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The Evolution of Desire

Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
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Publisher's Summary

If we all want love, why is there so much conflict in our most cherished relationships? To answer this question we must look into our evolutionary past, argues prominent psychologist David M. Buss. Based one of the largest studies of human mating ever undertaken, encompassing more than 10,000 people of all ages from 37 cultures worldwide, The Evolution of Desire is the first work to present a unified theory of human mating behavior.

Drawing on a wide range of examples of mating behavior - from lovebugs to elephant seals, from the Yanomamö tribe of Venezuela to online dating apps - Buss reveals what women want, what men want, and why their desires radically differ. Love has a central place in human sexual psychology, but conflict, competition, and manipulation also pervade human mating - something we must confront in order to control our own mating destiny.

Fully revised and updated to reflect the very latest scientific research on human mating, this classic work of evolutionary psychology explains the powerful forces that shape our most intimate desires.

©2018 David M. Buss (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Awesome, awesome book

This book was very enlightening. I learned alot about anthropology and sex and stuff. Very good 👌

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This is the Book

this is the book where you can finish in a day without ever being bored or thinking your just listening to a filler just to make the book long. this is indeed a long book but would not mater once you have started listening. all the meat started at Chapter 4. 😉

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Looks, Money, Status.

For me this book redefined how to look at things and make it even more clearly as to why it is of importance to me to focus on my career and find a close to optimal match for a partner.

Having supreme social skills is not enough
Having only money is not enough.

Both are of importance.

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An amazing, gripping, beautifully written book.

brings for the the science of mating evolution in a context that explains modern day mating dynamics. excellent.

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One of the best books what I recommend to survivor

There are few books what give you the AHA moment, and this is one of them. I highly recommend this because you will have a complete overview what is happening in planet Earth and why - if you are a human.

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Excellent overview of evolutionary psychology!

Wonderful balanced overview of evolutionary psychology with a healthy dose of reserved speculations on human nature mixed with body conclusions on human sexuality.

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Very informative, interesting perspective

Some books allow you to step away and view things from a totally fresh perspective, this is such a book.
It is the math of human propagation, something we like to imagine doesn’t exist, yet is intuitively part of every calculation we make. It doesn’t control us, but it does set the stage for most of our behavior, culture and social interaction. To understand it is to better understand ourselves.

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A lot of FAKE 5 star review out there. This is NOT the me of them

This is the go-to book on this subject matter. So good I expect it to be updated throughout the future of evolution

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#MyNonFictionAddiction

A concisely written & well articulated detailing of a tale as old as time; the "Mating-Game" is one that shows no signs of ending ANY time soon! An interesting & thoroughly enlightening read!

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  • D.
  • 03-04-18

Brilliant and enligtening book

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Evolution of Desire?

Demystification of our contemporary sexual morality by exposing our dark human nature to the objective scientific analysis. Evolution and adaptation of different sexual strategies through thousands of generations in the "do or die" world made us humans not particularly nice creatures. Can we overcome our evolutionary heritage?

Any additional comments?

The way we are is result of evolutionary preference by both genders. The most interesting part in the book was the explanation of these preferences.

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  • Mr Martin Marais
  • 01-23-19

Nothing new here

Maybe, it's because I've listened to several books on evolution, but I found that this audiobook offered me nothing that if I gave it some thought I would have thought of myself. Okay the content is based on a huge amount of data, but I'm not sure whether I learnt anything any sensible person could have come up with by simply giving it some serious thought. I did not listen to the whole book, so there may have been some nuggets further into the book, but I did not feel engaged enough to continue.

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  • Ras
  • 04-24-18

wonderful review of evolutionary psychology

I have enjoyed every bit of this book. It reviews the scientific knowledge on mating in a very accessible way. The narration is also perfect as much as the quality knowledge it presents.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-18

Interesting facts around Male and Female desires

Truly an eye opener to make and female behaviour. never saw my own behaviour to be for any reason only that's just how things are.