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Pleased to Meet Me

Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are
Narrated by: Alex Boyles
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-02-2020

A must listen for anyone in the Psychology field

It explained so much in such a way that even someone without a medical/psychology background could understand. I will be listening to it again!

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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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  • H2O_Doc
  • 28-11-2019

Very interesting book; “humor” awful.

Good and very interesting book. The author’s frequent attempts and humor were, however, AWFUL. Just bad: not offensive, just not ever close to funny. Still worth it, but someone ask the author to leave the humor to the professionals as it was a significant distraction.

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  • natalia
  • 14-10-2019

very insightful and inspiring

very insightful and inspiring, great compilation of recent discoveries and ideas of human nature, plenty of scientific references.

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  • Music Lover
  • 10-10-2019

fascinating information clouded by too many jokes

this book provides fascinating and useful information in an easy-to-understand way without talking down. The only thing I didn't like about the book was never ending pop references and jokes that detracted from the useful information.

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  • Michelle Deets Haynes
  • 03-10-2019

Interesting Insight for my Inner Layman Scientist

As an enviro-centric moderate, I've been looking for material to give me some insight on tribal politics. How can two people observe the same topic/situation and see it so differently? This book gave me some perspective based on gene studies. I didn't mind the pop/nerd humor, but I can see how it would annoy some readers/listeners [I'm an Audible book consumer].

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  • Sherry
  • 24-09-2019

Full of interesting and fun information! Highly recommend!

Loved loved loved this book. It was very well written and funny! I couldn’t get enough! Many parts made me laugh out loud. Loved all his references to pop culture thru the years. If this guy taught biosciences to me in college I could have become a brain surgeon! such interesting information and will make for great discussions!