Try free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

1 credit a month to use on any title, yours to keep (you’ll use your first credit on this title).
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
Access to exclusive deals and discounts.
$16.45 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy Now for $30.38

Buy Now for $30.38

Pay using coupon balance (if available) then card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions Of Use and Privacy Notice and authorise Audible to charge your designated credit card or another available credit card on file.

Publisher's Summary

Recommended as one of The Times' Best Science Books of 2021

Through riveting personal stories and the latest research, Harvard evolutionary biologist Carole Hooven shows how testosterone drives the behaviour of the sexes apart and how understanding the science behind this hormone is empowering for all.

The biological source of masculinity has inspired fascination, investigation and controversy since antiquity. From the eunuchs in the royal courts of ancient China to the booming market for 'elixirs' of youth in 19th-century Europe, humans have been obsessed with identifying and manipulating what we now know as testosterone. And the trend shows no signs of slowing down. Thanks to this history and the methods of modern science, today we have a rich body of research about testosterone's effects in both men and women. 

The science is clear: testosterone is a major, invisible player in our relationships, sex lives, athletic abilities, childhood play, gender transitions, parenting roles, violent crime and so much more. But there is still a lot of pushback to the idea that it does, in fact, contribute to sex differences and significantly influence behaviour.

Hooven argues that acknowledging testosterone as a potent force in society doesn't reinforce stifling gender norms or patriarchal values. Testosterone and evolution work together to produce a huge variety of human behaviour, and that includes a multitude of ways to be masculine and feminine.

Understanding the science sheds light on how we work and relate to one another, how we express anger and love, and how we fight bias and problematic behaviour to build a fairer society.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Carole Hooven (P)2021 Octopus Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"The definitive book on testosterone.... A brave and significant book...simply fascinating and filled with extraordinary facts." (Evening Standard

"Testosterone does what all superb popular science must do: it entertains as it educates." (The Wall Street Journal)   

"Fascinating, vital, unputdownable." (Julie Bindel) 

What listeners say about Testosterone

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    11
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    11
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    12
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Interesting learning more on T, however

There was a bit of man hating with regard to physical / sexual assault. There was no mention of female or male Infidelity, cuckoldry's, promiscuity, manipulation and or any other bedroom battles.

The scientific parts seemed solid to the layperson.

Thanks for the book

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

great book. let down slightly by narrator

great book. information given in an easy to understand way. easy to follow for the lay person. however it was let down slightly by the narrator. quiet a few times it seems that the more technical parts were recorded completely separately from the rest of the sentence and it really disjoints the flow. sounds almost robotic at parts. not enough to ruin the experience.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent book

Very clear, very informative, and very enjoyable to listen to. The evidence from scientific research is discussed in great depth with illustrations from personal stories. The best book I have seen on this topic.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for 匿名
  • 匿名
  • 12-07-2021

A Very Well Written Course On Human Behavior

This was an excellent listen. Carole Hooven brought a staggering body of evolutionary biology into a single, balanced, and very compelling read.

In light of the current day's gender-difference charged world, she breaks down poor arguments and explains the roots of male behavior in a way that teaches without justifying.

I'll be buying copies of this book for my friends.

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sarah Gibson
  • Sarah Gibson
  • 11-08-2021

Twee American narrator more than l could bear

Subject matter sounded very interesting, but the narrator was very irritating. Will return and get paperback version.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for JKH
  • JKH
  • 20-05-2022

Good overall information and explanation.

The book fits nicely into the male/female differences type, where an understanding of how biology effects people is useful in figuring out humans odd behaviour.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Edward
  • Edward
  • 22-12-2021

Balanced, well researched

It’s lovely to see a book address sex differences and behaviour in such a balanced way, this is a wonderful addition for people who are fans of Steven Pinker (Blank Slate, Better Angels Of Our Nature).

It does a great job of addressing some of the legitimate grievances of the feminist movement while holding strongly accountable for its misinformation and demonisation of men.

I would have liked to hear more about the authors thoughts of the fear women harbour towards male aggressiveness,as she only touched on it for a moment. However I suppose that would be more a psychological talking point than a biological talking point with regard to interactions between the sexes.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Astrid Maria Ann Dixon
  • Astrid Maria Ann Dixon
  • 18-12-2021

We need more people like Carole!

Beautifully researched and carefully written with just the truth and no bias to any particular type of person as hard as it might have been for the author to put her own experiences and emotions aside.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-2021

Interesting and well written

It was an interesting listen with the facts laid out clearly and how they don't implicate any kind of prescription for how things SHOULD be.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for M. Mcdermott
  • M. Mcdermott
  • 26-10-2021

The content is great, the narration is not.

The narrator clearly has no understanding of what she is reading, as her tone and inflection do not match the content much of the time.

I know this subject and the science very well, but at times I found even my mind struggling to comprehend the words being said in such a mismatched tone of voice.

The author speaks exceptionally well, and should have read this herself like she wanted.

Bad move audible.

This is an important book, but get the Kindle version if you have the time to read it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-09-2021

Fantastic and gripping

A fantastic review of testosterone. Carol does a great job of telling an interesting and easy to follow narrative through endocrinology, that is so often told in an incomprehensible manner with lots of tricky jargon. As a male reader I found it refreshing that this story was told and explained by a female. And Rachel did a great job at narrating, with plenty of rising internations to keep the listener attentive.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for 匿名
  • 匿名
  • 19-09-2021

Excellent

A throughout and scholary debunking of testosterone skeptics who are astonishingly still around and infecting academia with pseudoscience and lies. Bravo.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.