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."
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
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.
Reading this book has help me respect and appreciate women more, because of the daily hardships that they have to deal with mental. Enjoyed every chapter.
This book ranked right up towards the top of my favorites list. The downside being that I had to speed up the narrator speed to 2x because the book is read so slow. I'm a medical student and the book gave insights into the real world perception of hormones that was never given in med school. I actually see behavior among men and women a little differently now...we're basically a product of our hormones.
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.
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 found the book to be very informational. It is full of research and the author tries to make all that data still interesting, but the reader was almost unbearably difficult for me to listen to. She has a very "ditzy" tone to her voice and "mones" her words often. I can usually listen to a book for about 6 hours on end if it is interesting while I am at work, but I had to take frequent breaks with this one. Book was somewhat insightful, but if your hoping to understand women better... your search will be long and hard. This book is definitely not the end all.
I'd say the book was a little better than two, but definitely not a three star listen.