We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Third Chimpanzee Audiobook

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

Regular Price:$31.50
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The Development of an Extraordinary Species....

We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet - having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art - while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins?

In this fascinating, provocative, passionate, funny, endlessly entertaining work, renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning author and scientist Jared Diamond explores how the extraordinary human animal, in a remarkably short time, developed the capacity to rule the world...and the means to irrevocably destroy it.

©2006 Jared Diamond (P)2012 Random House Audio

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (630 )
5 star
 (356)
4 star
 (204)
3 star
 (56)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (5)
Overall
4.4 (542 )
5 star
 (318)
4 star
 (157)
3 star
 (59)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (4)
Story
4.5 (543 )
5 star
 (327)
4 star
 (174)
3 star
 (38)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Charles USA 03-08-13
    Charles USA 03-08-13 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    322
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    396
    32
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    23
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "1992 really?"

    As a huge Jared Diamond fan I had probably unconsciously made my mind up about this book before I read a single page. It is an older book, and that was particularly irksome to me at several points when I thought to myself "I could have learned and known all this in 1992". If you have read other works by Jared Diamond there is some overlap. The beginnings of 'Guns germs and steel" as well as 'Collapse' are here. Those ideas each get about a chapter and a half toward the end. For some that may be repetitive, but there is plenty not covered in his other other books, such as the genetics of aging and mate selection. The narration is great, nothing to distract from the book itself. Bottom line if you like Jared Diamond you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Maria Cuculiza ŽLima, Pérou 12-22-12
    Maria Cuculiza ŽLima, Pérou 12-22-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Intriguing and sobering!"
    What did you love best about The Third Chimpanzee?

    Diamond's original and well documented points of view.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Scientific interest tied to human future.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was very much impressed by biocide in islands and the Americas due to humankind.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Meet your close relatives and start thinking.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    matthew 12-08-12
    matthew 12-08-12 Listener Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    153
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    140
    92
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    19
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The title is perhaps a bit misleading"

    The author is a very talented and insightful writer due to his extensive knowledge about a myriad of subjects and his frequent first hand research of ancient cultures,modern man and animals.For fans of environmental protection and preservation of our resources he has a lot to say.There are plenty of people here who don't believe in global warming or man's eventual demise,but I think he has proven how man,despite his talent for language and his ability to stand upright and do amazing things with his hands,is not really that far removed from his ape ancestors.The evolution from ape to man took quite a long time and the resulting characteristics that differentiate man from ape are well substantiated.He also points out how man has many shortcomings compared to his animal counterparts,such as elephants generating up to six sets of teeth in a life time or lizards that can regrow lost tails for instance.Furthermore,man's ability to proliferate and reproduce may not be as good as a rabbits or rats,but we have done so much to out live nearly every other species that we are becoming the planet's number one danger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MM 11-02-12
    MM 11-02-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    62
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Jumping too quickly to conclusions"

    I was really interested in reading/listening to a book about how evolutionary biology explains current human behavior... I think this book does address the topic but I wished it organized the supporting data more clearly and was less glib about the conclusions reached.

    It is clear the author is well versed in the topic. However his extrapolations seemed rather extreme at times - in one case going from an example of a friend he has to a statement regarding general mate selection preference for all humans...

    It could be that his general conclusions are well supported in other studies he did not cite or cited elsewhere in the book, but the way the material is presented made the conclusions seem very capricious… As a result, reading the book feels very uncomfortable as I feel a lot of facts are missing...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Stanimir Grigorov 10-23-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "some interesting learnings but outdated"

    a lot if the theories he puts forward have been proven wrong for example Neanderthal dna is proven to exist in Europeans. other than this it gives good insight into scientific method in anthropology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kip 10-21-17
    Kip 10-21-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    88
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Listen"

    I have read other Diamonds books. This one equally as well researched and written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jim Spahr 10-01-17
    Jim Spahr 10-01-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Out standing"

    As important today as when first published in '92. A must read. Is there still hope?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jared 07-11-17
    Jared 07-11-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Book"

    This book is great detailing the history and evolution of mankind. Highly informative... if you are looking at this book just get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Karen 05-26-17
    Karen 05-26-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I should have read this 20 years ago!"

    Better late than never! Really well done, with clear explanations for his conclusions. It was written in 1992, so I am looking forward to his next books, in chronological order. I liked the narrator, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    pablo 03-14-17
    pablo 03-14-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A primer to Diamond's other works?"

    This broad ranging book reads to me like a an overview of Jared Diamond's other books, covering each of his pet topics: Our similarity to chimps, a circumstantial (rather than racist) explanation for the success of European conquerors, the breadcrumb trail that is Proto-Indo-European linguistics, Papua New Guinea anecdotes, bird taxonomy, man's long history of environmental degradation and species eradication.
    Mr. Diamond seems less assured as a writer here, and there are some rather daft tangents, (warning, at one point, of the existential danger of searching for alien life.) but overall it is a fun and enlightening book and may be a helpful primer anyone not steeled for the epic slog through Guns, Germs, and Steel or Collapse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.