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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.

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I listened to this book previously but it was so good the first time I wanted to hear it again

I highly recommend this book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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biography

I knew there was a bug problem with kidnappings, sex trade and such, but to hear of someone's personally story, and even remembering as young as she did. It put you in touch with it more than just hearing it on the news. It is sad and heart breaking how people are treated in some countries, especially women and children.

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excellent intonation, great story!

the story was fantastic and inspiring. the reader was a great fit. I enjoyed it.

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Beautiful and very entertaining true story!

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.

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I found myself so absorbed in the story.

wonderfully narrated and gripping story. I will definitely be looking for other stories narrated by Pam Ward

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What a Story

What a wonderful, sad, happy, unbelievable story of a little girls life. I was completely entranced through the entire story. And so sad when the book was done. I just wanted more.

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Thoroughly enjoyed

Incredible story about survival, determination and hope for the future. How a young girl endures all that she did and never gave up on herself was heartening and her "rescue" was like a miracle.

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What a life!

I thought this was very interesting book. From the living with people to monkeys then back to people that were mean then holy... bless that woman! I would love to read a sequel on how her life went on with raising her own children and eating foods and whether she continued to steal. I'm glad she shared her story, it will help the rest of us to be grateful and realize how blessed we are.

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Great story, ended abruptly

A power real-life story of a feral child raised by monkeys, and her journey into, and finally back out of, the jungle.

As you can imagine, she endured things that we can only begin to imagine, and the powerful emotions evoked range the gamut.

There is little I can say without spoiling, as the book is very direct and focused on her experiences, and even the manner and way she writes belies the life experiences she went through, so even commenting there can take away from the story, I feel.

I can say though that it is riveting, powerful, and emotional. I can also say that it ended rather abruptly, and would have loved another chapter or two to ease in to a greater understanding of how she came to be who she is at the time of writing the book.

Otherwise, not the kind of story I normally read, but highly recommended nonetheless.

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  • 02-03-17

Great story!

Really exciting and interesting - written so incredibly well - and the narrator was really really good

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  • Mr. John Harris
  • 05-22-13

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 11-20-13

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 05-21-13

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 04-24-13

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?

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • C Nixon Stewart
  • 09-25-16

Where is the sequel?!?! I want more!

What a story of a person's indomitable life and triumphant. Such a captivating story full of loneliness, sadness, excitement and often forgetting that it was a real life experience of a young girl who was abandoned, used and abused but what a survivor. but the wildness, street smarts and the influence of monkeys create such a vivid character and those around her.
It is must read for anyone who is naive to the world.

I can't wait for the sequel...where is !!!

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  • DF
  • 03-10-15

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.

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  • Petergeo
  • 01-18-15

Unbearable voice

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

A child

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The level of detail was not believable

What didn’t you like about Pam Ward’s performance?

Her baby talk was unbearable, narrate but please stop trying to talk like a little girl

What character would you cut from The Girl with No Name?

The narrator

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  • Dean
  • 09-02-13

Melodrama doesn't work for me.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you like dramatic and inspirational tales of children overcoming hardships this story will float your boat.<br/>

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

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.<br/>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.<br/><br/>As an exercise in playing with the audience's uncertainty over whether this is fiction, autobiographical semi-fiction or reportage, this works very well. <br/><br/>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.

What aspect of Pam Ward’s performance might you have changed?

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.

What character would you cut from The Girl with No Name?

The fictional characters - unfortunately that is probably most of them.

Any additional comments?

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful