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Ape House
Ape House
Author: Sara Gruen
Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn't understand people, but apes she gets—especially the bonobos Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena, who are capable of reason and communication through American Sign Language. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she's ever felt among humans—...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385523226
ISBN-10: 038552322X
Publication Date: 4/5/2011
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 67 ratings
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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flyinggems avatar reviewed Ape House on + 426 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I was a little concerned when I started seeing reviews that the book was not good. If you like Sara Gruens writing, then read the book. If you are Looking for Water For Elephants part 2, then this might not be the book for you. I really like Saras other books. I like her style of writing, she reminds me of Jodi Picoult. Gruen does her homework on her subjects making the story real.

I am so glad that I did not let the reviews make me miss this book. I felt the book was different then Water for Elephants but this was not a sequel to that but a separate book and should be judged separately. The story is very slow to start but draws you in. I felt that I put my foot on the gas and did not let go and then the end was there. It was a little predictable but that comes when you read 2-3 books a week. You know that authors like to tie up ends and give you pretty packages.

There are many different characters in the book, none are really developed all the way, there is no main characters, they all share the role. You are left with some questions about the past and what the future might hold. I would have liked to see a thicker book with more developed characters.
junie avatar reviewed Ape House on + 630 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
After reading the mixed reviews about this book, I was reluctant to read it, but so glad I did. I found it intriguing and fastinating and read it in two days finding it hard to put it down until finished.

I may be in the minority, but liked it better than Water For Elephants, but that may be because I dislike the circus and adore the Great Apes.
Caryn9802 avatar reviewed Ape House on + 91 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I loved this book. Even more than Water for Elephants. You can tell the author thoroughly did her research. The entire premise was fascinating to read about. I can't wait for her next one!
sfc95 avatar reviewed Ape House on + 686 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I enjoyed this book, however it is nowhere near the book that Water for Elephants is. This book has too much going on, it starts out so slow and then ramps up at the end. It is difficult to keep abreast of all of the subplots (ones that we could certainly do without)and it makes the reading more like running in circles. As for endings, this one has a beautiful little bow at the end. I am not always happy with that kind of ending and in this case it seemed inappropriate.
reviewed Ape House on + 81 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Do NOT expect this to be 'Water for Elephants.' I found myself struggling to finish this, as it seemed to wander about too much. WFE jumped around, but did it seemlessly. This was more reminiscent of her "Riding Lessons."

I am ambivalent with suggesting this to others. It isn't bad, but it isn't one of the best reads out there.
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reviewed Ape House on + 5 more book reviews
The most fascinating part of this book is the cognitive capabilities of bonobos, of which I was completely unaware. It's changed the way I look at animals in general.
bookgoddessme avatar reviewed Ape House on + 106 more book reviews
I love Sara's style of writing with a dramatic opening, and an unfolding of quality stories and characters we care about. The story of the apes was completely believeable and interesting, fascinating as a matter of fact. It could really happen. The reader knows Sara delivers justice, good to the good characters and bad to the bad ones. Recommend!
rfdudley avatar reviewed Ape House on + 75 more book reviews
I loved this book and read it almost in one sitting. It kept me entertained while waiting for jury duty. Isabel is scientist studying bonobos, apes, and loves them dearly. The bonobos are very smart and human-like and communicate with her using American Sign Language. John is a reporter writing a story about Isabel and the bonobos. There is a devastating explosion at the lab and Isabel's world falls apart. John and Isabel reunite to save the bonobos and themselves in the process. Sara Gruen based this book on fact and I cannot wait to learn more about the bonobos!

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