In 1954, in a remote South American village, a four-year-old girl was abducted and then abandoned deep in the Colombian rainforest. So begins the incredible true story of Marina Chapman, who went on to spend several years alone in the jungle, her only family a troop of capuchin monkeys. Using instinct to guide her, she copied everything they did and soon learned to fend for herself.
At around 10 years old, a completely feral Marina was returned to civilisation by hunters, who sold her as a slave to a brothel. Beaten daily and groomed to be a prostitute, she escaped - to live the perilous existence of a Colombian city street kid. Marina's life as a wild child wasn't over. In some ways, it had only just begun.
This is her astonishing story.
©2013 Marina Chapman; ©2014 Audible, Inc.
I read non-fiction almost exclusively
You're never sure if this is true or fiction. Memories can be confusing. The story is true.
The narrator has such a beautiful voice. She relays this amazing true story in a magical way. I'm very grateful to have found this book and I'm even more thankful it's available on audio book. I love escaping into the story when I'm driving or cleaning or doing other things.
Always, it is hard to understand why people stay in abusive situations. Somehow this incredible story left me with more understanding of why that can happen. I loved how the author rose above the problems. It just felt like it left off abruptly, choosing to keep private the next, happier, chapters of her life as she met her husband and had her own children. Perhaps she will write those chapters eventually ...
Interesting, thought provoking
I loved the main character and hearing how she managed to survive despite being separated from her parents at a young age.
Kept me interested.
People interested in children's survival stories might find this likable.
This story is incomplete! We have no idea what happened in her life after she found a good home; her education, emotional problems, etc. Did she ever find her real parents or try? So much is left out. What happened to the Santos crime family?
Mrs. Ward's voice is a bit harsh and was very hard to listen to, especially when speaking as a little girl. It just didn't do the child any justice or the listener. Frankly, it was annoying and detracted from the story.
"girl with no name"
The start of the story I found gripping and did not want to stop listening to , but towards the end I felt the story flagged and disappointing I wanted more ... but overall a great story with lots of emotion and determination.
"Jungle book with a twist"
A book that will make you laugh, sigh, be appauled and other emotions. It is sad to think about others lives and how lucky we are
"An interesting story but an annoying narrator."
I enjoyed Marina's story of her life and found it interesting and mostly believable. However I did find the narrator's voice a little patronising and annoying. Read it rather than listen to it!
"The girl with no name"
Excellent, I couldn't stop listening, best book from audible yet. Loved it! Very thought provoking. I could have listened to more, is there a follow up coming?
"I enjoyed it, but...."
I loved the narration, and yes, it met my expectations, but I felt that somehow, something was lacking. I know it's a true story, and that the girl couldn't add more to her life, which was horrendous, but something was missing for me. I am not sure if it was that episodes felt like they were skirted over, but i accept that this could have been due to the superficial nature of childrens' memories.
It was definitely four star, probably four and a half, but not five star for me, sorry.
The level of detail was not believable
Her baby talk was unbearable, narrate but please stop trying to talk like a little girl
"Melodrama doesn't work for me."
If you like dramatic and inspirational tales of children overcoming hardships this story will float your boat.
I am fascinated by stories of feral children. An amazing array of animals have been credited with the adoptive instincts to raise a human child including wolves, bears, apes, monkeys and even ostriches.
Many of the so-called feral children of history were possibly autistic and the 'raised by animals' angle is an imaginative attempt to create a back story to explain their lack of social graces, recognisable language and sense of human connection.
As an exercise in playing with the audience's uncertainty over whether this is fiction, autobiographical semi-fiction or reportage, this works very well.
The least interesting aspect of the book is the time in the jungle. A young child, living in one smallish area, with a resident troupe of monkeys, with plenty to eat all year round is implausible at best.
The clipped pronunciation and declining tone at the end of almost sentence exacerbates the melodrama and produces an emotional overload. More performance than was really needed, made the book tiring listening.
The fictional characters - unfortunately that is probably most of them.
To the best of my knowledge, although I'm still looking, there are no verified cases of children raised by animals in the wild. In zoology and biology cases of cross-species adoption are surpassing rare outside of domesticated animals in an artificial context.
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