Mbongo are Bonobo apes who live in luxury at the Great Ape Language Lab under the careful eye of Isabel Duncan a scientist. These apes are able to reason, carry on relationships and can communicate with humans through American Sign Language. They are extremely intelligent animals.

A reporter named John Thigpen comes to Isabel's lab to see and interview both Isabel and the Bonobo's as an interest piece for his newspaper. Little did John and Isabel know that this particular piece was going to turn out to be the biggest story of their entire lives.

An serious and highly damaging explosion at the lab severely injures Isabel and the apes go missing until a reality television show featuring the missing Bonobos airs on t.v. Millions of people are literally glued to their t.v. sets watching the everyday lives of the apes. They order greasy take-out, eat hamburgers one after the other totally ruining their careful diet that was fed to them at the Language Lab. They are also signing on t.v. for Isabel to come and get them, but where are they?

Once out of the hospital, Isabel now sets out to find who has the apes and where they are being housed but it won't be easy. She is forced to get mixed up with some pretty sleazy people. Will Isabel ever find her beloved Bonobos?

Sara Gruen has written another mesmerizing story that will keep you turning page after page. For those of you who read Sara's other novel: "Water for Elephants" won't be disappointed with this one either. This is a novel that everyone should read!!
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on September 27, 2010
I love Sara Gruen's fluid writing style; not one excess word, not one excess sentence - everything is streamlined like a river flowing right through the narrative to the end. It's a page-turner, but I will warn you about this: there are some parts that I found very hard to read because I am an animal lover. What kept me going was the knowledge that so is Sara Gruen.

Sara Gruen knows how animals are exploited and believe me, she does not spare any details about the exploitation and miserable confined lives of apes and chimpanzees in this book. Nor does she spare any detail about the diabolical plans of people who aim to grow rich by causing pain and suffering to animals.

Which is why, if you love animals, you should read it, and pass it along to everyone you know so that awareness can grow about just why the time has come for a full-blown global discussion on the way humans and their corporations treat animals.

Like Water for Elephants, this book will not leave you once you've read it. It will become part of you. Even as I write this review, and recall the passages about apes in confinement, my stomach lurches and I want to cry.

Nevertheless I give this book the highest possible recommendation. Once you start, you can't put it down. Even as your heart aches, you have to continue reading. Sara Gruen's writing is magical like that. And there is so much to learn from what she has learned about apes and their amazing abilities to communicate. Not to mention their dizzying ability to love. We humans have a lot to learn.
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on September 30, 2014
Very good read
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