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Mama's Last Hug

Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves
Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
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New York Times best-selling author and primatologist Frans de Waal explores the fascinating world of animal and human emotions. 

Mama's Last Hug opens with the dramatic farewell between Mama, a dying 59-year-old chimpanzee matriarch, and biologist Jan Van Hooff. This heartfelt final meeting of two longtime friends, widely shared as a video, offers a window into how deep and instantly recognizable these bonds can be. 

So begins Frans de Waal's whirlwind tour of new ideas and findings about animal emotions, based on his renowned studies of the social and emotional lives of chimpanzees, bonobos, and other primates. De Waal discusses facial expressions, animal sentience and consciousness, Mama's life and death, the emotional side of human politics, and the illusion of free will. He distinguishes between emotions and feelings, all the while emphasizing the continuity between our species and other species. And he makes the radical proposal that emotions are like organs: We don't have a single organ that other animals don't have, and the same is true for our emotions. 

©2019 Frans de Waal (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Excellent

I highly recommend this book. It is so well done. Both in content and narration.

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SO TRUE!

Just loved it!!! Finally a book, written by a well respected scientist, to open that door, and place a permanent door stop on it ever closing again, to let all societyknow, we are all individuals with open hearts, souls, emotions, love,desires, worries, plans, hopes, dedication, concerns, hate, fear, jealousy, and more. Modern life has blunted our own understandings of ourselves, and Frans is making it clear, that, after all, we humans, who think we are so superior, are not so, not at all! We can learn a lot, if only we open ourselves to the opportunity ! I will now purchase all of his other books as well! JUST LOVED IT, humbling!

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Exceptional Science

The narrator was top notch . The material was well supported and insightful. Logical, rational, and reasonable conclusions. Transparent scientific method. Loved it.

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More of a text book than a story

This is more of a text book than a story about Mama. The psychology of animals in general is covered extensively in the book and not as much on the life and interaction with Mama. Starts out good but then gets too much like a psychology text book. I was looking for a more endearing story.