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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (39,139 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Quinn Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man in search for truth. He answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher looking for serious pupils, only to find himself alone in an abandoned office with a full-grown gorilla who is nibbling delicately on a slender branch. “You are the teacher?” he asks incredulously. “I am the teacher,” the gorilla replies.

Ishmael is a creature of immense wisdom and he has a story to tell, one that no other human being has ever heard. It is a story that extends backward and forward over the lifespan of the earth from the birth of time to a future there is still time to save. Like all great teachers, Ishmael refuses to make the lesson easy; he demands the final illumination to come from within ourselves. Is it man’s destiny to rule the world? Or is a higher destiny possible for him—one more wonderful than he has ever imagined?

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Quotes & Awards

  • A thoughtful, fearlessly low-key novel about the role of our species on the planet . . . laid out for us with an originality and a clarity that few would deny. The New York Times Book Review
  • [Quinn entraps] us in the dialogue itself, in the sweet and terrible lucidity of Ishmael’s analysis of the human condition. . . . It was surely for this deep, clear persuasiveness of argument thatIshmael was given its huge prize. The Washington Post
  • It is as suspenseful, inventive, and socially urgent as any fiction or nonfiction book you are likely to read this or any other year. The Austin Chronicle
  • Deserves high marks as a serious—and all too rare—effort that is unflinchingly engaged with fundamental life-and-death concerns. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ignacio | 2/5/2014

    " A beautifully crafted philosophy book that reads like a novel, very thought provoking and, regardless of whether you agree with the ideas exposed or not, it makes you think more closely about the history of civilization as we know it. I can't recommend it enough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/1/2014

    " I think if you are of okay with the ideas revolving around the population bomb, this may be a book for you. Essentially this book is about a gorilla (Ishmael) teaching a human about how Mother Culture is destroying the world and that there are two kinds of beings that inhabit his world the leavers and the takers. There were some interesting explanations for some of the religious "myths" out there but overall I found this book boring and irksome especially since Quinn had the human play the role of lesser intelligence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ellen knoud | 1/31/2014

    " Everyone should read this book, life changing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Johnrlbooks | 1/28/2014

    " Interesting characters, espectially Ishmael. Interesting interpretation of anthropology, but some good points. "

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