I really enjoyed this book! Haidt has a wonderful ability to make research ideas and results gripping and easy to understand. And when it comes to how the human mind works, there are quite a few surprises in this book even for a seasoned psychologist :)
Haidt's ideas on why religions are useful and existed in every society throughout the human evolution are riveting!
For anybody who enjoyed Haidt's The Happiness Hypothesis, you will love this book as well.
I found the first half of the book much more fast-paced and engaging than the second half but I still couldn't stop listening to it until the very end and it was well worth it. By "couldn't stop listening to it", I meant that I didn't switch to some other book or podcast like I normally do when the pace gets slower. I do not listen to anything in one sitting - I only listen to books when driving, doing chores around the house, cooking, etc. But then, with this book, it really pays off to have some time between ideas to absorb and process them.
Not sure if this option is available on non-Apple devices but if you are a lucky user of iPhone or iPod, listen to this book on double speed (click on a little red "speed" line in the bottom right corner of your screen). Then it's perfect!!! The book is absolutely riveting, deep, and thought-provoking. Changes your views by adding new perspectives. Totally worth it!
What an exquisite combination of wonderful writing, a neat plotline, literary erudition, and sarcastic humor! It was my first exposure to this writer and I absolutely fell in love (despite being very picky when it comes to fiction -- to the point that I choose non-fiction about 9 out of 10 times whenever I am looking for a new book to listen to).
The plot twists kept me listening way past my bedtime :)
And the performance by Richard Ferrone is absolutely captivating! Now I hope that any other books featuring this lovable character Bernie are voiced over by Ferrone!
Cannot wait to hear another book in this series! (And I very rarely get into series, I'd say the only exception is Lawrence Sanders and his "deadly sin" short series).
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