Say something about yourself!
I really enjoyed this, and my mom and sister each bought it and liked it too. Great way to present interesting information, 5 stars.
An amazing book.
David takes theory about brain function and social interaction and intergrates into the lives of characters that you become invested in.
I found myself crying at one stage - while listening to a popular science book!
Since my listening to "The Social Animal", several of my friends have bought the book on my suggestion... all had a similar reaction.
Not political at all and well put together kept me involve the entire time. Compares to the books by Malcolm Gladwell, but with more of a constant story line.
Reminds me of Freakanomics and Outliers
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I almost stopped listening in the first part because I thought the story was dull and uninspiring, but I was determined to get through it and I am very glad I did. Have patience with it. It pulls together many scientific / sociological studies into one fictional story. I have thought about it and brought it up in conversation many times since reading it.
I read this book a while ago, but I remember it being a good summary of a lot of the other psychology books I had read. It encapsulates a lot of research and puts it into a very human perspective. Quite enjoyable to listen to.
I loved this book. I teach college composition and research writing and would love to use David Brook's clever, insightful, and research-driven text to show the purpose of research.
Brooks writes an engaging story of 2 people followed from inception (literally) to death (literally). In that saga, he incorporates what science has to tell us today about nature and nurture. My daughter-in-law is due to have her first child 2 months from now and i found the chapters on birth and infancy to be quite fascinating. I was also quite taken with Brooks first person accounting of death. Not something you read (hear) every day! The narration is excellent. Admittedly, there are some boring chapters but there's a trade off between information and story line. Go for it.
I read nothing that is popular.
Brooks is comparing and contrasting two different made up lives and how they clash together in our social deal. He doesn't really do it well enough. Knowing the stories are made up kinda is the downfall of this book. I can see the points that he is making, but the stories aren't too far fetch where if he did a little more research, he could had wrote something that is real, then what is thought up in his head. In these kinds of books, I like real examples. If you ever read Outliers, you would know exactly in what I'm talking about.
I just like real subjects when reading these kinds of book. If Brooks did a little more research, this title would be outstanding, but his characters are made up and he is trying to put the facts and fable together, which is interesting, but not great.