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4.00067024128686 out of 54.00067024128686 out of 54.00067024128686 out of 54.00067024128686 out of 54.00067024128686 out of 5 4.00 (1,492 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Goodall Narrator: Jane Goodall Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jane Goodall has been blessed with faith, resolve, and purpose. From a little girl inspired by Tarzan, she became the woman who worked alongside famed paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey, accomplished scientific breakthroughs in Gombe, and ultimately became a champion of the environment. The journey has not been without its crises; she endured the horrors of World War II, assaults on the integrity of her work, a hostage-taking at Gombe, and her husband’s slow, agonizing death. But throughout, her religious convictions have helped her survive—and Jane Goodall’s pursuit of science has enhanced, not eroded, her belief in God.

In this biography, she candidly shares her life, as well as the Gombe chimpanzees she introduced to the world nearly forty years ago. She gives us convincing reasons why each of us can and must open up to the saints within ourselves. At one with nature and challenged by the man-made dangers of environmental destruction, inequality, materialism, and genocide, Dr. Goodall offers insight into her perceptions of these threats and celebrates the people who are working for Earth’s renewal. Here, indeed, is Reason for Hope.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A remarkable story…passionate and convincing.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A poignant, highly readable memoir, the book is a quiet treasure.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Marvelous…Despite the darkness, however, throughout her life’s adventures—and there are enough, in jungle and city, to make this book viscerally as well as morally thrilling—Goodall has nurtured a fundamental understanding that goodness can prevail, with each person’s help. This is a moving and inspiring book that will be treasured by all concerned about the fate of the planet and its inhabitants.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “In an outstanding performance rich in pride, compassion, and vulnerability, Jane Goodall introduces the listener to the world of the Gombe chimpanzees she studied for twenty-five years. Her observations of the chimps alone could fill volumes, but a listener gets so much more from this superbly written biography.”


  • “Provides interesting insights into the personal convictions of a world-famous researcher. This unusual book tells of not only the adventures of Goodall’s life but also the faith she constantly relies on and learns from, and as such, it is a unique look at the development of a scientist.”


  • “[Goodall] blends a disarming humility and sense of wonder at the natural world with a determined belief that humankind is capable of doing better…A very thought-provoking and wonderful read.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by elly | 4/12/2016

    " Great listen and enjoyed it more because Dr. Goodall narrated the book. She talks about various experiences that molded the way she sees the world. Her reasons for hope speak to an understanding of humanity and resonate with her work as a researcher and environmentalist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Faye | 2/20/2014

    " Borrowed from the Fletcher Free Library for UU Book Club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marcie | 2/18/2014

    " I love Jane Goodall. She is an inspirational person without a doubt! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charley | 2/16/2014

    " One of my absolute favorite books! I LOVE Jane Goodall! "

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