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Dan

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  • The Female Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Louann Brizendine
    • Narrated By Louann Brizendine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    Why are women more verbal than men? Why do women remember details of fights that men can't remember at all? Why do women tend to form deeper bonds with their female friends than men do with their male counterparts? These and other questions have stumped both sexes throughout the ages. Now, pioneering neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, M.D., brings together the latest findings to show how the unique structure of the female brain determines how women think and what they value.

    Michael Dillman says: "Great material :^D -- Agonizing orator >:^("
    "All the bad stuff is true and the good stuff isn't"
    Overall

    First, no, this author should not have narrated her own book. It's not exactly her voice, it's the sing-songy way she uses tone to overemphasize every sentence, like she's trying out for the high school play.

    More importantly though, the suggestion that the book strikes a good balance between science and self-help is silly. This is definitely a self-help book with a little science thrown in, not a science book with a practical side; if you come to it with the latter expectation, you will be very disappointed.

    The author deserves a little credit for taking on various "gender is all culturally constructed" myths--this might have been groundbreaking in the '70s. But in general, she seems satisfied with feel-good generalizations about the differences between the sexes, backed up with an ounce of actual research (not her own), and her clinical experience, which she assures us is extensive, though she seems to select the most stereotypical, vanilla case studies imaginable to present. There's also remarkably little about non-typical experiences, from lesbians to tomboys.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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