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The Red Queen Audiobook

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

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Publisher's Summary

Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators. The Red Queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture - including why men propose marriage, the method behind our maddening notions of beauty, and the disquieting fact that a woman is more likely to conceive a child by an adulterous lover than by her husband.

Brilliantly written, The Red Queen offers an extraordinary new way of interpreting the human condition and how it has evolved.

©1993 Matt Ridley (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Josbell Quiros 05-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Perspective shifting"

    Unless interested in biology, the beginning is a little dry, but completely worth getting through. The more interesting later section uses these concepts and theories to attempt to explain much of human behavior with very plausible and supremely interesting theories.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bliiir 11-07-17
    bliiir 11-07-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrifyingly good"

    Incredible balance of high density content, thoroughness and wonderful clarity.

    Matt Ridley is up there with Yuval Harari and Richard Dawkins

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    David 10-21-17
    David 10-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow"

    An insightful and thought provoking look into human nature.
    I don't think the goal of this book was to provide clear and definite answers about our sexual nature or evolution. Instead I believe this book provides a fascinating perspective on why we should be striving to learn more about how our sexual selection processes shaped our nature and vice versa.
    As fascinated as I was by this book I will say that the first third of it is pretty tough to get into. But when you get into the human-focused areas of the book it becomes VERY hard to hit the pause button!
    I would encourage anyone with preconceived notions on polarizing topics to put those away when reading. The author does a nice job of describing aspects of gender differences from an objective point of view. Right about the time you may think he is going to show gender biases he often counters himself with the opposite perspective. And he does all of this with cited evidence.
    I enjoyed this read/listen and would recommend it for anyone with any kind of interest in human evolution.

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    Amazon Customer 07-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great book flaws and all."

    no book is perfect however this book is really good it touches on many things that are true and indisputable

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    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 05-01-16
    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 05-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Thrilled"

    At the risk of geeking out, I absolutely love this book. The comfort and ease with which the author discusses sex and evolution is fantastic on its own, but that he easily makes the subject interesting is comparable only to Dr. Alfred Kinsey, minus the sensationalism. Admittedly, Ridley is preaching to the choir with me, but I was still able to learn and enjoy the information conveyed.

    Simon Prebble did very well, narrating such a touchy subject. I never got bored.

    I would (and have) highly recommend this book in any medium to: geeks, biology students and evolution-deniers.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luigi Grimaldi 11-13-14
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    "A good supper better served with a half portion."
    What did you like best about The Red Queen? What did you like least?

    I liked the scientific and eyebrow raising genetic drives behind mating and adultery.
    I did not like the long-winded explanation of the concepts; unnecessarily verbose.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Matt Ridley again?

    No. His style is too verbose. Too many details and explanations.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I enjoyed Mr. Ridley's frankness when he was frank. I disliked his long explanations.


    Do you think The Red Queen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. If there is more research on the topic I would gladly read it if only he could be more terse, as terseness would suit his nice English voice.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book that could be a super book if 50% briefer.

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    Jaime 02-28-13
    Jaime 02-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Who would have thought sex could be so interesting"

    If you ever wondered why men and women act the way we do this book will reveal the answers. From why men are aggresive by nature to why mothers and family always comment on why a baby looks like dad. This book is filled with facinating insights into human nature. Read by Simon Prebble who is my favorite narrator only adds to the book! yes its a science book so if your not into science you may not enjoy it. But if your a nerd you will love it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel Medford, MA, United States 02-07-12
    Gabriel Medford, MA, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "good info except some blind western assumptions"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I learned quite a bit of information from the Red Queen but some of the baseline assumptions are quite stereotypical of a western view point and lacks any discussion of the various types of relationships beyond traditional pair bonding (marriage) and polygamy (as defined by one man and several women).


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    Carolina Collao Calgary, AB Canada 06-10-15
    Carolina Collao Calgary, AB Canada 06-10-15
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    "Not to the point"

    First half is interested but too slow. I had Problems following but the second half which is more human oriented was very interesting

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    Godfrey Melhado 05-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It provides incite on human relationships"

    The book is well written, and has answered questions about male and female roles in society. The incite why women and men mate. Why men have developed the standard female acquisition techniques.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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