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The Moral Animal Audiobook

The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

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Publisher's Summary

Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

©1995 Robert Wright (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An accessible introduction to the science of evolutionary psychology and how it explains many aspects of human nature. Unlike many books on the topic,which focus on abstractions like kin selection, this book focuses on Darwinian explanations of why we are the way we are--emotionally and morally. Wright deals particularly well with explaining the reasons for the stereotypical dynamics of the three big "S's:" sex, siblings, and society." (Amazon.com review)

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    Tina Honokaa, HI, United States 12-05-12
    Tina Honokaa, HI, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Every Human Should Read This Book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This books sums up many theories about the evolution of the human mind and human behavior. Well written and comprehensive.


    What other book might you compare The Moral Animal to and why?

    The Believing Brain and Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer. Also, the Evolution of God. I would also highly recommend The God Part of the Brain by Matthew Alper (not available on audio book :) but an excellent read)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not really a book that has "scenes" but the flow of the book explaining the theories is very natural and comfortable.


    If you could give The Moral Animal a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What every human should know.


    Any additional comments?

    The use of Darwin's life and his relationships is educational and insightful.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 03-10-12
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2016

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "Uses Darwin's Life To Prove The Point"

    I was highly impressed with Wright's use of Darwin himself, to elaborate on his research. The man's life was so interesting, and not many books on Evolution (at least that I've read) really touch on it. This book is well thought out, and captivating. Essentially, it traces the evolutionary past of why we act the way we do. If you're familiar with the basics of Evolution, then this is a must-read.

    The only concern I have is the narrarator. It pains me to write this, since the book itself is so great, but the reader almost put me to sleep a few times. I almost gave the "Performance" 2 stars, but felt that it may unfairly skew the overall rating of the book in a way that I consider unjust. Bottom line is that this book needs to be read, but they could've chosen a better reader.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Connors 09-16-11
    Connors 09-16-11
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    "A masterpiece"

    I am on my third listening, and I plan more.

    Thornton gives a perfect reading, please get him to read more.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    iVan Madrid 01-16-17
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    "Excellent synthesis of our evolutional psychology"

    Very interesting subject related from the standpoint of Darwin's story, which makes it even more compelling. loved it!

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    Jdubs 12-25-16
    Jdubs 12-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding!"

    Already listening to it for the third time!
    super insightful and clever. It is one of my favorites!

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    Craig 11-22-16
    Craig 11-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story of a good man"

    Well written fact based, scientific story of one of our greats. Immensely enlightening both on the man and the science of evolutionary psychology.

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    L. de Curtis Modena, Italy 11-15-16
    L. de Curtis Modena, Italy 11-15-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Wonderful book"

    This book gives wonderful, deep insight into the workings of the human mind. I strongly recommend it to everyone, and specially to evolution deniers. They may benefit the most from it.

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    S. Yates 11-11-16
    S. Yates 11-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A scientific classic that stands the test of time"
    If you could sum up The Moral Animal in three words, what would they be?

    Illuminating, unsettling, rewarding


    What other book might you compare The Moral Animal to and why?

    Sapiens, and also The Better Angels of Our Nature. This book, like those two, shines a light on human history and human nature in a brutally honest way.


    Any additional comments?

    Astute and entertaining look at evolutionary psychology, a book that has aged incredibly well in the past two decades and is still worth a reader's time. The author does not pull punches and squeamish readers who are not able to check their biases, moral certitudes, and emotions at the door will find many passages troublesome if not downright disturbing. But for those that can stomach having an evolutionary mirror held up to our actions as a species, they will come away more attuned to the ins and outs of human behavior, better able to understand their fellows, and immensely rewarded. Highly recommended.

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    Amazon Customer 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "surprisingly good!"

    I found some parts sexist, but it's from Darwin's point of view and obviously a different time...the narrator's voice was tolerable because the information was so interesting. I feel like I have a much greater understanding of evolution and human behavior now.

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    Mayo Friedlis 06-13-16
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    "Not for your average reader"

    This book is quite interesting but quite detailed and scientific. You have to be interested in the science piece of it and understand the science piece of it, to understand the book and the conclusions he draws. That said it's an interesting book on Darwin and The theory of evolution. He tries to show how a lot of our actions and the way we interact with people is based on The way that we developed in prehistoric times as a social people.

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