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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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
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!
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?
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 !!!
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.
The level of detail was not believable
Her baby talk was unbearable, narrate but please stop trying to talk like a little girl
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.
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.
"excellent intonation, great story!"
the story was fantastic and inspiring. the reader was a great fit. I enjoyed it.
"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.
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
"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
"Wish it told her entire story"
How het life changed and her husband and children and if she ever found her parents
This is a brutal story with questions surrounding the authenticity of her story. I found her jungle years fascinating however I decided to stop when she was sold to a brothel. Not interesting to me and too terrible to imagine.
It is probably unfair of me to give it a low rating, however I am rating it according to my opinion.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was in awe of her maturity and common sense, considering her circumstances! I'm delighted she found a loving family and ultimately happiness .
Wonderful story, with happy ending!
"Now I want the rest of the story"
Through this story, I lived in the jungle. Ended too soon for.me. If there's a sequel, I will buy it. Good writing style made me feel all of the emotions like they were my own. I do believe she was raised by monkeys even though there was no proof.
"Very rich descriptions"
I loved how this book really brought me into the world of the girl with no name. The descriptions are rich and honest. I wished the story had gone on to talk about what happened after she found her name, but I suppose that wasn't the point. Very uplifting read.
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