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Reason for Hope

Narrated by: Jane Goodall
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Jane Goodall's destiny has been blessed with faith, resolve, and purpose. From a little girl inspired by Tarzan, she became the woman who worked alongside famed paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey, accomplished scientific breakthroughs in Gombe, and ultimately became a champion of the environment. The journey has not been without its crises; she endured the horrors of World War II, assaults on the integrity of her work, a hostage-taking at Gombe, and her husband's slow, agonizing death. But throughout, her religious convictions have helped her survive - and Jane Goodall's pursuit of science has enhanced, not eroded, her belief in God. In this biography, she candidly shares her life, as well as the Gombe chimpanzees she introduced to the world nearly forty years ago. And she gives us convincing reasons why we can and must open ourselves to the saints within each of us. At one with nature and challenged by the man-made dangers of environmental destruction, inequality, materialism, and genocide, Dr. Goodall offers insight into her perceptions of these threats and celebrates the people who are working for Earth's renewal. Here, indeed, is Reason for Hope.
©2000 Jane Goodall (P)16 9; 1999 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the critics say

"The Einstein of behavioral sciences." (The Los Angeles Times)
"The scarcity of Jane Goodalls...may be more ominous than the scarcity of chimpanzees." (Rocky Mountain News)

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Wisdom from a light worker

Dr. Goodall has been a beacon of hope for me during this dark period of climate change, vanishing species and global abuse of our planet. She offers many stories from her own life journey with a summary of why she remains inspired to keep going. Jane is not affiliated with any particular religion but does see life from a place of reverence and mystery. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages and beliefs. Truly an evolved and compassionate human being and I’m so thankful to have had a glimpse into her miraculous life story.

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  • Larry
  • 2003-08-13

Journey into a remarkably full life

How can you not add this to your collection? I am a Pagan by choice and feel very tied to the Natural world. From the describtion you would thik I would not be attuned to Jane's message (and you do feel like calling her Jane as well as Dr. Goodall) after going on this journey with her. But she is fair to all points of a view, and you get glimpses of a life well-lived and a good mixture of her personal philosophy and the events of her life. It is a remarkable thing to have an opportunity to visit with Jane for 6 hours. This is so good, it is almost worth getting and aubile account for just this one book. Must, a total must, for anyone with kids, especially daughters who show an interest in science and the natural world. Which really should be all kids, shouldn't it?

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  • Kathleen
  • 2003-12-04

A luminous book

I rarely read nonfiction. I rarely read a book twice. This book has captured my heart so much....I plan to reread it on a regular basis. The only thing that I can think of which would be more enjoyable than listening to this book would be an opportunity to chat with Jane Goodall in person!

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  • Chris
  • 2005-09-08

Loved it

It was really good, it's fascinating how she work her way around all these obstacles, it's an inspiration to everyone. I truly enjoyed listening to it, it was really interesting with the author narrating.

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  • Dana
  • 2012-07-20

A True Messenger, Heroine & Story Teller

What did you love best about Reason for Hope?

I loved how Jane was able to weave together anecdotes from her childhood, observations in the forests of Gombe, experiences as a wife and mother, and her work as a researcher into a cohesive story of her personal psychological, emotional and spiritual evolution.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Reason for Hope?

So many, but the story of chimpanzee David Greybeard's reaching out to express gratitude was particularly moving.

Any additional comments?

Dr. Goodall's retelling of her life experiences are expressed with great honesty and emotion. To hear her read the book with her own calm yet earnest voice is priceless. Hers is a remarkable journey, which includes growing up in wartime, living in war-torn Africa, visiting the remains of Nazi concentration camps, and traveling the globe with an insatiable desire to learn and teach. Her lifelong search to understand cruelty and compassion among human beings and animals is, for me, deeply moving and relevant. This is a must-listen for those of us who have felt a connection with the Divine in nature, and seek to experience more peace and express more compassion in a tumultuous world.

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  • charles ryon
  • 2007-02-16

Compelling Account

Jane Goodall seems to have a meditative lucidity in her descriptions and discussions. Her reflections on her apes and ensueing assessments of humanity are too much... I can't get enough. This is a super-compelling story.

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  • Janet
  • 2006-02-22

Reason for Hope

It was an interesting story and I enjoyed the book but it was not stellar.

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  • Dawn
  • 2004-05-07

A must read for all

Dr. Goodall provides an amazing account of her travels, her life's journey and her insights as to where our world, and humanity, is headed.

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  • Kim
  • 2019-06-12

Moving and insightful

This is my first exposure to Jane Goodall’s literature and I loved it. I could not stop listening to her gentle, but confident voice narrating her incredible life.

I would highly recommended this audiobook!

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  • Suzanne E. Bott, PhD
  • 2019-03-15

Beautiful memoir full of insight

Wonderful life story filled with passion, despair, courage, and reassurance. Dr Goodall is magnificent and inspiring.

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  • mike
  • 2018-11-20

Abridged!

I was so disappointed that it was not only abridged but not abridged well. I had a hard copy (I often read and listen to my books at the same time) and it was impossible to follow along. On a positive note, the full book was awesome. Jane Goodall is amazing. LOVE that she read her own book! I wish more authors would do that!