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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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    Mel 07-13-11
    Mel 07-13-11
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    "One of the most intelligent books ever written"

    I was absolutely amazed that a theory of origin could so succinctly describe and explain the rationale for modern human behaviour. I am a born skeptic but, this work is very good. What a beautiful gift it was to learn from this book the true nature we hide from ourselves and by knowing, to gain power over it. Reading this book was an exercise in liberation. As some skeptics of evolution have said, "the truth will set you free" and so it does.
    To make the information more readable and to explain his points, the author brings in stories from Darwin's life from his love for his wife to his devout faith in god. This does makes the book less academic and more personal. The narration was very well done and easy to listen to.

    7 of 10 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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Ardmore, PA, United States 11-12-14
    Anthony Ardmore, PA, United States 11-12-14

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    "Words"

    While I may surely agree with the overall premise of this text I find the exposition nothing more than verbal mish-mash. The author goes from totally unintelligible pseudo academic contrivance to the most common conversational non-sense,
    Much of the text is devoted to the life of Darwin, There are no small number of bios that deal with Darwin's life in a more scholarly fashion.
    The rest of the text is sheer babble.
    The narrator's voice recalls a comic from my childhood who played a scholar that babbled fancy words that meant nothing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Connors Pacifica, CA, United States 09-16-11
    Connors Pacifica, CA, United States 09-16-11 Member Since 2009
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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.

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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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    Marcello Marchese 03-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very in-depth"

    This is one of the books that should be listened multiple times. Perfect for people passionate about evolutionary psychology. Could have used simpler and more modern words but anyway still a masterpiece.

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    Gregory 02-03-16
    Gregory 02-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Goes beyond its limits"

    Mostly a good book, but it is not self-reflective when it gets to the free will vs determinism section: it says there is no free will, no place to give credit or blame, but gives goals to strive for - as if we could if we followed the author's conclusion in the book.

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    erica alfaro 01-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Biopsychology reading requirement"

    I'm glad I found this book in audiobook! :) It made my life a lot easier :)

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    Lauren 12-01-15
    Lauren 12-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "this is an exceptional book."

    I highly recommend this book to all. religious or not. I myself an religious and I find this book to give me a new light of different aspects of life. I also do not feel that this book in anyway attacks religion. this book and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis both provide an excellent discussion on similar subject matter.

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