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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Louann Brizendine, the founder of the first clinic in the country to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, turns her attention to the male brain, showing how, through every phase of life, the "male reality" is fundamentally different from the female one. Exploring the latest breakthroughs in male psychology and neurology with her trademark accessibility and candor, she reveals that the male brain:

  • is a lean, mean, problem-solving machine. Faced with a personal problem, a man will use his analytical brain structures, not his emotional ones, to find a solution.
  • thrives under competition, instinctively plays rough and is obsessed with rank and hierarchy.
  • has an area for sexual pursuit that is 2.5 times larger than the female brain, consuming him with sexual fantasies about female body parts.
  • experiences such a massive increase in testosterone at puberty that he perceive others' faces to be more aggressive.

The Male Brain finally overturns the stereotypes. Impeccably researched and at the cutting edge of scientific knowledge, this is a book that every man, and especially every woman bedeviled by a man, will need to own.

©2010 Louann Brizendine (P)2010 Random House

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"Louann Brizendine has done a great favor for every man who wants to understand the puzzling women in his life. A breezy and enlightening guide to women and a must-read for men." (Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence)

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  • Daren
  • Farmington, UT, USA
  • 03-27-10

Facts mixed with interpretation

I found this audiobook to be a plug for Brizendine's personal beliefs. It was fascinating to learn about the various hormones that influence the male brain. I found however, that Brizendine takes many liberties in her interpretation of this data. Her thesis seems to be centered around the idea that males are completely controlled by hormones and simply cannot help themselves in their actions. In other words, we apparently have no choice in the behaviors we participate in. Scholars should not pass their opinions off as facts unless they preface them as such.

32 of 42 people found this review helpful

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Story of the Male Brain

The companion book to The Female Brain (which I think helped me understand my wife, daughter, and mom - although they are yet to agree). Being the owner of a male brain myself, I was pleased to receive an owners manual (seems a little late at 40 - but shoos complaining? Turns out that all the ways my brain fails to help me make good decisions are understandable, if not excusable, by the mix of hormones and wiring that evolution has left my brain to cope with my environment. My male brain changes as I age due to the effect of age related hormones and changes in biochemistry.

Understanding the biological and hormonal routes of my emotions may help me recognize a gap between the reality I perceive the reality that those around may be interpreting. Like most brain books, the central message is that we are dealing with an enormously complex apparatus that may not always cause us to act in our best interest (as evolution cares about passing on genes, not making us or those around us happy). In the future I'm going to use my brain to think about the hormones and molecules being released at any given time when things start to fire wildly (causing stress, anxiety, anger, etc. etc.) - in an effort to recognize that with the passage of time the world may feel somewhat different.

The Male Brain has been pretty well panned in the reviews I've read. My advice is that if you are not a neuroscientist to start than you will get lots out of the book (I did). Brizendine is a good writer and a good storyteller. She may simplify - but simplification in this case advances rather than detracts from understanding.

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  • John
  • MENLO PARK, CA, United States
  • 09-20-10

Enjoyed, but a bit redundant with her other book

So I enjoyed both books (The Male Brain, The Female Brain) by this author, but to a friend, I'd recommend they read only one of the two. (whichever is the opposite of their sex I think.) There seemed to be a decent amount of common material, and reading them back to back, I felt like I was listening to the same book twice at many times. Good books though! I think they should be required reading!

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Liked more than Female Brain

I am a woman, and I liked The Male Brain more than the book The Female Brain. For me as a woman, I like that this psychiatrist says that daily masturbation is normal; that is something that I felt I needed to hide before I heard this book. Unfortunately, this book does not cover a subject that I find fascinating: genius men. Genius men often are not alpha males, athletic, or strong, but they did much to benefit the human species. This book is more about "primitive, animalistic" male traits. Supposedly Isaac Newton died a virgin, so although he was not successful at procreation, he did much to contribute to humankind. And men, don't worry about establishing hierarchy by rough-housing; I doubt that Bill Gates was much of an athletic jock. I would like a book on gay and transgender brains.

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Absolutely amazing

loved every minute of it. Can't say so about the female brain. This one has a lot more scientific info and a lot less gossip and anecdotal scenarios than the female brain.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Roy
  • Beaumont, TX, United States
  • 08-01-10

A Follow-up to The Female Brain

I listened to the "Female Brain" with interest and thought I would gain as much information from Brizendine's second volume, "The Male Brain." I was not disappointed and found the book a most informative read. It will help me understand my grandsons better for sure. Essentially, Brizendine takes us through the life of the male brain from childhood through the mature adult years. If you have any interest in the behavior of men around you - this is a great little book and place to start. It is well written and Kimberly Farr has not been better at narration.

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  • Heber
  • Santa Teres, NM, USA
  • 04-05-10

Very Narrow

I admit that I haven't gotten that far into the book and I am struggling to find the inspiration to finish it.

While her conclusions might be correct about extroverted sports jocks it is by no means a conclusive study of male mentality or motivations.

In the section where she describes boys from the age of about 2 to 10 the attitudes and behaviours supposably produced by testosterone in no way resemble my development years.

I was hoping for something that would help me my wife and myself understand me and my son better but up until now all I have found are numerous anecdotes on bullies, alpha males and sport jocks.

Anybody who is or knows a male who is introverted, bookish or intellectual will have a very difficult time believing Brizendine.

I am going to trudge through about 2 more hours of this dribble with the hope of finding something more substantial and meaningful, but that is all I can give her.

There are just too many fascinating, high quality books to waste more time on this dribble.

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A must read 4 men & women!

I really loved this book - explaining so many things about "how I acted" in the past or "male act" in general. Absolutely interesting, especially also, when you raise a (male) child!
Looking forward to listen to "The female brain",

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Typical black or white stereotypes

No doubt there was some interesting information but you have to sift through age old stereotypes being reinforced. There is little reference to the range of masculinity and femininity found in men and women. Apparently we all fit in two neatly package boxes again. Also she definitely has a feminist bias. At multiple points she refers to post andropausal men as the "mature" version of a man. Indeed men change as we get older but apparently high sex drive, drive for power and status, and a more aggressive approach to life are seen as immaturity to the author and you don't reach maturity until you are more like the man your wife wishes you were. However If you are looking understand the underlying hormones behind a TYPICAL man's brain than this is a good book.

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I love this book... Fascinating and informative.

This is a must read, for everyone. I started with the Female Brain book first, so amazing I had to listen to the Male Brain. It really helps understand how and why we tick. I also find it very helpful to help uncover our brain at all ages and stages in life.

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  • Hannah
  • 11-13-17

So damn good!

Really enjoyed this one, super handy if you are male or come into contact with a male (;
I'd highly recommend this book for parent's & teachers who aid in the development of young men & growing boys! Fantastic!