This book is full of science which may make it a hard slog for some people. But if you want the full understanding of the male brain then this is one of the best books on the topic. Becasue the author explains the changes to the male brain and biology over the course of life this book is also helpful to parents.
This is a well presented educational book. There is no 'interpretation' of science by the author, nor does it rely in 'questionable reseach'. Unfortunately for some people the facts presented in this book will be hard for them to confront. Particularly those who believe in such things as the blank slate, or that gender is only a social construct. It's also agenda free which is another refreshing thing about it.
Where are the male artists in her world view? where are the writers, musicians, painters, actors and poets? Who are these men? And how is it the majority create their best works in their prime? How is it endeavourers so reliant on perceptive and predictive emotional reasoning can have male participants at all? just answer me that.
Both this book and Brizendine's other offering, The Female Brain, left me angry and disgusted. Not only is her science questionable, but the extremely narrow view of both men and women is extremely off-putting. She is clearly writing about the average, addressing only the superficial. I give it one star only because it is short.
I've enjoyed listening to both books (male and female brain). There is some overlap but lots of good info on why the sexes are different and why there are stereotypes for men vs women. I only wish there was some info on geriatric old people brains (the only age group missing).
The aging process of the male brain
The entire book was a great performance.
The characters she uses to "illustrate" her point are generic and described as if they were in a romance novel. The actual 'scientific' information - such as the hormones’ influxes at different developmental stages were interesting. However, I balked at listening to her character descriptions. Science was left behind to describe the 'long blond hair' or 'hourglass figure' or 'tight abs' that attracted the men. The one thing which was applicable is that, during and argument, some men actually get a 'high' (surge of adrenaline) when they are arguing which fuels their anger momentum. Not arguing with them, until they have 'calmed', is the best strategy. The narrator also has a ‘warm’, ‘motherly’ sort of voice during the descriptions of the male’s development. She seems so certain in the differences between male aggression and lack of female aggression that I felt like she has clearly never worked in the service industry .
Flighty twenty-something with an iPhone
This book so lovely spells out the simple and yet significant differences between men and women. As a female, reading this book it was such an eye opening lesson. I bought this book for my sister just before she had her son.
If you are a dad, husband, dating someone or may be thinking of being any of the preceding you have to read this book. Very easy listen - good narration. Women - you should give this a listen also. Explains so much as why we males do the stupid things we do. It also helps us males understand why you women are so difficult. : )