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Behave

Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Science
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Publisher's 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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Both inspiring and frightening

A wonderful review of current scientific approaches to understanding our behaviour. It begins with a passionate dramatic scene which we hope to undesrtand, I was left at the end frightened of the book's conclusions. I don't know if Sapolsky realises this was offered in the section where he describes his visit with his wife back to see what happened with the rubbish dump primates. In between the lines is the similar thinking that drove the person he fantastically attacks at the beginning. After all we are just like cars.

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Superb

Delightful work! As always Dr Sapolsky put in his vast and deep understanding of the subject into the book.

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fascinating

absolutely brilliant. will change the way you see the world. not at all like that pop culture science we all are sick of

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Poor narration kills science

Great book in paperback. Hard going in audio as narrator seemingly doesn't understand what he's reading

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highly recommend to everyone!

great writer and educator using a multidisciplinary approach, accessible language, and humour to explore a fascinating topic

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  • Irene
  • 19-01-2019

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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  • Hannah
  • 18-08-2018

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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  • Mark
  • 25-08-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-2019

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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  • 匿名
  • 07-08-2019

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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  • Kieran Flood
  • 09-11-2019

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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  • jonathan
  • 17-09-2019

Utterly comprehensive.

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

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  • Louise B
  • 14-09-2018

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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  • Rockstar's mum
  • 09-10-2019

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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  • Duvethead
  • 05-05-2019

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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  • bill
  • 26-03-2020

Just brilliant

For anyone interested in how their brain works this is most illuminating.
For anyone interested in how groups, religions, nations work it is even more fascinating.
I’ll have to listen to it again.