Could barely get through the introduction. Not sure whether I didn't like the book, or the narrator - probably both since the author narrates. Perhaps it would be more interesting for people with no medical (or scientific) background, but I doubt it
I could not get into the book because the author, who is the narrator, has a voice that drove me nuts.
No. Not if she read it. I might be willing to try a hardcopy.
1) Someone besides the author should have read it.
2) The topic of how genes, neurons, and experiences all contribute to gender differences is an important and valuable topic in science, and one on which there is a lot of research on how these factors work together to create very real differences between men and women. This book does a true disservice to all of that scientific research. The author repeatedly used terms that are inappropriate for human brains: "hard-wired", "determined by genes," "driven by hormones." As a neuroscientist myself, I know that in the human brain, unlike in some animal brains, no neural connections are completely hard-wired.
The way development works in human (and many primate and mammalian) brains allows for an elegant interaction of neuron growth regulated by genes, neural wiring regulated by experience, and genetic activity in neurons regulated by both genes and experience. It's a disservice to readers to portray brain development so inaccurately, as if it were less flexible than it really is.
3) The scientist/author should have done what scientists are supposed to do: consider alternative hypotheses to her own, and how well various alternatives explain the data. did not even try to imagine how gender differences apparent in children aged 3 or 4 might be explained by experiences, but simply stated that if such differences were present at such a young age, they must be "genetically determined" or "controlled by hormones" or "hard-wired."
There is ample research on how people treat even new-born babies differently depending, not on the baby's actual gender, but on what they think the baby's gender is. Boys are handled more roughly, girls more gently; people talk to boys and girls differently; as babies grow into toddlers who interact with others, girls are given disapproval if they are rough or assertive, whereas boys receive approval and praise for such behavior.
None of this research is acknowledged, nor are the author's hypotheses ever truly considered in the scientific light of evidence that is inconsistent with the author's point of view. (We at least deserve to get her explanation of how to deal with such evidence.) Instead, an oversimplified narrative about gender is driven home, and many unsupported claims are made throughout the book, but written as though they constitute "scientific facts." This book gives science writing a bad name.
Dull, flat voice.
This book was a complete disappointment.
The Faithful Traveler
First, I would like to comment on the reader/author's reading style. She is VERY soft spoken, almost annoyingly so (at least, in my taste). It makes this book difficult to listen to while driving (granted, my car is noisy). But also, it sounds like the author is reading a story to a child before bed. Her voice is so calm and soothing, it sort of puts you to sleep.
As for the content, I found some of the content to be helpful, but a good majority of it to be annoying and painful to listen to. The author analyzes the female brain from conception, almost, moving on through the stages--infancy, the terrible twos (a term she doesn't use), childhood, the teen years. That's about as far as I've gotten, because, at every stage, this author presents women as if they are purely selfish beings, incapable of doing or thinking anything that isn't all about ME ME ME. I understand that we all have the capability of selfishness, perhaps even that we tend toward it, but I have a hard time believing that we are hard wired toward being selfish, and that every woman is or behaves as this doctor claims she does.
Maybe I've missed something. But, as I'm in the middle of the author's discussion of the teen years, and this teenager she's describing is an absolute hellion, I am having a hard time caring about her or what she is like when, and if, she ever grows up.
Yes , Because I am shure I would pick up on some parts I missed the first time.
The details of the story
YES! Loved the book when I read it loved the book when I listened to it!
No other book compares when it comes to WOMENS neuroscience.
I couldnt choose.
Obsesively listened to it.
I haven't seen the print version, but I very much enjoyed the audio book.
Your Brain at Work, and Spark - due to the information about how the brain works along with the biology behind behavior - fascinating.
Her own voice is great, and the emphasis of words, etc. comes across clearly.
Female Brains got it going on!
I have listened to this book and found it fascinating.I am a man living with two teenage daughters and partner, so life can be tough in this house of girls.If some one creates a hormonal control device that can balance the release of female hormones, they will not only win the Nobel Prize for Science but also the Nobel Peace Prize.They can have my house and i-pad too. Happy days!
Louann reads the book with a lovely warm voice full of sincerity.
I just bought her book on the male brain even though I already know it all!
Twilight didn't help me understand the female psyche but this book did. A must listen for all neuropsychs and writers. Really, it blew my mind- and I'm a guy so that's a good thing. However you must listen to at 1.5x speed or you'll go crazy- it's like they slowed it down to stretch out the length? Also, I was. Surprised by the author's lack of knowledge on genetics. Epigenetics has to do with RNA and other non-nuclear DNA not impressioning. That females' two x chromosomes does not influence phenotypes' demeanor since one is randomly discarded. But her neuroscience is strong even though she doesn't provide references for all studies. Overall still a must read given those caveats.
This book is simply uninteresting. It has no factual evidence to support her theories. I forced myself to listen to this dreadfully, mind-numbing book because I purchased it with the expectation of learning something new about the female brain. If you plan on purchasing this book please listen to the sample first. If you can withstand her voice for seven full hours without having qualms about her theories then look no further. But I must personally say it was a disappointment.