Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • by Alex Irvine
  • Narrated by Christian Rummel
  • 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

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KOBA DID NOT THINK, HE PLANNED

THEY MIGHT BE MONKEY LOVERS, BUT THEY WERE STILL HIS SPECIES.
The strong part of this book was the characters. Irvine did a great job giving each character his own personality. Not once was it hard to think of the apes as intelligent sentient beings. The humans had good guys and bad guys and so did the apes. This added depth to the story and the characters were very believable. I was surprised in how little action their was. I guess that is due to taking a two hour movie and turning it into a 9 hour book. It also had a very slow beginning and I came close to giving up on it early. The longer I stayed with it the better it got and the more I wanted to hear the outcome.

HE TRIED TO DO RIGHT, EVEN WHEN RIGHT WAS HARD
There were some weakness, probably due more to the movie, then to Irvine. At times it gets a little sappy, with the all the friend talk. It is a little preachy at times. One glaring mistake was an ape picking up a ten year old video camera and it having enough battery power for him to watch himself recorded ten years earlier. Throughout the book we are told it has been ten years since anything has worked and then this video camera has a battery that works? There is a big war scene were the apes attack on horses. Bombs are going off, rpg's, guns, grenades and even a tank and yet these horses do not react. I am not a horse expert, but I believe war horses have to go through extensive training to not react to all the noise and apes who have never been in a war before would not have that knowledge. THE APES HAD WORKED LIKE DOGS

Christen Rummel does an excellent job. I gave the story a four star review and I felt CR's narration was strong enough to raise the overall to Five Stars.

BETTER TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS NOW THEN, TO ASK FOR PERMISSION LATER.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

As good as, or maybe better than the movie

I never... well... almost never, now... read a book after seeing the movie. In this case, I bought this book and then forgot about it. Then went to see the movie one day, on a lark. Several weeks later I saw this book again and realized I had just watched the movie (yeah, slow on the uptake sometimes).

I actually quite enjoyed it, even after having seen the movie. I would say it was close to the story line of the movie, but since it was the novelization of the movie, I guess this is a no-brainer. The part I did like about the book was the insight to what was going on in the characters' minds - in the movie we don't get to hear their thoughts, so have to determine from posture and words what is going on in their heads. There are a couple significant scenes where what was in their heads according to the novel was not the same as what I had seen on the screen... a sign of the actor's abilities no doubt.

It is a fast and not overly deep read... if you like the series, you`ll probably like this book. The narration is very good. There is nothing graphic or gory in it.
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- crazybatcow

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-15-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios