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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 17 Sept. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ENWD422
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Top Customer Reviews
Where this story didn't work for me was the way it was written with little punctuation such as quotations around spoken sentences. It was often difficult to tell who was speaking and when the speakers changed from one to the other. When speaking from the chimps point of view the writing was done in often incomplete sentences and nonsense syllables and words. There were many times when it was difficult to tell what was really going on.
The story was tragic and sad. The parts about the medical testing done on these animals was heartbreaking and it is difficult to believe that human beings can be so cruel. As a book on activism and animal rights this book was outstanding. But the odd, unorthodox writing style made it a difficult book to read.
The story follows the life of Looee, a chimp captured as baby, raised by a childless human couple. After 14 years with no serious incidents, something devastating changes all of their lives, and Looee is sent to a primate research facility. The living conditions of the test animals is deplorable. I realize this is a work of fiction, but there are scenes that I could hardly stomach, regardless of how the scientists justify their actions. The author does a great job of highlighting the ugliness of animal testing, without the condemnation of the human race that often accompanies this subject matter.
I don't think this is a novel that is going to appeal to a wide range of people, and yet it's one of those stories that is so radically different from most fiction, I think readers should at least attempt to tackle this one. Also, a portion of the novel's sales will go to the chimpanzee sanctuary, Save the Chimps, so it's reading for a cause.
I had a strange relationship with this book. Most of the time I found things a bit difficult. I didn't feel that attached to the characters as characters- more sympathised with their situation. It was written as if in a chimp's voice (or at least that's what I presume it was meant to be). In a way that's good, because it's different and it makes you see a side of the story which you wouldn't usually see. However it did make it more difficult to read, and to engage in.
Having said that I was surprised by how much certain events impacted me. It made me think that maybe I felt more for the characters than I had realised.
It was interesting how McAdam was able to show different sides of the story without losing any empathy for characters on various sides of the arguments.
I also found that I preferred the second part of the story, when the two stories joined together. However I think this side of the story wouldn't have the same impact if I hadn't already known the characters.