Sean Runnette narrates with a scholarly voice, at times waxing philosophical. A chimp can plan ahead, gathering straw for warmth against expected cold temperatures. An elephant knows to use a box as a step to get to fruits. Gorillas can disarm poachers' snares. Observations like those make Frans de Waal think humans have underestimated animals' intelligence and cognition. The author's philosophical or theorizing moments can bog this material down, but not for long. The audiobook keeps returning to its strength, the numerous examples, not just of chimps but also of many other species. The stories of honey badgers who escape captivity, dolphins who work with fishermen, and parrots who actually converse are fascinating. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2016]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2016
CD ISBN 9781504712224 $34.95 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-5047-1218-7 $19.95
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2016
CD ISBN 9781504712194 $100.00 Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781504712217 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781504712163 multiple sources
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