I went into this with high expectations, based on reader and critic reviews, and was sorely disappointed. The central premise is intriguing, but the authors to little more than pick apart older models of human sexuality, with little hard scientific evidence. I may be biased since I'm a laboratory scientist, and am skeptical of sweeping conclusions drawn from scant unambiguous data.
If you're an academic studying social sciences or human sexuality, you may find this interesting, otherwise don't bother. The writing is dry and jargon filled, the narration is downright awful, and the attempts to make it accessible to the general reader amount to petty and flat sarcasm.
I've been listening to books for less than a year now, but I think it'll be tough to beat this one. The virtual England created by Ms. Clarke is perfectly realized, richly described. The characters are all fascinating and believable. And this is the first book I've listened to where I think I may have enjoyed the experience even more than if I had actually read it. Simon Prebble deserves the audible equivalent of an oscar for his performance. 30 hours was too short!
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