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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (749 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger Fouts Narrator: Roger Fouts Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Roger Fouts fulfilled humankind's age-old dream of talking to animals by pioneering communication with chimpanzees through sign language. Now, in Next of Kin, Fouts tells the dramatic story of his odyssey from novice researcher to celebrity scientist and caretaker of a family of chimpanzees, to his impassioned awakening as a crusader for the rights of animals.

  

At the heart of this captivating audiobook is Fouts's magical thirty-year friendship with Washoe, the chimpanzee he met when she jumped into his arms. We follow Washoe as she grows from a mischievous baby chimp fresh out of the NASA space program into the matriarch of a clan of chimpanzees. Living and conversing with these sensitive creatures has given Fouts a profound appreciation of how much we share with our closest biological relatives, and what they can teach us about ourselves.

This stirring tale of friendship, courage, and compassion will change forever the way we view our biological -- and spiritual -- Next of Kin.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engrossing…alternately hilarious and heartbreaking.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A book that can leave no reader unmoved…a ringing J’accuse! against the scientific establishment.” 

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Beyond its storytelling value, this contains ideas as revolutionary as any since The Origin of the Species.” 

    Seattle Times

  • “An illuminating, stimulating, challenging, and humane story.” 

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Frank Spencer | 2/16/2014

    " Gives a lot of information about Washoe; good analysis of human vs. Chimp thinking; worth reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leah Adams | 2/10/2014

    " This book is a mind blower. This is the story of Washoe, the chimpanzee who was taught sign language, and her family. The reader is really able to get a glimpse into the mind of another species, and this species is our next of kin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angel | 2/8/2014

    " this has to have been one of the most interesting books i have ever read. i actually went out and learned sign language because i wanted to learn to talk and have a conversation with a chimpanzee or gorilla. really kool book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mignon | 2/8/2014

    " I like chimps, I like sign language, and I like the psychology and sociology of communication, especially as it relates and compares to other primates. So this was that. And it was also an emotional tale of what we do to animals in captivity. "

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