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Ape House - A Novel

Sara Gruen

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. Ape House delivers great entertainment, but it also opens the animal world to us in ways few novels have done, securing Sara Gruen's place as a master storyteller who allows us to see ourselves as we never have before. From the Hardcover edition.

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. Ape House delivers great entertainment, but it also opens the animal world to us in ways few novels have done, securing Sara Gruen's place as a master storyteller who allows us to see ourselves as we never have before. From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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. Ape House delivers great entertainment, but it also opens the animal world to us in ways few novels have done, securing Sara Gruen's place as a master storyteller who allows us to see ourselves as we never have before. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Boehmer

Length:

11h 16m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

32:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

41:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

27:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:23


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

35:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

34:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

19:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

22:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

24:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

27:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

14:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

20:38


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:57


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

14:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

15:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:29