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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (36 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: October 1997 ISBN: 9780743544481
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/8/2014

    " One of the best books I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 2/3/2014

    " This is an interesting books in two ways. It gives you a nice understanding of how closely chimps are related to human-beings both emotionally and intellectually. It's an interesting look into using animals as research objects, even as we learn of their intellectual capabilities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miss Dana | 1/22/2014

    " One of the best books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Ballinger | 1/21/2014

    " A story of the psychologist who taught chimpanzees to communicate with American Sign Language. As a 12-year-old I was riveted, and I still enjoy rereading this insightful, compassionate story. It has it all: love, conflict (among big-name academics and within the chimps's social groups), evolution, philosophy and personal struggle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/19/2014

    " Mind changingly phenomenal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara Bowman-Jahn | 1/17/2014

    " Amazing that we are 99% the same as Chimps. They are truly our next of Kin. Roger Fouts talks about Washoe as if she were a human child telling of her games and ways she teases him. It is truly remarkable. An eye opening book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 1/6/2014

    " I had to read this for my anthropology class in college "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany | 1/4/2014

    " If you don't like monkeys or have any interest in ASL Communication this will probably fall flat for you. I learned a lot but I wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel White | 12/9/2013

    " Washoe is awesome "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Cook | 12/6/2013

    " I highly recommend this book to anyone! It's an eye opener, and may very well change how you define "being human." All previous definitions have been blown away by the research results of Dr. Fouts, and others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cat | 10/6/2013

    " This book will change your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Smith | 5/30/2013

    " This book was monumental for me. It helped me realize how much I value non-verbal language. It is informative and heart-warming to hear what Washoe (a chimpanzee) has to say about the world around her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/3/2013

    " This book was really amazing. It was very multifaceted and touched on a lot of different aspects of chimp and human culture including scientific research, animal rights and the evolution of language. Awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Ng | 9/20/2012

    " I love this book. One of my top 3 favourite books. I would recommend to anyone. So heartbreaking. I shed tears uncontrollably in the train while I re-read it. Despite the fact that I was surrounded by loads of ppl... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian Thomas | 7/18/2012

    " An interesting read about people who raise chimpanzees. I think its supposed to make you uncomfortable about where you draw the line between humans and animals, but I just can't get that worked up about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 6/8/2012

    " MY FAVORITE BOOK (and I read ALOT). I never laughed and cried so hard in a single book. But be warned it is upsetting for those who love animals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabrielle | 5/19/2012

    " What an amazing and heart-touching book. For those of us who do not feel the planet and its diverse life is here just for us to plunder, you will be brought wondrous insight, and also sadly alerted, concerning our relationship to these creatures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karman | 1/11/2012

    " Amazing story about amazing animal lovers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Booktenzio | 10/11/2011

    " Such an amazing book! It has everything a good book should; tragedy and triumph, made me giggle and cry. I don't often read books again, but this one I will! Very inspirational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/14/2011

    " Fascinating, inspiring and humbling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany | 4/7/2011

    " If you don't like monkeys or have any interest in ASL Communication this will probably fall flat for you. I learned a lot but I wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 2/1/2011

    " I think this was a wonderful and fascinating book. I recomend it to everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 1/3/2011

    " This is perhaps one of the most important books I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/2/2010

    " One of the best books I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sar | 11/24/2010

    " I loved this book about chimpanzees. It solidified my feeling about animal consciousness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janis | 10/9/2010

    " Excellent book. The end dragged on with him preaching to the choir about having better environments for the chimps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 9/6/2010

    " You know, I hate monkeys as much as the next guy, but this book broke my heart.
    Really touching, really tragic.
    I "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/8/2010

    " One of the most thought-provoking books I've read in a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 6/16/2010

    " What we learn from Washoe and her chimpanzee family is groundbreaking. In one paragraph you're laughing at one of the chimpanzee's antics, then in the next you're outraged at the cruelty of the biomedical lab system in the US. This fascinating book is highly readable -- a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 3/19/2010

    " If you love animals, this is a fascinating story of how clever they are, and what they can teach us.
    Wonderful and endearing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miss Dana | 3/10/2010

    " One of the best books I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 1/14/2010

    " An interesting read about people who raise chimpanzees. I think its supposed to make you uncomfortable about where you draw the line between humans and animals, but I just can't get that worked up about it. "

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About the Author

Roger S. Fouts is an American primate researcher, codirector of the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) in Washington, and a professor of psychology at the Central Washington University. He is best known for his role in teaching Washoe the chimpanzee to communicate using select signs from American Sign Language. He is also an animal rights advocate, citing the New Zealand Animal Welfare Act as a model for legal rights for the Great Apes and campaigning with British primatologist Jane Goodall for improved conditions for chimpanzees. He has written on animal law and the ethics of animal testing. He is also an adviser to the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. He is married to Deborah Fouts, who is also codirector of CHCI.