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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.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What an incredible story! We written and we'll read. Couldn't stop listening for a single moment!
Would you consider the audio edition of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to be better than the print version?
I have not read the print version but the audio version is fantastic
What was one of the most memorable moments of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?
Too many to mention without spoiling the story for other readers
Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Any additional comments?
Highly recommend this book for all Planet of the Apes fans out there
0 of 1 people found this review helpful