Frans de Waal – Mama’s Last Hug


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.

Author: Frans de Waal
Narrator: L. J. Ganser
Duration: 10 hours 38 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2003
Publisher: Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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I enjoyed listening to this book very much. I was hesitant from reading this in the beginning, thinking it would be a dull science book on emotions. In the contrary I found the book to be very interesting and insightful. I enjoyed the authors sense of humor at recounting some of the stories and examples. The narrator captures the authors words so well, I felt I was really listening to the author it self.