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; ©2013 AudioGO Ltd
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.
This life story of Marina Chapman is truly incredible and should be read by all followers of biography instead of pointless life-stories of rich celebrities.
While some small contradictions to her story did surface throughout the story forgiveness is given due to it occuring over 6 decades ago.
listen and enjoy!
"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.
"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?
"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
"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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