This is the first somewhat serious scientific book I have listened to. A different experience from fiction or memoir. And this book is still written for a general audience, not a scientist, so it wasn't difficult to understand. It has some humor, which the reader was very skilled at presenting.
The subject is certainly controversial, but I thought the authors did a great job of making their point. They include many quotes from other scientists, both to support their theory, and from the other side. Then they point out the errors, or inconsistencies from the contrary position. Anyone with an interest in human sexuality would find this book to be interesting.
Everything I always thought and couldn't quite say at polite dinner parties! Brilliant and keeps your interest all the way through. One of the best non fiction I've read.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It had a great sense of humor, and erased many of the preconceived notions about monogamy that I had been harboring for my entire life. It was a great read and would have gotten 5 stars if they were able to offer some conclusions about their findings.
The first half of this book is spent disproving everyone from Jane Goodall to Einstein, in topics that vary wildly from the anticipated subject suggested by the title. The authors make some rather outrageous postulations that they continually promise to back up with data, and although some interesting theories and research results are presented in the book, they fail to live up to initial claims.
The authors aim to prove that humans are, in fact, inclined to promiscuity through genetics and learned behaviors demonstrated throughout history, and that this lies in sharp contrast to society's imposed "norms" such as marriage and monogamy. The aforementioned efforts to disprove multiple existing/ accepted theories on human behavior serves to show that everyone else has been on the wrong track. Much is extrapolated from studies of primates such as chimps and bonobos, although some studies on human subjects are thrown in to substantiate claims. Further evidence is provided by re-examining history through the lens that the authors create.
The performance is filled with flippant, off-putting remarks and attempts at slang that are apparently meant to break the aggressive tone towards existing theories and perhaps strike a humorous tone with readers. This effort fails and serves more to offend in a topic that some might find sensitive to begin with.
In a nutshell, the author's theories about promiscuity of the human race throughout history have some merit...but believing them remains a matter of personal choice.
I get a high from learning new things and seeing the world in a different light. Books do that for me and audio books fit my daily routine.
I've already listened to this book twice because I found its thesis so liberating. As a scientist I pursue deeper understanding of nature. When you get it right, everything falls into place and makes sense. I felt that happening as I listened to this book. What we assume about the relationship between men and women was wrong before: 180 degrees wrong! The authors are right about the real nature of our sexuality. Listen to this book and liberate yourself from the failed paradigms foisted on us generation after generation.
I will admit, this audio book has me looking at the world (male and female interactions) a bit differently. It offers up a perspective that isn't really taught in school and backs it up with comparisons to our ancestors and monkeys. This isn't all that much of a stretch as this is how a lot of this type of science works, but it comes with a huge caveat that anybody who has spent any time with stats will tell you. Correlation does not mean causation.
That aside it's a fascination perspective, makes a lot of sense and will probably change the way you view relationships (hopefully in a positive way). The narration is a bit dry and that does hurt the overall enjoyment of this work.
There are subtle political leanings that are untimely crammed into the story.
It's full of strawmen fallacies, and you can tell the book was written to feed into popular culture and to exonerate unfaithful spouses by telling them "it's ok, it's in your nature".
They didn't mispronounce any words. They should have just stuck to one narrator.
History enthusiast with military and legal background.
Spoiler alert (not really), the point of this book is that monogamy and life long pair bonding are not "natural" and are a product of the advent of agriculture and property rights. The book included arguments based on history, sociology, psychology, biology, and chemistry. Any work that deals with weighty topics requires a little contemplation, which allows you to test the author's points, and make your own decision. In the print version, you would be able to take that time for reflection. That said, who has time to read everything you want to in print.
I like anything that challenges cultural norms. this book definately did that, and backed up much of its claims with solid arguments.
You really are best listening to this book in chunks so you can think about it.
Spending way too much time listening to books (versus reading) since 2011
Pretty high up there
Haven't read/listened to many nonfiction
No but it did keep me very engaged
One of the few nonfiction books I was able to listen to and keep very engaged