Reason for Hope

  • by Jane Goodall, Phillip Berman
  • Narrated by Jane Goodall
  • 6 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jane Goodall's destiny 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. And she gives us convincing reasons why we can and must open ourselves to the saints within each of us. 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.


What the Critics Say

"The Einstein of behavioral sciences." (The Los Angeles Times)
"The scarcity of Jane Goodalls...may be more ominous than the scarcity of chimpanzees." (Rocky Mountain News)


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Customer Reviews

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Journey into a remarkably full life

How can you not add this to your collection? I am a Pagan by choice and feel very tied to the Natural world. From the describtion you would thik I would not be attuned to Jane's message (and you do feel like calling her Jane as well as Dr. Goodall) after going on this journey with her. But she is fair to all points of a view, and you get glimpses of a life well-lived and a good mixture of her personal philosophy and the events of her life. It is a remarkable thing to have an opportunity to visit with Jane for 6 hours. This is so good, it is almost worth getting and aubile account for just this one book. Must, a total must, for anyone with kids, especially daughters who show an interest in science and the natural world. Which really should be all kids, shouldn't it?
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- Larry

A luminous book

I rarely read nonfiction. I rarely read a book twice. This book has captured my heart so much....I plan to reread it on a regular basis. The only thing that I can think of which would be more enjoyable than listening to this book would be an opportunity to chat with Jane Goodall in person!
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- Kathleen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio