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Through a Window

My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
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In her classic, In the Shadow of Man, Jane Goodall wrote of her first 10 years at Gombe. In Through a Window she continues the story, painting a more complete and vivid portrait of our closest relatives.   

On the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Gombe is a community where the principal residents are chimpanzees. Through Goodall's eyes we watch young Figan's relentless rise to power and old Mike's crushing defeat. We learn how one mother rears her children to succeed, and another dooms hers to failure. We witness horrifying murders, touching moments of affection, joyous births, and wrenching deaths.

As Goodall compellingly tells the story of this intimately intertwined community, we are shown human emotions stripped to their essence. In the mirror of chimpanzee life, we see ourselves reflected.

©1990 Soko Publications Limited; Preface copyright 2010 by Jane Goodall; Afterword copyright 2010 by Jane Goodall (P)2018 Tantor

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  • 05-04-19

The wonderful Dr. Jane Goodall

The best parts of this book are the descriptions of the extraordinary relationships among the chimpanzees. Jane Goodall has a remarkable ability for interpreting her observations of chimpanzee social behaviours ad stories and it makes her writing addictive. Hers is a profoundly empathetic voice. She gently encourages her audience to ponder our near kinship to chimpanzees and to question what it means to be human. Her prose is clear and rich in precisely ordered detail, and full of emotional depth. Having said this, the parts of the book that were not as interesting, to me at least, are the tangents into the more human oriented activities like what the groups of research students were up to or the training undertaken for various people. Human beings are rather boring in this context with the exception of Jane and her second husband who was like a kind of modern Lawrence of Arabia.

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  • Kathy Wilson
  • 04-06-19

Great, simply great

I am so glad this is on Audible ..it is certainly one of the best animal behavior books I have ever read. Plus it is so thought provoking and honest and interesting. the performance was the best. Needless to say I loved it

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  • 02-10-18

Wonderfully Insightful

This amazing autobiography offers a glimpse into Dr. Goodall’s world and groundbreaking work that revolutionized science forever.
-David Couto-