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From the time Jane Goodall was a girl, she dreamed of a life spent working with animals. Her earliest fascination with animals inspired her to hide in a henhouse so that she could watch hens lay their eggs. After years of study, at 23, Jane Goodall made her first voyage to Africa and began her determined steps, one after another, to achieve her goal of studying animals by living among them. On her expeditions she braved the dangers of the jungle and survived encounters with leopards and lions in the African bush. Her detailed observations of many kinds of animals, but especially generations of chimpanzee families, reveal a world few human beings ever come to know. Her story covers the proud achievements of a lifetime, including raising her son in the Africa she loves.

In My Life with the Chimpanzees, Jane Goodall shares the remarkable journey which took her from her childhood in London and Bournemouth, England, to the realization of her dream in the wilds of Gombe, Tanzania.

©2001 by Jane Goodall, All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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  • Ian
  • Farnborough, United Kingdom
  • 10-07-12

Feels a bit lightweight

I probably misunderstood the ambitions of this title. I think I was hoping for more insight into Goodall's work with primates than this title sets out to give. Basically I was hoping for chimps featuring Jane Goodall and what you get is Jane Goodall featuring chimps. As an inspirational story for children it's probably great but as science or natural history less so. I'm afraid that I also find it offputting when scientists make reference to supernatural beliefs in their writings. Personal prejudice. I'm stacked full of them.

So basically this was interesting but not what I was hoping for when I purchased it. Goodall is a competent narrator as well.

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  • Janice
  • Bellingham, WA, USA
  • 11-14-04

My 10-year old loved it!

I haven't listened to it yet BUT I had to write. I took this audiobook on our first-ever mother-daughter trip to Africa and my 10-yr-old listened to it three or four times during the trip on her portable player. It was really wonderful for her to have listened to it right before we visited a Jane Goodall chimp reserve in Kenya... she knew as much about Jane and chimps as the guide! The audio book held her attention, presented sophisticated information in a way that was understandable to a mature 10-year-old, fascinated her, entertained her during some interesting and difficult travels and taught her a lot at the same time. It gets all my votes!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A life story told

A quite straight forward account of Jane Goodall's life among the chimpanzees in Africa. However amazing her life was, the story isn't very interesting. She does however build a strong case for looking after the nature and that everyone can do something to make a difference.

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  • Denise
  • Fresno, CA, USA
  • 12-23-05

Very Interesting

This audio is one the whole family can listen to and enjoy. My family and I learned many things about her life and about chimpanzees. She does a good job reading her own story and is inspiring to listen to.

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Held the Attention of the Entire Family

We played this on our Chromecast in the living room. Ages 5, 8, 19, middle aged parents. We were all enthralled. The two youngest are begging to listen to all of her books. The only complaint was my very sensitive son didn't like "all the dead chimps"...but in was done gently and with the emotions appropriate to the death of a good animal with social connections so overall was touching more than disturbing. I teared up at the story of the elderly mama chimp and her loyal son (previously a spoiled brat who ended up being the comfort of her old age). My sensitive son's favorite was the daring rescue of the chimp who fell in the water. My daughter's favorite part was the detailed descriptions of how she earned the trust of the chimps. We definitely plan on listening to the rest of her books after this pleasant first taste! I also really appreciated that she narrated the book herself...I felt like I really got to know her.

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Great narration of interesting wildlife stories.

I was hoping for more of her personal life. that's why I'm giving it 4.

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That was a really good book! I had fun reading it, good job Jane Goodall

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Affected us all

Hearing Jane Goodall's story, straight from her mouth, affected all my family strongly, including my Seven year old son. Very compelling.

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Perfect.

This book is a great introduction and summary of Dr. Jane Goodall's life and her goals for the planet. New to audiobooks, I was surprised and very happy to hear her voice.

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  • Breda
  • New York, New York, United States
  • 06-27-12

This is mildly interesting.

What did you like best about My Life with the Chimpanzees? What did you like least?

It was good to hear her perspective on her own life. It is short and simple book, more like an essay than a book. Its interesting, its just doesnt feel as worth while as so many other books on here.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The tone was a bit dull. Sometimes you could really tell when she was happy.

Was My Life with the Chimpanzees worth the listening time?

Yes because its short.

Any additional comments?

There is not much to this book. Maybe a good first read or if you already know alot about her.