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Publisher's Summary

Take a funny and illuminating tour of the female body with award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe.

Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and emotions and the past and the future and themselves and each other.

Here's a book that deals with all of it. Sara Pascoe has joked about femininity and sexuality on stage and screen, but now she has a book to talk about it all for a bit longer. Animal combines autobiography and evolutionary history to create a funny, fascinating insight into the forces that mould and affect modern women.

Read for you by the author, Animal is entertaining and informative, personal and universal - silly about lots of things and serious about some. It's a laugh-out-loud investigation to help us understand and forgive our animal urges and insecurities.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Sara Pascoe (P)2016 Faber Audio

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Great!

An incredibly funny and really well-researched read! I recommend it to everyone interested in the intersection of comedy, politics and science.

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an excellent read-listen

you 'd think that being 35 and a woman you know most of what relates to women's body or behaviour... think again! Once I started listening I couldn't stop. The book is enjoyable and extra bonus you get to learn a few things about your body and why you behave the way you behave or feel the way you feel. Especially towards the end I had to stoo a few times to think things through and find where I stand on some points. Totally recomend it.

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  • Kathryn
  • 05-05-16

Entertaining and conversation starting

I love this audiobook. The author tackles tough subjects with clarity, sensitivity and humour. She balances facts, opinions and personal anecdotes to explore the history and biology of women. I would recommend this book to everyone - Young and old, male and female!

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  • alex
  • 05-02-16

clever great wonderful important book

What did you like most about Animal?

Its honesty, clear, well researched and reasoned. It was thoughtful and invites discussion. Such vital stuff for so many men and women: human animals.

It was also very funny and I had to rewind bits because I was laughing out loud

What did you like best about this story?

Some of the science and ideas were new to me and i loved that. Its wonderful and sad that this book wasn't around when I was 12
She walked the tightrope of discussing emotive and vital topics, in an intelligent and open way. Which is SO hard to do when the topics are SO important. And actually made them funny with out removing the seriousness, which is impressive

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Her teenage experiences/ experiences as a woman, and all the science stuff.

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

yes and pretty much did.

Any additional comments?

Thanks for writing this book Sara! if you are listening and read the comments

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  • Sarah
  • 04-24-16

A fascinating dopamine-release

The book I wanted to write. Sara has researched topics that are fundamental to the human race and conveyed it in a comical and no-nonsense way.

Intelligence + humour = Sara Pascoe

It's like indulgently falling in to the pages of a secret diary, interspersed with an interesting text book.

Keep on exploring the world and talking about these important topics, mating, periods and all! ☺️

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  • J. Norwood-Brown
  • 04-21-16

Speaking as a male boy man...

Where does Animal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Fascinating stuff from a wonderful human brain. I saw the (sort of) related show and Sara is just awesome - just watch her on QI and you realise what a smart, intelligent and fascinating person she is.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Err Sara, because - well listen to it and you'll see why.

Which character – as performed by Sara Pascoe – was your favourite?

See above

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The adverbs.

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  • Rhiannon
  • 07-04-16

Interesting and thought-provoking

It inspired a lot of good conversations between friends and family and me. I'm pleased I read it, and am now interested to read more like it.

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  • Laura
  • 06-03-16

Amazing book - a must for all humans

This beautifully expressed book helps us be compassionate and forgiving to ourselves. And is funny.

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  • Kay
  • 05-09-16

Perfect light-hearted look into serious issues

I cannot recommend this book to anyone more, it is one of the most enjoyable autobiographical books I have ever read. It talks about serious issues and things which many people in todays society still avoid discussing, yet Sara's humour and style make it an enjoyable read, and makes the topics accessible for all.

Sara uses her personal experiences as examples and the majority of them are hilarious - my personal favourite involved her mother buying a lot of sanitary products, but I won't ruin it for you!

If you're after a great introductory book into the themes of feminism, this is the book for you. It's not just for women - I had this book on in the car and my boyfriend was laughing along to it too. A lot of the information given in the book is fairly basic, which keeps the style light and easy to follow, however if you want to find out more it is easy to research into.

I am going to buy the physical book as I enjoyed it so much, although I am really glad I listened to this first as hearing the book through Sara really added to the personal feel of the stories.

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  • Danielle
  • 05-11-16

fantasticly insightfull and fun

I have not read a book like it. Sara opened my mind many issues that I did not persive as a issues. I'm simply very great full for this book. an would edge all women to read it.

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  • Hanover Hound
  • 02-18-17

Essential read for all teenagers!

Funny and very informative. Every teenager should listen to this book - everyone! Sex education in schools is not adequate. Some of the things mentioned in Sara's book I didn't learn until I was about 25. I would have avoided years of feelings of shame and guilt if I'd known I was perfectly normal. :)

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  • Hannah
  • 02-17-17

Good to go back to but i do tune out

I put this on in the car sometimes but I have never completed it. There is some really interesting facts in it and usually this would be right up my feminist street but for some reason it didn't get me. But that's not to say Sarah Pascoe narrates it really well

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