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The Third Chimpanzee Audiobook

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

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The Development of an Extraordinary Species....

We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet - having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art - while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins?

In this fascinating, provocative, passionate, funny, endlessly entertaining work, renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning author and scientist Jared Diamond explores how the extraordinary human animal, in a remarkably short time, developed the capacity to rule the world...and the means to irrevocably destroy it.

©2006 Jared Diamond (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    ryan 02-01-16
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    Overwhelmingly persuasive. Give some of the deepest insight into our place on earth and the future of our species.

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    D. Diderot Los Angleles, CA United States 11-12-15
    D. Diderot Los Angleles, CA United States 11-12-15 Member Since 2014

    Retired earlyer then expected & remain an involved intelectual activeist who finally has time to catch-up & stay current with my readings.

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    A superb exploration of how our growing population is mindlessly committing environmental subside, for want of a memory. Assigning our collective"willful blindness" to our utter inability in learning from history, the author builds his obvious case for including forethought in decision making processes, he concludes with an ambivalent stance for our species sustained existence.

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    "A painful must read"

    This book is the compelling story of the rise and possible fall of humanity. Well thought out and articulately written, this. Book brings together many facts from a surprising diversity of disciplines to bare the the side of human progress that we would rather not see.

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    David MARIETTA, GA, United States 04-01-13
    David MARIETTA, GA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    Where does The Third Chimpanzee rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I have listened to so far. Rob does an outstanding job delivering Jared's book.


    What other book might you compare The Third Chimpanzee to and why?

    Other books by Jared. Guns, Germs and Steel but I like this one more


    What does Rob Shapiro bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His own personal tone driven by the content keeps you focused and interested


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    CosmicRay Hudson Valley, NY United States 03-11-13
    CosmicRay Hudson Valley, NY United States 03-11-13

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    "Great book, well read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book covers interesting new ground, and has a summary of Diamond's views


    What other book might you compare The Third Chimpanzee to and why?

    The Moral Animal by Robert Wright has a similar theme, it has less original insights, but goes further along the evolutionary line of thinking. If you like this book and it s viewpoint, you'll love the Moral Animal


    Any additional comments?

    Some of Jared Diamond's character comes out in this, a slightly more personal book.

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    David Austin, TX, United States 03-03-13
    David Austin, TX, United States 03-03-13
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    "All humans should read this book"
    If you could sum up The Third Chimpanzee in three words, what would they be?

    I'm such a chimp


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Diamon tells us why we know what we know (or think we know).


    Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favorite?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for that, but it's good for long stretches (like a road trip)


    Any additional comments?

    Originally written in 1991 but still a great read.

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    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 08-06-12
    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 08-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    A very compelling listen.

    The story sucked me in and I found myself listening much longer than I had meant to several times.

    Fascinating topic that is well researched, backed up with logical thought, and presented in a fashion that is easy for an non expert to understand.

    If you have any interest in evolution and the effects that it had on making who we are now, I would highly suggest this book to you.

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    Pedro Uberlandia, Brazil 08-02-12
    Pedro Uberlandia, Brazil 08-02-12
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    "Not his best, but good still"
    Any additional comments?

    This book anticipates some of the great ideas developed further in his Guns, Germs, and Steel. But in part 3, chapter 11, I think his explanation of the animal precursors of drug abuse and its links to displays of fitness are way off.

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    Vladimir Kushnir Darien, CT United States 08-23-14
    Vladimir Kushnir Darien, CT United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2009

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    If you could sum up The Third Chimpanzee in three words, what would they be?

    interesting but disappointing


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jared Diamond? Why or why not?

    probably not. Author mixes science (which is the interesting part) with politics, such as global warming, green movement, etc. which is not.


    Any additional comments?

    Also some of the chapters contain re-hashing of material from other books by the author. Maybe not such a big deal, but just be informed.

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    Delano Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-25-12
    Delano Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good, but not his best"

    I don't regret the time or money I spent on this book, but I can certainly see why it's not as famous as his _Collapse_ or _Guns, Germs and Steel_. Part of the problem is that some of his points here are also made, more convincingly and intriguingly, in those other books.

    Another problem is that some of his arguments here seem shaky even to a non-expert like me. For example, Diamond suggests that menopause evolved to help women survive to care for their first few children by preventing death in childbirth later on. If so, why does menopause not occur until AFTER most of a women's children are old enough not to need care by the mother? He also argues that the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances arose from the desire to show off one's strength and health by poisoning oneself and surviving. This is not convincing either: why wouldn't most societies use more toxic and less enjoyable chemicals if showing toughness was the main result?

    His chapters that focus on comparing humans to other animals are much stronger, and the sections on language and art are the high points of the book. The section on the advantages of hunter-gatherer over agricultural societies will be nothing new to anyone who knows ancient archaeology or the "paleo diet", but is still enjoyable.

    Bottom line: If you haven't read or heard Diamond's other books first, start with _Collapse_ (the unabridged version) and then _Guns, Germs, and Steel_. They're much, much better. But this one is still better than most of what's out there.


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