A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Robert M. Sapolsky

Narrated By: Mike Chamberlain

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: December 2013

Duration: 15 hours 0 minutes


'I had never planned to become a savanna baboon when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla,' writes Robert Sapolsky in this witty and riveting chronicle of a scientist's coming-of-age in remote Africa.

An exhilarating account of Sapolsky's twenty-one-year study of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya, A Primate's Memoir interweaves serious scientific observations with wry commentary about the challenges and pleasures of living in the wilds of the Serengeti-for man and beast alike. Over two decades, Sapolsky survives culinary atrocities, gunpoint encounters, and a surreal kidnapping, while witnessing the encroachment of the tourist mentality on the farthest vestiges of unspoiled Africa. As he conducts unprecedented physiological research on wild primates, he becomes evermore enamored of his subjects-unique and compelling characters in their own right-and he returns to them summer after summer, until tragedy finally prevents him.

By turns hilarious and poignant, A Primate's Memoir is a magnum opus from one of our foremost science writers.


  • teddi a

    I enjoyed this memoir and the way the various stories making up the book are knitted together. Having intimate knowledge of the Bush and Kenya, I got totally immersed in the daily excursions and happenings at camp. At the beginning I was not impressed with the narrator but soon got used to him. The interpretation of baboon life is humorous, not too scientific. There is a lot to be learned from the different peoples living in the Masai Mara and the Serengeti. I have bought the actual book for a second read!!

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