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Brought to you by Penguin. 

The audiobook edition of Behave by Robert Sapolsky, read by Michael Goldstrom.

The New York Times best seller.

Winner of the 2017 LA Times Book Prize.

Why do human beings behave as they do? 

We are capable of savage acts of violence but also spectacular feats of kindness: is one side of our nature destined to win out over the other?

Every act of human behaviour has multiple layers of causation, spiralling back seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, even centuries, right back to the dawn of time and the origins of our species. 

In the epic sweep of history, how does our biology affect the arc of war and peace, justice and persecution? How have our brains evolved alongside our cultures?

This is the exhilarating story of human morality and the science underpinning the biggest question of all: what makes us human?

©2018 Robert M Sapolsky (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Awe-inspiring...You will learn more about human nature than in any other book I can think of." (Henry Marsh)

"One of the best scientist-writers of our time." (Oliver Sacks)

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Slow to start but it all comes together

Don't miss this. If behaviour from nerves to hormones to genetics to environment excited you this book draws them all together. Although it starts slow it's worth the patience

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Fascinating insights and stories

Robert Sapolsky is one of the most intelligent and interesting human behavioural scientists in the world, I'm always amazed by his insights. This is a book everyone needs to read. Sapolsky has unparalleled story telling ability.

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great book, great narration!

I'm very impressed by the narration! It's not easy to remain entertaining and bubbly on a science book. The book itself is entertaining and bubbly overall but there are some passages that are more technical and still the narration is really easy to listen to. The content is absolutely fascinating!

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Very informative

This book does justice to try at least partially to explain why, when or how we do what we do. There is quite a lot to take... And in the end it doesn't claim to provide with all of the answers, it tries and it makes lots of sense. A true science of real and complex world!

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Interesting book but narration is truly dreadful

Difficult to pay attention to the actual content without getting distracted by the narrators annoying and inappropriate voice. Why didn’t Sapolsky himself just narrate it?!! He has a brilliant voice...

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Too much detail

I bought it because it looked interesting and you got a lot of hours for your credit. I now realize this is not necessarily the best method of choosing something. It is just too long and goes into too much depth for the curious generalist, which makes it at times baffling, sometimes tedious and often both. There is some really interesting stuff in here but buried in an avalanche of information. Maybe it's more of a primer for students of the subject but for me it was just too much and took a fascinating subject and managed to make it dull.

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fascinating and educational

Though I have no scientific background, Sapolsky's style of introducing examples and related stories really kept me so engaged.
the voice performance is crystal clear.
Though this book isn't really a story, Sapolsky summarises previous perceptions and current understanding of neuroscience in a way that a complete layman like myself can understand and relate to.
I am actually ready for another listen to get a deeper understanding of the material!

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Utterly comprehensive.

This review requires at least fifteen words to submit, so here we are. Awesome Book.

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Good for curious geeks who drive long distances.

I have been educated. I've read his work before, it's nice to have it read to you.

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A very accessible book on a very complex subject.

Robert Sapolsky writes in an engaging way, yet manages a thorough over view of current thinking on a very complex subject.

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  • Irene
  • 19-01-19

shame on Audible for bad delivery of a great book

The book is fantastic.
Embarrassing delivery by Audible. Chapter numbering is wrong. Appendices are noy listed separately. Does not work on Kindle app only on Audible app.

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  • Seba76
  • 20-04-20

Revolutionary knowledge

when I finished it I thought, I want more. Professor Sapolsky offered on this book a broad and deep analysis of a variety topics that can affect behavior under determined conditions; genetics, epigenetics, environment, culture and so on. I highly recommend this piece of knowledge

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