Next of Kin
- What Chimpanzees Tell Us About Who We Are
- Narrated by: Roger Fouts
- Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-08-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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At the heart of this captivating audiobook is Fouts's magical 30-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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By Rozsika Steele on 04-19-11
deeply moving story
This is my favorite book. It reads like a novel. a love story.
"It was Washoe who taught me that human is only an adjective that describes being. The essence of who I am is not my humanness, but my beingness" Roger Fouts, Next of Kin
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By Elizabeth Bohannon on 02-05-17
Compassion in Action
I was mesmerized, horrified, uplifted, transformed by this important story of understanding and compassion. I, too, was taught that humans are unique because they have conscience and compassion. So, so wrong. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn the truth. The more I learn, the more I see that we humans are, indeed, unique; but not for attributes that render us "superior." Rather, we are unique among animals in our penchant for combining innate animal aggression with uniquely human narcissism to inflict suffering on other creatures, including members of our own species, far beyond anything seen in nature. This story hardens my resolve to cultivate compassion with the time I have left.