I really enjoyed it. It was well worth listening. I liked learning about the Bonobo apes and how they are very similar to us; especially in comparison to other apes. I really enjoyed the author's voice. The author elaborates clearly regarding the sexual practices and customs of various tribes of people. I learned a lot about anthropology, culture and history from this audiobook.
This is perhaps one of the best books about sex, with actual empirical and scientific evidence, while philosophical and non fact based research are ignored when possible. Book points out number of fallacies in modern evolutionary psychology theories.
I do recommend to read it to everyone who is older than 14.
May be the first truly important book on the subject of sex this century. Ground breaking. Read this book.
Avid audiobook addict!
Really interesting, and unlike many semi-scientific books, isn't just a boring repetition of the same points 50 million times. Great read!
I just finished this book and I can say that I was deeply impressed with the scholarship, thoughtfullness and bravery that they had in writing it. I want to get more people I know to read it, just so that I can discuss whether they agree or disagree and how much.
That being said, I didn't like the reader of this audio-book format of it at all. She seemed smarmy and annoying and she made many sections feel cliche male-bashing, which were probably nothing more than than a playful presentation of their research when it's read from a printed copy.
This book raises some great issues against some popular evolutionary psychology theories on sex and sexuality. It brings forth information and arguments against that don't get much exposure. Unfortunately, it is so horribly edited that the arguments are frequently impossible to follow. There is a great deal of marginally relevant information that simply muddies the point. This book probably could have been reduced by half and it would have been a much more influential read.
I was listening to this book at the same time I was listening to Richard Wright's "The Moral Animal". Both are entertaining. Both distort evolutionary theory to make their arguments. And in the end, neither are produce conclusions that are relevant.
Tell us about yourself!
An eye opening look at why divorce rates are so high due to the makeup of the human condition. A very scientific look at how the human species has evolved and how our sex lives have evolved along the way.
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.
30+ IT/Geek Male. Used to read lots, but now the "reading" is best done via audible.
This is a look at primates, and other cultural sexual norms outside of "Mainstream" it's a great book in terms of giving you backstory, but it's certainly not going to give you spoon-fed answers. This is more the supporting information in your own personal belief's if they happen to be centered in a non-monogamous sexual world. If you have no interest in non-monogamy then to be honest, the book isn't a worthwhile listen, but if your curious, and wanted some "supporting information" it's here in this book. The narrators are quite entertaining, and makes it much more enjoyable to listen to the book, This is why the Performance get's a five star rating.
This book is a true marvel. It changed quite dramatically the way I see the world and it did so with a compelling writing based on good scientific research. Essentially, most of us have been duped into believing monogamy is "natural". This book provides plenty of evidence to the contrary. Five stars!