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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.

©2014 Audible, Inc.; 2013 Marina Chapman

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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.

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  • 21-05-13

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!

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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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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

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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?

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Inspiring

This story gave me new insights into my life. The narrator sounded crying and weeping and it soon started annoy me. One of the best books I've ever read though.

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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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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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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.

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.
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.

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.

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  • Debbie
  • 21-05-15

Second time

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

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  • Joyful One
  • 09-08-18

Captivating, disturbing and a GREAT ending!

I acquired this audio book after hearing a friend talk about it. My plan was to listen while on an 8-hour road trip alone. I started it before the trip and couldn't stop listening whenever possible. Knowing it was supposed to be true I began to question the possibility of a child surviving everything Marina reported. I searched the web for more information. I found interviews of Marina with her lovely daughter who helped capture her story and publish it. I am convinced it happened and that her recollections are accurate. Her growth was stunted from lack of food and she is only 4'9" and in her 60's now. It is a truly surreal, amazing and miraculous story. She had to have an extremely strong will to survive. She was a fighter. I am a person of faith in God and that he works miracles. I can only believe Marina is where she is today in life because of His Hand upon her and that He was moved by her strong will to see her through. I highly recommend listening to her story and finding her on YouTube to see her in life now.

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  • young homesteader
  • 31-05-16

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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  • Bea Kewl
  • 13-05-16

excellent intonation, great story!

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

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  • Rebecca
  • 10-07-15

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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  • nancyshrode
  • 04-05-15

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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  • Christy
  • 09-05-21

God's hand on her life

loved this story although heartbreaking to think that so much was taken from the girls life. but very visible how God still had his hand on her life and protected her and brought her out of misery.

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  • Marcy
  • 19-04-21

UGH!

This was terrible....hard to believe story with a terrible narrator. Don't bother...the narrator made listening to this story even more difficult. I hate that I bought this.

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  • David
  • 05-03-21

Is this amazing story for real?

So completely astonishing that I wondered if it was all true. Beautifully constructed and well told, sounds like it should be (or maybe was) a Nicholas Kristof New York Times news story about exploited children. Thankfully a few good & moral adults -& monkeys- shine among so much cruelty.

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  • Tim M.
  • 03-10-20

Excellent Storytelling

Loved it to the end. Very captivating and exciting to hear about the struggles and successes!!