Ape House by Sara Gruen {audiobook}

TitleApe House
Author: Sara Gruen
Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Dates Read: February 27-March 8
Genre: fiction
ISBN: 9780739368541
Length: 11 hours
Published: 2009
Source: public library
Rating: 5/5
Challenges/Resolutions: none

Summary (from Goodreads):
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.

My Thoughts: I listened to this book about four months ago, so there’s not a whole lot I can remember about my immediate thoughts upon finishing it. The content of the story was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Most of what I read doesn’t have anything to do with apes, and while it was fiction, I could easily imagine this story to be true. Okay, probably not the reality TV show starring the apes, but the work that scientists had done with the apes as far as linguistics go really interested me. I liked this book a lot, as far as I can remember–I don’t think there was anything I disliked about it.

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