This book is incredibly insightful! I've learned so much about our chemistry - including men - and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Some reviewers complained about the narration, so I changed it to x1.25 speed and quickly forgot about it.
Really great in depth understanding of biological and fundamental differences as changes in the female brain. It gives validation, explanations for behavioral thought patterns and equips us with excellent knowledge to be in control of the choices we make with the knowledge we have about how our brains arrive at different options from which we can choose.
I've suspected for a while that there are things happening in my brain that are not entirely in my control, so it was fascinating to have someone else so clearly articulate many of my experiences! It's validating to know my brain chemistry and its behavioral impact. This book is a must read for anyone who truly wants to understand a woman; we are remarkable creatures! I do wish some of the variations of the female experience were explored a bit more, like the brain chemistry of homosexuality or what happens when the typical patterns of hormones and brain circuits are disrupted (like how do we get social outcasts and severe social anxiety if we're wired for relationship?), but I'm sure that would require several books!
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Feminism and Marxism preached that there was no such thing as human nature or difference in the genders outside of what the environment determined. Recent brain science has proven that to be incorrect. Brizendine's book is a thorough and scientific explanation of how hormones and brain structures incline a human to have those wonderful and sometimes confounding traits we call "feminine."
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.
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.
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 agree with the previous reviewer - the narration is awful. Surprising - since its the author. It sounds like she's not comprehending the content, and the overall style is sappy. Borderline unlistenable.
The book is ok, though it teaches no mechanism to cope with hormonal changes other than to take more hormones. Worst of all is her voice it is really very annoying.