Roger Fouts, Stephen Tukel Mills, Jane Goodall (Introduction and notes) – Next of Kin


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 30-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.

Author: Roger Fouts, Stephen Tukel Mills, Jane Goodall (Introduction and notes)
Narrator: Roger Fouts
Duration: 4 hours 32 minutes
Released: 10 Aug 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Language: English

User Review:

arbitration modernist

This is my favorite book. It reads like a novel. a love story.

“It was Washoe who taught me that human is only an adjective that describes being. The essence of who I am is not my humanness, but my beingness” Roger Fouts, Next of Kin