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Publisher's Summary

Nobody affects us as deeply as our brothers and sisters - not parents, not children, not friends. From the time we - and they - are born, our siblings are our collaborators and co-conspirators, our role models and cautionary tales. They teach us how to resolve conflicts and how not to, how to conduct friendships and when to walk away. Our siblings are the only people we know who truly qualify as partners for life.

In this groundbreaking book, renowned science writer Jeffrey Kluger explores the complex world of siblings in a way that's equal parts science, psychology, sociology, and memoir. Based heavily on new and emerging research, The Sibling Effect examines birth order, ongoing twin studies, genetic encoding of behavioral traits, how emotional disorders can affect - and be affected by - sibling relationships, and much more.

With his signature insight and humor, Kluger takes big ideas about siblings and turns them into smart, accessible writing that will help anyone understand the importance of siblings in our lives.

©2011 Jeffrey Kluger (P)2011 Tantor

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"This book had a profound impact on me that I never could have anticipated.... It's a compelling and beautifully written story, interwoven with fascinating, cutting-edge research." (David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy)

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  • Rob
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 06-25-12

This is the only book I never finished

I have several hundred audio books in a wide range of areas in my Library and I have enjoyed almost every one of them. I am a certified soft touch as a listener and reviewer. So here is the bad news. This is the only book out of the hundreds that I disliked enough not to finish. I should have been the target audience for this book (seven kids in the family). Instead I found the book to be simplistic, mostly wrong and excruciatingly dull.

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  • Hank
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 11-19-11

No Malcolm Gladwell

It's not horrible, but if you think you're going to get a sort-of Malcolm Gladwell take on siblings, you're going to be disappointed (as I was). Kluger spends too much time on personal anecdotes, and he isn't a good enough writer to mine and deliver the most interesting stuff from the science and studies he discusses. Also, the narrator's voice sounds too much like a haughty game show announcer.

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  • Martin
  • HILTON, NY, United States
  • 05-07-12

interesting and infomative

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book was recommended to me by a co-worker with 2 young children. My kids are grown but it did a good job of explaining the interactions I have observed over the years

What does Pete Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As with many audio books the format brings the story to life . He speaks in a conversational tone that seems to mirror the author's thoughts.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes