Next of Kin by Roger Fouts audiobook

Next of Kin: What Chimpanzees Have Taught Me about Who We Are

By Roger Fouts , with Stephen Tukel Mills
Introduction by Jane Goodall
Read by Roger Fouts

Simon & Schuster Audio
4.53 Hours 1
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Roger Fouts fulfilled humankind’s age-old dream of talking to animals by pioneering communication with chimpanzees through sign language. Now, in Next of Kin, Fouts tells the dramatic story of his odyssey from novice researcher to celebrity scientist and caretaker of a family of chimpanzees, to his impassioned awakening as a crusader for the rights of animals. At the heart of this captivating audiobook is Fouts’s magical thirty-year friendship with Washoe, the chimpanzee he met when she jumped into his arms. We follow Washoe as she grows from a mischievous baby chimp fresh out of the NASA space program into the matriarch of a clan of chimpanzees. Living and conversing with these sensitive creatures has given Fouts a profound appreciation of how much we share with our closest biological relatives, and what they can teach us about ourselves. This stirring tale of friendship, courage, and compassion will change forever the way we view our biological—and spiritual—Next of Kin.

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Summary

Summary

Roger Fouts fulfilled humankind’s age-old dream of talking to animals by pioneering communication with chimpanzees through sign language. Now, in Next of Kin, Fouts tells the dramatic story of his odyssey from novice researcher to celebrity scientist and caretaker of a family of chimpanzees, to his impassioned awakening as a crusader for the rights of animals.

At the heart of this captivating audiobook is Fouts’s magical thirty-year friendship with Washoe, the chimpanzee he met when she jumped into his arms. We follow Washoe as she grows from a mischievous baby chimp fresh out of the NASA space program into the matriarch of a clan of chimpanzees. Living and conversing with these sensitive creatures has given Fouts a profound appreciation of how much we share with our closest biological relatives, and what they can teach us about ourselves.

This stirring tale of friendship, courage, and compassion will change forever the way we view our biological—and spiritual—Next of Kin.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Engrossing…alternately hilarious and heartbreaking.”  San Francisco Chronicle
“A book that can leave no reader unmoved…a ringing J’accuse! against the scientific establishment.”  Chicago Sun-Times
“Beyond its storytelling value, this contains ideas as revolutionary as any since The Origin of the Species.”  Seattle Times
“An illuminating, stimulating, challenging, and humane story.”  Washington Post

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Author

Author Bio: Roger Fouts

Author Bio: Roger Fouts

Roger S. Fouts is an American primate researcher, codirector of the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) in Washington, and a professor of psychology at the Central Washington University. He is best known for his role in teaching Washoe the chimpanzee to communicate using select signs from American Sign Language. He is also an animal rights advocate, citing the New Zealand Animal Welfare Act as a model for legal rights for the Great Apes and campaigning with British primatologist Jane Goodall for improved conditions for chimpanzees. He has written on animal law and the ethics of animal testing. He is also an adviser to the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. He is married to Deborah Fouts, who is also codirector of CHCI.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 4.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English