• Perv

  • By: Jesse Bering
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bering
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)
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In this eye-opening book, psychologist Jesse Bering argues that we are all sexual deviants on one level or another. He introduces us to the young woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower, a young man addicted to seductive sneezes, and a pair of deeply affectionate identical twins, among others. He challenges us to move beyond our attitudes towards "deviant" sex and consider the alternative: What would happen if we rise above our fears and revulsions and accept our true natures?

With his signature wit and irreverent style, Bering pulls back the curtains on the history of perversions, the biological reasons behind our distaste for unusual sexual proclivities and the latest research on desire. Armed with reason, science, and an insatiable appetite for knowledge, he humanises deviants while asking some provocative questions about the nature of hypocrisy, prejudice, and when sexual desire can lead to harm.

A groundbreaking look at our complex relationship with our carnal urges and the ways in which we disguise, deny, and shame the sexual deviant in all of us, Perv brings hidden desires into the spotlight.

©2013 Jesse Bering (P)2014 Macmillan Audio, published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks 2014

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  • Dr Stephen J. Welch
  • 08-24-16

Bill Bryson meets David Sedaris

I really liked this book - full of interesting facts, and a useful account of how attitudes in psychology have changed over time. The author reads really well, and has an offbeat style that put me in mind of David Sedaris; and with the ability to make facts and references interesting in the way that Bill Bryson does, this is an invigorating listen.

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  • Phillip
  • 04-06-21

Thought provoking!!!

Brilliantly written and narrated by Jesse Bering, he has such a great sense of humor :)

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  • Shaun Bliss
  • 12-21-18

really enjoyed it 😊

really enjoyed it, very interesting 😊
It's funny hearing about all of history's mishaps and goings on 😊

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  • Jennifer
  • 07-17-16

Non judgemental, informative and funny

I loved this book! I learned a lot about things different to my own experience and while most of the book was delightful and funny there were moments where it challenged my perceived beliefs and I think it opened my mind a little more. Honestly loved this book and would definitely recommend

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  • Martin Castilla
  • 11-04-20

Enlightening information for anyone with fantasies

If you have ever had naughty, non-mainstream thoughts and fantasies the good news is you're not alone.

In fact, quite likely you're like most everyone else on the planet with imagination, ideas, and sexual energy. Whether you act on those fantasies or not is a different thing - I'm talking just the fantasies here.

This is a most reassuring book, entertainingly read by author Jesse Bering, who's very open about his own fantasies and sexual experiences.

I found this information reassuring. The entire book is eye-opening and highly entertaining. It covers every (almost EVERY) possible sexual fantasy imaginable, from gay to porn to trans to paedo to incest to bestial to kink to... even hetero in its many different options and possibilities.

Bering backs up his narrative with well researched and factual data. This sounds dry in writing, but in fact his delivery makes it enthralling and, often, hilarious.

If you have any interest in sex in all its potential forms and bends, I think you'll really love this book.

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  • Athina
  • 02-04-17

Great Listen! Learnt alot, I was hooked thank you!

What made the experience of listening to Perv the most enjoyable?

If you're interested in the psychology of paraphilias i highly recommend this book - however be aware Bering believes that pedophilia is a sexual orientation that applies solely to men but doesnt believe beastility or other paraphilias are sexual orientations.
Other than this I highly enjoyed this eye opening book and recommend it to anyone!

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  • Robert
  • 02-04-15

Excellent listen!!

Jesse Bering is a great author who makes you that a step back and look at things from a perspective you may not have thought of before. Highly recommended!