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Author: Frans de Waal Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2019 ISBN: 9781980032182
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New York Times best-selling author and primatologist Frans de Waal explores the fascinating world of animal and human emotions. New York Times best-selling author and primatologist Frans de Waal explores the fascinating world of animal and human emotions. Mama's Last Hug opens with the dramatic farewell between Mama, a dying fifty-nine-year-old chimpanzee matriarch, and biologist Jan Van Hooff. This heartfelt final meeting of two longtime friends, widely shared as a video, offers a window into how deep and instantly recognizable these bonds can be. So begins Frans de Waal's whirlwind tour of new ideas and findings about animal emotions, based on his renowned studies of the social and emotional lives of chimpanzees, bonobos, and other primates. De Waal discusses facial expressions, animal sentience and consciousness, Mama's life and death, the emotional side of human politics, and the illusion of free will. He distinguishes between emotions and feelings, all the while emphasizing the continuity between our species and other species. And he makes the radical proposal that emotions are like organs: we don't have a single organ that other animals don't have, and the same is true for our emotions. 16 pages of black and white illustrations 16 pages of black and white illustrations. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Once again, he makes us think long and hard about the true nature of animal emotions.”

    Desmond Morris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “After you’ve read Mama’s Last Hug, it becomes obvious that animals have emotions. Learn how they resemble us in many ways.”

    Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Game-changing.”

    Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A captivating survey of animal and human emotions.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The eminent primatologist takes readers deep into the world of animals to show us that we humans are not the unique creatures we like to think we are…De Waal is a skilled storyteller, and his love for animals always shines through.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “De Waal’s masterful work of evolutionary psychology will leave both fellow academics and intellectually curious lay readers with much food for thought.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Applying wide-ranging examples, from primates to schools of fish, he skillfully illustrates that emotions are an essential part of intellect for all species.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Biology of Apes and Monkeys

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About the Author

Frans de Waal, PhD, is a biologist and ethologist, world-renowned for his work on the social intelligence of primates. He has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and is the author of numerous books, including The Ape and the Sushi Master, which was named a New York Times Notable Book, Our Inner Ape, and Peacemaking among Primates, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He is a Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior at Emory University and the director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Center in Atlanta.

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has recorded over 450 titles, ranging from preschool books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures in both science and science fiction, to Arctic Circle high-school basketball stories.