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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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    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.

    3 of 4 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 2017

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Connors 09-16-11
    Connors 09-16-11
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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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 03-29-17
    Lisa 03-29-17

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    "Find a stick, find a dead horse then beat it."

    The descriptions reads :
    Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests?

    Which are interesting topics and what I thought was a good place to start, but the first half of the book focuses on the above. Good lord, enough already. Its time to move on.

    Listening to the narrator I kept thinking it was Marvin the Martian talking at times.

    Overall, this was very disappointing.

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    Ariosto Montisano Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 03-27-17
    Ariosto Montisano Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 03-27-17

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    "Very Interesting."

    The first part, about sexual "instinct", was long and I think repetitive, I got tired of it, especially since it takes almost a Third of the whole book.
    But in general, it was a very interesting ride. Lots of information about the way we are explained thru the lenses of evolution.
    The parallel with Darwin’s life was fun and full of nice examples that related to the point being treated in each part of the book.

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    Fernando Villegas 03-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting book"

    Very interesting theory, makes a ton of sense when you really think about it. Makes me feel bad for the low quality men though, they got it bad.

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    Ali 02-01-17
    Ali 02-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very informative"

    This is a great book to teach all about evolution and evolutionary psychology. The author talks about the father of evolution Darwin a lot, which is not really relevant but makes the book more fun. The last two chapters though probably should have been more organized and summery like. Nothing to miss or learn in those chapters. All in all amazing book to learn why people do what they do!

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    iVan Madrid 01-16-17
    iVan Madrid 01-16-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent synthesis of our evolutional psychology"

    Very interesting subject related from the standpoint of Darwin's story, which makes it even more compelling. loved it!

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    Jdubs 12-25-16
    Jdubs 12-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding!"

    Already listening to it for the third time!
    super insightful and clever. It is one of my favorites!

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    Craig 11-22-16
    Craig 11-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story of a good man"

    Well written fact based, scientific story of one of our greats. Immensely enlightening both on the man and the science of evolutionary psychology.

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