Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2008
CD ISBN 978-0061734946 $29.95 Five CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
After 30 years of language research using her pet parrot, Alex, as the principal subject, Dr. Pepperberg contends that her bird's level of comprehension equaled that of chimps and dolphins. Using a technique called "appropriate labeling," she came to believe that Alex's accomplishments proved he had cognitive function. Although her work and conclusions have not been widely accepted, she provides enough data from her records for listeners to evaluate her methods and decide for themselves. Narrator Julia Gibson chooses a diminutive voice as her rendition of the author speaking, maybe because she wants to emphasize the warm relationship of owner and pet more than the rigorous science of the story. Gibson makes no attempt to imitate Alex as he works on his lessons, missing a precious opportunity for characterization. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2008]
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