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Why are you attracted to a certain “type?” Why are you a morning person? Why do you vote the way you do? From a witty new voice in popular science comes a clever, life-changing look at what makes you you.

“I can’t believe I just said that.” “What possessed me to do that?” “What’s wrong with me?” 

We’re constantly seeking answers to these fundamental human questions, and now, science has the answers. The foods we enjoy, the people we love, the emotions we feel, and the beliefs we hold can all be traced back to our DNA, germs, and environment. This witty, colloquial book is popular science at its best, describing in everyday language how genetics, epigenetics, microbiology, and psychology work together to influence our personality and actions. 

Mixing cutting-edge research and relatable humor, Pleased to Meet Me is filled with fascinating insights that shine a light on who we really are - and how we might become our best selves.

©2019 Bill Sullivan (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Allie Raines
  • 12-05-2021

Interesting listen

Really interesting book. The author/editor was smart to save the politics and religion for the end of the book; if it would have started with that I never would have listened to the rest. Dude needs to do some psilocybin therapy before he goes on and on about things science can’t disprove any more than it can prove. Aside from that entire chunk of preaching science as a religion harder than any bible beating christian I’ve ever seen, as if something religious scarred him as a child and now he’s hellbent on convincing the reader *repetitively* that there is no such thing as a soul and it’s one of the worst fallacies we can pass on to others blah blah blah, the actual scientifically relevant rest of the book was great. I’m a huge fan of objective science. But I’m also a huge fan of the rest of the universe that science, and apparently this author, can’t reach yet; and more than maybe both of those, I’m a huge fan of not pushing shit on people either way and especially not when you haven’t experienced more than one perspective for yourself. That annoyed me enough to write a review, but really the rest WAS very interesting and fun to think about.

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  • Jay Allred
  • 15-05-2020

Eye-Opening and Interesting

Overall I liked this book, in theory I know that i’m just a brain that built itself a husk to pass on genetic material but confronting that reality is something else. Basically get ready to have a bit of an existential crisis if you’re anything like me. The only drawback was that some of the humor was pretty forced, like a dad trying to make his teenagers laugh, I couldn’t decide if this improved or detracted from the book.

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  • A Customer
  • 23-11-2019

What makes people so different? Lay-reader-friendly book with humor and pop culture references


Fun, very good science read about who we are and what helped make us that way. If you’re science-wary, I think this is a lay-reader-friendly book with a LOT of pop culture references—which helps bridge the knowledge gap between biosciences and the layman. This book has up-to-date information about “newer” topics—including epigenetics, the human microbiome, parasites, etc.—with understandable explanations. Here are some topics: tastes, appetites, addictions, moods, beliefs, etc.

I recommend this book to lay readers who wish to learn about what’s new in biosciences. This includes my paralegal/admin-assistant sister, because we have identical twin cousins with diametrically opposite personalities. I was interested in how a combination of genetics, epigenetics, family dynamics, and social environment influence child development.

OTOH, if you have more than a moderate science or medical background, you should read the sample before buying. I listened to the audiobook, which features an excellent narrator, and I liked the Audible version so much, I re-listened to selected chapters!

Note: I have a biomedical background. I’m not one for sitcoms or campy musicals, and I rarely read satire or comedy, so I docked a star.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2020

Interesting Book

As an expert in economics & finance, I enjoyed so much this book of microbiology & genetics. Because, is engaging and novel. Also,I like the good humour of the writer and the good narration.

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  • Rocky Anunnaki
  • 03-02-2020

it's a must-have.

Fact after fact after fact.
If you love the truth this is your book.

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  • Brandt
  • 28-03-2021

It was nice to learn more about me...

Super interesting and quite enjoyed the little jokes throughout. Would (and have) recommend it to anyone!

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  • Pinkie 500
  • 12-03-2021

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC

I have read over 70 books this year and I have to say that this is BY FAR my favorite. I wish I could find more books like this that are just as heavily researched!

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  • Fion Fong
  • 08-02-2021

Very interesting!

I originally thought this book would go on about some psychology related origins of human, but turns out that this is all about brains and genes and many predetermined characteristics of human. Nonetheless, I still find it very interesting to listen, found out so much more about myself. But I’ll say this book isn’t for everyone, some of the things here, is so much easier to understand if you have science background, or else maybe you would find it hard and boring at times.

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  • Jennifer
  • 06-02-2021

Wonderful book...until the author starts preaching his opinions and loses objectivity

This book is worth a read-up to a point. The studies and information are well chosen and clearly explained. Jokes are peppered throughout, so the reader initially breezes through the information. But the ride stops at Chapter 9, when he becomes increasingly self-righteous about his own opinions. A bit shocking because, in the very next breath, he advises us not to "cling to our beliefs". His scornful, superior language is off-putting, even to someone who's inclined to agree with the opinions. He tears down beliefs he dislikes with unconcealed contempt and insults. Falsifiability is the gold standard for empirical work. Yet the author abandons any hint of empiricism and declares souls have been "proved" not to exist (by studies that do no such thing), for one example. Scientists do not claim (if they are sane) to be able to prove or falsify souls or an existence beyond death. The author's arrogance at the end spoiled what, for me, was otherwise a decent book.

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  • Laura
  • 28-01-2021

Amazing book for biology fans

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. so much so that I'm going to give it another listen after I submit this review. The author provides you with great examples and explanations. honestly, you don't even have to know too much about genetics to be able to understand what he's talking about. he explains it that well. and he keeps you entertained the whole time. 10/10 would recommend.

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