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Behave

Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Science
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Summary

Random House presents 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 Books Ltd

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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Utterly comprehensive.

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

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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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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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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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brilliant book

so dense and rich, have to read it again!
gives you an idea of human complexity

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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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  • 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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