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Review: Hope for Animals and Their World

February 26, 2010

Jane Goodall travels the world meeting with biologist and raising funds for her own nonprofit organization. Along the way, she has collected the stories of many people who have made a difference in saving animals (including insects) and plants from extinction.

These stories plus the stories of the discoveries of some new species are told in her book, Hope for Animals and Their World.   I listened to the audio version of this book and it is narrated by the author with field notes by Thane Maynard, the director of the Cincinnati Zoo.  I was excited to listen to this book because I admire Jane Goodall and others who are dedicating their lives to saving species that might otherwise be forgotten.

I’m sorry to say that I think I would have preferred Hope for Animals and Their World in print version.  I didn’t find Jane Goodall to be the most engaging narrator and it was very obvious that the audio book was edited in several places.   The stories ran together for me and, after a while, they all started to sound the same.  Artificial insemination was used a lot and similar methods were often used for similar breeds of animals.  I had trouble visualizing the animals and there are pictures on one of the CDs, but it wasn’t always convenient to look at them.  Since each of the individual stories stands alone, I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I had not listened to the stories consecutively, but had taken a break between them.

I think the stories told in Hope for Animals and Their World are important and I’m glad that there are people who are so passionate about conservation that they are willing to dedicate their lives to saving a species, so I’m sorry to say that the audio book was just okay for me.  I recommend trying the print version if this interests you.

Challenges: Books Won Reading Challenge

I won this book in a contest on Metroreader.   I am an Amazon Associate.
26 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2010 7:04 am

    Sounds like a good book but I can understand that a print book would be the preferred version.

  2. February 26, 2010 7:09 am

    It is a slippery slope, authors narrating their own books. They have a passion for the material, but you really have to have some skills to make the words come to life. I have also found short stories don’t translate well on audio either. The topic is interesting though. I love her work.

  3. February 26, 2010 7:35 am

    I have always been interested in Goodall and her work, but I think I’ll read this one rather than listen. I’m not the best person for audio anyway.

  4. February 26, 2010 7:56 am

    This sounds really interesting – I’ll have to give it a look. But I’ll definitely try the print version (not a fan of authors reading their own work). I really enjoyed Goodall’s “In the Shadow of Man” when I read it many years ago, although I remember that much of it was very sad.

  5. February 26, 2010 8:18 am

    I’m not a huge fan of audiobooks. I’m not sure why. I did listen to my first Vonnegut novel on audiobook and loved it! I think the narrator has a huge influence on the book.

    I’m not sure that I would enjoy this book. It doesn’t seem like my kind of book.

  6. February 26, 2010 9:16 am

    I dont think this book is for me, so I will pass!
    Thank you for your honest review of the book.

  7. February 26, 2010 9:34 am

    I’m interested in her work, i’ve seen a documentary about her before. Sorry to hear the audio version wasnt so great, it does sound like it would be better in print.

  8. February 26, 2010 10:06 am

    I would be rubbish at listening to it at all. I have to have print!

  9. February 26, 2010 10:08 am

    Rats! I have the audio!

  10. February 26, 2010 10:10 am

    I was wondering about this one. I won the audio but was finding it very dry so stopped listening. Thanks Kathy

  11. February 26, 2010 10:11 am

    I listened to my first audiobook and since I’m such a visual person I found it to be just “okay.” Maybe for a long car ride it would be good.

    I love Goodall and everything she does for animals, so I’m sure I would enjoy this…in the print version 🙂

    Thanks for the review.

  12. February 26, 2010 11:57 am

    Thanks for reviewing audio books Kathy. It’s too bad that it fell short!

  13. stacybuckeye permalink
    February 26, 2010 12:33 pm

    Sometimes the audio just doesn’t work as well. And sometimes an author is just not engaging enough to read their own work.
    The book itself sounds good. I’ve never read anything by Goodall.

  14. February 26, 2010 1:23 pm

    Sometimes it is hard to know if a book will work in a certain format.

  15. February 26, 2010 2:02 pm

    I have had this book on my list for a while, but had held off on reading it because I tend to like things that are more memoir in style, and this sounds to be more about other people and less about her. I’ll definitely stick to the print version if I read it.

  16. February 26, 2010 2:21 pm

    I remember Jane Goodall from her work with chimpanzees. Thanks for your honest review, Kathy.

  17. February 26, 2010 7:18 pm

    So sorry the audio version didn’t work out for you. I go through the same problem with most audio books. But sounds like a good book nevertheless!

  18. February 26, 2010 8:29 pm

    Some books just aren’t that great on audio and not all authors are good readers. I am a Jane Goodall fan, so I think I’ll look for this one in print.

  19. February 26, 2010 8:45 pm

    I’m a big jane goodall fan too and will have to check this out!

  20. February 27, 2010 11:46 am

    Too bad she isn’t skilled at reading for audio books. We heard her speak at Rutgers several years ago; she was a wonderful speaker who began her speech with a chimpanzee greeting vocalization. The audience was charmed and hurried to get their books autographed afterward. I love her print books so possibly that would go over better.

  21. justicejenniferreads permalink
    February 27, 2010 3:56 pm

    I always feel like short stories that are weaved together in a book are much better actually read in print than in an audio format. It’s just really difficult for me to keep things straight when the text isn’t in front of me.

  22. February 28, 2010 1:21 am

    I have seen interviews with Jane Goodall and would think that she wouldn’t make the best narrator.

    She is very passionate about what she and others do for animals and I would be interested in reading the print version. I have been a great admirer of hers since I was a very small child.

  23. March 1, 2010 5:00 pm

    Sorry to hear that the audio version wasn’t that great. I do like Goodall, but the fact that the stories all seem very similar doesn’t bode well for me. I might try to check this one out from the library instead of buying it. That way if I am not wowed by it, I can just take it back. Great review, and thanks for your honesty.

  24. March 5, 2010 12:26 pm

    That’s one of the reasons I don’t listen to audio books (except for one here and there). Most of the ones I’ve tried have been poorly narrated.

  25. March 6, 2010 8:54 am

    This sounds like a meaningful read. I hardly “read” audio books anymore…

  26. March 22, 2010 2:48 pm

    Thanks! for the review.

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